Guest Article from Teenage Community Leader in Saudi Arabia

My name is Maysoon and I am a 15-year-old rising junior currently attending an American international school in the city of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. I love public speaking, debate and Model UN. These activities have helped me create my own charity to help Syrian refugees as well as start my own literary journal for Arabs looking to express themselves.


I am very interested in politics and studying what is happening around me. It is something that I would love to pursue as a job; working for the United Nations would be an absolute dream for me! And because of that, I have always wanted the opportunity to do an internship for a political party, a member of the government, or a politician but due to my location, I knew that it would be hard to find one. That was when I decided to look for a remote political internship.


When it comes to political internships, it seems to be that most of them are quite local, where you would be serving your mayor, governor, or even senator. And although that may be quite a great experience, it is not available to everyone. There are millions of students your age that would love to do internships but cannot due to their location.

This is where the concept of a remote internship comes into the play.


Now, what is it? A remote internship is conducted from the comfort of your own home, with most communications being done through apps like Zoom or Skype. A student would be assigned approximately 10-15 hours a week to work and report to their boss at the end of the week, just like they would in any other internship. From past experiences, these political internships involve the intern doing advocacy work and advocating for what the campaign they are with stands for. These jobs would require having to talk to people in the community and arranging ways where they can inform others about the campaign. An intern would make phone calls to people of their city or even try to advocate the passing of a certain bill in their neighborhoods.


Another type of remote political internship would be where the intern is in charge of analyzing and copying data which helps them get an insight into political trends that might be occurring and people’s thoughts. The beauty of these internships is their flexibility, since an intern would not have to be tied to a tight schedule. That is due to tasks being assigned weekly and the boss will only check up on them once a week, which allows the intern to pursue other extracurriculars that they may want to do.

And these opportunities for political internships have spread fast, with more than 700,000 listings on various websites such as www.internships.com, www.roundpier.com, and www.indeed.com. These websites allow for local or even global politicians to be able to find willing and eager interns by posting a listing and having them submit their resumes. These interns can get to work almost immediately and assist the politician in whatever help they may need. And with elections coming up for most positions, there are many campaign intern positions open right now where the person will be in charge of planning all the details in the running politician’s campaign, which would involve gathering more volunteers, how to reach a larger amount of people and really spread their message.


You can also get the opportunity to volunteer for political campaigns through a website called www.volunteermatch.com, which shows you with all the types of volunteering you may enjoy doing. Volunteering would differ a bit as it is more relaxed and would not require any sort of commitment. A volunteer may simply be available for a few days a month and use their time and effort to contribute to the campaign in whatever ways are needed, from sending texts or calls, to teaching citizens how to vote. These websites and many more have opened the experience of internships to simply any student that has a resume and the dedication needed. Other organizations such as The Borgen Project and Think Thank take pride in their remote interns, with more than half of their intern workforce coming that way.


In addition, some congressional offices have made it very easy to get an internship by attaching forms on their website. So always be on the lookout for that as well. Other examples would be the DCCC and University of Texas political website. These websites often have remote internships open for most ages and locations.

So, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to make the most out of your summer while learning about the subject you love and are passionate about. Good luck on your journey!

Maysoon Hussein