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Hoekstra for Governor


Experience Information

Employer: Hoekstra for Governor
Job Title: Intern
Major: International Relations
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: No

Description of the Organization

Hoekstra for Governor is an organization committed to getting conservative republican Pete Hoekstra elected to the office of Governor of Michigan. There are currently three offices with one in Grand Rapids, Shelby Township and the Headquarters in Holland. In the main office in Holland there are about 20 staff members and just as many interns. The main objective of the campaign is for Pete to meet with the people of Michigan and listen to their ideas. Pete's message is also presented through television, radio and television.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

I was in charge of keeping track of all Gubernatorial candidate surveys sent into our campaign. My tasks were varied as I helped out in the office wherever I was needed. This may have been attending events and helping to set up, making calls, answering phones, going door to door, setting up yard signs, talking to people who walk into the office, coding donor information or working on financial tasks to comply with state election laws.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

I have learned to work on my interpersonal skills when conversing with potential voters. I have also gained more knowledge about Michigan laws and elections. I improved my typing and spreadsheet skills. In addition I became knowledgeable about what is very important to Michigan voters.

Favorite Part of the Experience

My favorite part of this internship was biking with Pete on the weekends because I was able to do something I enjoy while getting to talk to Pete.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

I may plan to work in the political field instead of the International Relations which is what my degree is in.

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