Intern for MA-State Representative Cleon H. Turner

Posted August 16, 2012 Employer: Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Approximate Deadline: 2013

Cleon H. Turner is a state representative in the 1st Barnstable district serving Brewster, Dennis and Yarmouth. Details and descriptions of internship are below. Please note that this is an unpaid internship.

  • Mail – interns should retrieve, open, and sort the mail daily; highlighting matters that need immediate attention from constituents or towns within the district.
  • Scheduling – interns are responsible for scheduling events on the representative’s calendar; communicating with representative about which events he plans on attending and RSVP-ing accordingly.
  • Events – occasionally, interns will be asked to attend lobby day events or briefings within the State House and draft a memo about the event. Interns are also encouraged to attend events they find interesting.
  • Database Work – while it isn’t glamorous, logging constituent phone calls and cases into Excel spreadsheets keep the office operating smoothly and interns should expect to do so at least once a week.
  • Bill Tracking – a very important part of the office. The representative needs to stay on top of legislation he has sponsored and cosponsored. The logical extension of this is for letter writing and constituent correspondence (see below).
  • Letter Writing – depending on the individual’s writing abilities, letter writing will be assigned to legislative committees and constituents.
  • Constituent Correspondence – in addition to writing response letters to constituents, interns are responsible for creating official citations commemorating events for constituents.
  • Researching Bills/Issues – at least once per semester, interns will be asked to research a particular legislative issue. This may mean examining the practices of other states or taking a look at the pros and cons of both sides here in Massachusetts. The information is then boiled down to a one-two page memo for the representative to help him make an informed decision about the issue and/or to help him advocate one way or the other on that issue.
  • Other Misc. Projects – will be assigned based on initial work assessment. Previous projects include: writing an opinion piece for a local paper; drafting memos; working on Rep. Turner’s Regional School Caucus and Calendar Sessions
  • Contact

    Department of Political Science
    301 Meserve Hall
    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA 02115
    617-373-2796 (Ph)
    617-373-5311 (F)
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