Candidate for Mayor, Gary Soiseth, has announced that his campaign is offering fall internships for positions in field operations, public and university outreach, and mass communications. The Gary Soiseth for Mayor Campaign is offering the internships to qualified students at Turlock-area high schools and colleges.
“I started my public policy career as an intern for then Congressman George Radanovich,” Soiseth said. “I was exposed to the decision-making process of a campaign and was able to engage with the community. I am happy to extend this opportunity to Turlock’s high school and college students.”
Soiseth was the first Mayoral candidate to officially file his campaign papers, and remains in regular attendance of Turlock City Council meetings.
Interns will be exposed to “practical, campaign-style politics on a local level” according to Campaign Manager Josh Weimer and have access to local civic and political leaders as well as gain an inside look at the strategies, policies, and procedures involved in a local mayoral race.
Interns will meet at various locations throughout Turlock and must be able to provide their own transportation.
Two opportunities for involvement with the campaign will be available: “Campaign Volunteer” and “Campaign Intern.”
Volunteers will commit to 10 to 15 hours for a single event or events, while Interns will commit to a larger program of roughly 10 hours per week until the end of the election.
“This campaign taught me a lot about community outreach,” said Heath Rojas, one of the campaign’s 10 summer interns and a Turlock High School graduate. “We worked long hours, but Gary was right there with us every step of the way. It’s rare to work so closely with a candidate and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Former California State University, Stanislaus student of Soiseth’s and Master’s of Political Science student at CSU Chico Jaydeep Bhatia also had good things to say about his experience interning with the campaign over summer.
“Gary is a great candidate to work with and for,” said Bhatia. “I loved my internship with his campaign and I encourage anyone interested in a hands-on experience in local politics to join his efforts.”
Positions are unpaid, but high school or university community service or academic credit can be received if the intern performs independent coordination with his or her high school or college. The campaign will verify hours worked.
According to the campaign, the ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Reliability in attendance and performance of duties.
- Ability to research local policy issues, with good analytical and communication skills.
- Professionalism in appearance and demeanor, to include responsible actions throughout campaign in his or her personal and professional life.
Those interested in applying for either option of service, Campaign Volunteer or Campaign Intern, should send a cover letter and resume to Josh Weimer, Campaign Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 706; Turlock, CA 95381-0706. Completed materials will be accepted until Sept. 5.