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Hey Interns!

Posted By Genna Schwartz, GAIN Intern, Friday, July 29, 2011

Hey interns!

Ready to get paid, or at least get paid more? GAIN understands that going from an internship to a career in politics can be difficult, and we’re here to help!

We’re bringing you Courtney Sieloff with Revolution Messaging, and the founder of JobsThatAreLEFT, as well as Tom Manatos with the DNC and founder of his own self-titled listserv! These two will have tons of valuable advice about how to succeed in politics, you won’t want to miss!

We will also be discussing how to get your political resume absolutely perfect, and how to write a remarkable cover letter. As well as how to get the most out of your current internship, networking, and what your next steps should be.

We hope to see you there - Register here!

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  get a job  job seeking  networking  training 

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Join us for a beer tonight!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Woah - it's hot out there!! Come on outta the heat tonight and join GAIN for some cold frosty beer!

Then come on out to join us tonight from 6 - 8pm at Public Bar for our Young Professional Beer Tasting Event!

Details can be found here -- registration is now closed but you can buy a ticket at the door. Your $50 ticket buys you 4 beers and access to network with a bunch of fabulous DC young professionals! AND you get to support Democratic GAIN and the work we do for YOU!

Join us tonight!

Tags:  events  Happy hour  networking 

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Next Week's Must Do Training!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Friday, June 24, 2011
It's been great getting so many resumes from GAIN members across the country the last few weeks. We're hoping to add to the list of places we're going to and get to as many cities as possible in the next few months to collect even more resumes from all of you that are interested in working on a campaign!

But before you drop your resume off with us, or even after you do, you should make sure it's in the best shape it can be.

Sign up for Tuesday's Resume & Job Search workshop!

We'll have a ton of great advice on how to do a political resume, how to write a cover letter that sticks out and where and when you'll find the jobs this cycle.

Tuesday's workshop is in person and via webinar - and we record it so you can watch it at any time that works for you! This is a must attend for anyone who's giving out the resume for a job in politics. We have just two more in person slots left - sign up today!

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  job seeking  job tips  resume advice 

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REMINDER: GAIN's Speed Networking Labor Event

Posted By Cathy Johnson, GAIN Staff, Monday, June 6, 2011
Just a few spots left! Hurry while there’s still time to join GAIN’s Speed Networking: Labor Event Wednesday! Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to learn from leaders in the labor community about how they support Democratic candidates and fight for many of the same issues that progressives fight for. 
AND – a number of folks are looking to hire!

Come to GAIN's Speed Networking: Labor event!

Tags:  afscme  career development  events  get a job  job seeking  networking  networking; training 

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Speed Networking: Labor!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, June 2, 2011

Get in the labor fight! Join GAIN for a Speed Networking event just on labor!

Ever wonder what goes on in labor unions? The labor community is a BIG supporter of Democratic candidates, and they fight for many of the same issues that progressives fight for.

Sign up for Speed Networking: Labor on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:00 PM. We’ll have leaders from the labor community including representatives from the largest unions in the country!

Space is limited - register to reserve your spot!

Tags:  advice  events  job seeking  networking 

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Hoping to Hop on the Campaign Trail? The DCCC Needs YOU!

Posted By Cathy Johnson, GAIN Staff, Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It’s about that season again--no we’re not talking about swimsuit season--we’re talking about campaign season!  The 2012 elections are right around the corner and we’ve got some great news for those of you out there interested in campaign work.  The DCCC is still in great need of skilled finance directors, deputy finance directors, call time managers and more!  

So update that resume and print out a bunch of copies because the DCCC is hosting an awesome Speed Networking event! This is your chance to meet one-on-one with DCCC staff to discuss opportunities on campaigns. The details are below but even if you can’t make the event don’t let that stop you from contacting the DCCC, they still need you!  

DCCC Speed-Networking
Thursday, June 2, 2011
4:00pm – 6:00pm Please
RSVP to Ashley McNeil at
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 430 South Capitol Street SE Washington, DC 20003
(1st Floor Wasserman Conference Room)  

**Don’t forget your resume!**

Tags:  employers  events  field  fundraising  get a job  interviews  job seeking  networking  networking event 

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Calling All Young Women!

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Monday, March 15, 2010
For all you young women out there who have ever thought you might want to run for office, taking advantage of some Running Start's programs is a great way to learn more and explore the idea a bit further. Running Start educates and inspires young women to run for office and gives them the tools to help them become political leaders.

Running start has a variety of great programs that are worth checking out if you’re interested in learning more about politics and running for office: 

-Running Start's Path to Politics seminars are a great way to get some new info, meet some great women and hear from some smart women panelists. 2010's series discusses the importance of building coalitions when running for office. Check out their website to sign up for April's seminar: Taking Care of Business: Understanding the Business Community.

-The Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship Program might be right for you if you're finishing up college and would like to get some experience by interning on Capitol Hill for a semester for a female Representative or Senator. Housing is provided and each week offers a political seminar to learn the nuts and bolts of politics and the importance of running for elected office. The fall program starts in September and applications are due April 1st.

-Also, keep an eye out for the Young Women to Watch Awards coming up on Wednesday, May 12th.

For more information and updates check their website:

Tags:  career advice  career development  events  internship  networking  skills building 

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Paid GAIN members get a discount to Netroots Nation!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hey folks - I just got word that dues-paying members of Democratic GAIN can get a $50 discount to attend this years Netroots Nation Convention in Pittsburgh next month!

At Netroots Nation, thousands of progressive activists meet to discuss important topics from the environment to the economy and strategize about how to organize and affect change.

And dues-paying Democratic Gain members can attend this grassroots convention for just $225—$50 off the current rate.

Dues paying members should log in and click here to learn the promo code to get $50 off your registration (paid members only). 

Each year, some of the brightest minds and most influential leaders in our country come to Netroots Nation -- past speakers have included President Barack Obama (during his Senate tenure); Vice President Al Gore; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (during her Senate tenure); Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid; and thought-leaders like Lawrence Lessig and Van Jones.

This year's convention will feature the Pennsylvania Leadership Forum with Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak, as well as more than 70 panels and 20 training session, five keynotes, numerous social events, even a film screening series.

Visit to check out the confirmed sessions for 2009 (and check back often, as the Netroots Nation team is adding panels daily).

Some of the panelists for 2009 include Chris Hayes, Rinku Sen, Nico Pitney, Darcy Burner, Jay Rosen, Jamal Simmons, Pam Spaulding, David Sirota, Brad Miller, Digby, Nate Silver, Lawrence Lessig, Howard Dean, Patrick Murphy, Donna Edwards, John Yarmuth, Carol Shea-Porter and many more.

From healthcare to energy and security, there's no better place to strategize our priorities and plan how to make them a reality than at Netroots Nation. Join us in Pittsburgh August 13–16.

In addition to the great panelists, Democratic GAIN is teaming up with career management counsultants, Paths & Bridges, to give your career a quick boost with free Speed Coaching at Netroots Nation 2009!

Come to our booth in the Exhibit Hall and get answers and immediate feedback on your resume, career strategy, personal communication skills or other job-search issues. A lot can happen in 15 minutes. To find out how to sign up for your Speed Coaching session, send and email to with “Speed Coaching” in the subject line.

Hopefully we'll see you there!

Tags:  events  networking 

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Careers in the Administration Panel Confirmed at the Career Bootcamp!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, June 29, 2009
Great news:  We just got confirmation on adding a "Careers in the Administration" Panel to our Progressive Political Career Bootcamp agenda! 

So, make sure you sign up ASAP to join top political operatives sharing their tips & tricks for forging a successful career in politics.


12:00 pm:    Careers in Advocacy with:
Georgie Aguirre-Sacasa, Political Director at America Votes
Seth Johnson, Political Campaign Manager at AFSCME
Nicole Derse, Training Director at Organizing for America

1:00 pm:     Careers on The Hill with:
Jill Allen Murray, Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Dan Maffei
Mike Lynch, Chief of Staff to Sen. Chuck Schumer

2:00 pm:     Careers in Campaigning with:
Marlon Marshall, Field Director for the DCCC
A senior staffer at DSCC

3:00 pm:     Careers in the Administration with:
Paulette Aniskoff in the White House Office of Personnel
Bill Hyers, White House Liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs

4:00 - 5:00 pm:  Career Counseling Specialty Breakout Panels*:
5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Career Counseling Specialty Breakout Panels*:

Tags:  career advice  events  networking 

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Another Successful Career Fair

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, February 9, 2009

Saturday’s Career Fair at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ was so much fun! First of all, it was great to get out of DC and meet a whole new group of employers and individuals. Secondly, the panel discussions rocked – thank you so much to all of our panelists for joining and lending their expertise. I’ve gotten dozens of emails over the weekend from attendees and participants who were just so pleased with everything.

The NJ event would not have happened had it not been for the hard work of Steve Ayscue in NJ and Matt Albert helping with NY. Thank you both so much!

We are interested in doing more events outside of the Washington area. Partnering with someone on the ground helps create great events for all who come. If you want to bring a career fair or networking happy hour to your area, please feel free to contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

Tags:  career fair  events 

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