We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.
Southwest Airlines' Political Communication Internships span across three different Teams within the Airport Affairs Department, Communication and Outreach Department, and Governmental Affairs Department. If selected, you will work fulltime as a Team Member within one of the following areas:
The Airport Affairs Team works within the Airport Affairs Department. They protect and advance Southwest’s interests by obtaining airport or real estate business solutions. The Team builds deep and wide relationships with Internal Customers and External Partners like airport directors and owners (e.g. cities, municipalities, nonprofit entities).
Community Affairs and Grassroots
The Community Affairs and Grassroots Team works within the Communication and Outreach Department. They manage relationships with Community Partners, lead cross-Departmental Internal Teams for local outreach, and train Employees on how to be constituent advocates for Southwest Airlines to their local elected officials.
The Governmental Affairs Team works within the Governmental Affairs Department. They support Southwest’s State/Local and Federal initiatives as well as the Company’s Political Action Committee.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Tasks for each Team include, but aren’t limited to:
-Assisting with the planning and running of special events
-Writing, editing, and updating forms and other documents for use in the field
-Generate reports on information needed by various Team Members for day-to-day use
-Attend and record information in meetings and provide recaps to the Team
-Communicate with outside sources, vendors, Teams, and Internal/External Customers via personal contact, telephone, and written correspondence
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.
Progress towards degree with major/minor in Political Science, Government, Communications, Public Administration, Business Administration, or other related degree required.
Minimum junior level at start of internship.
To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a fulltime student (minimum 12 credit hours).
Maintained 3.0 or above cumulative GPA.
Ability to work independently and the willingness to function as a part of a Team.
Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and complete assignments with tight deadlines.
Ability to manage time and multiple tasks effectively.
Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications (PowerPoint, Excel, and Word).
Experience in Graphic Design and Photoshop preferred.
Previous writing experience preferred (press releases/factual writing).
Previous part-time job or internship experience preferred.
Worked on a political campaign or worked as an intern or staff assistant to an elected official preferred.
Involvement in campus organizations, clubs, or extracurricular activities preferred.
Previous Leadership positions are a plus.
Event planning experience a plus.
Intern may be required to work a flexible schedule.
Travel may be required for this internship including multiple day stays at various event or work locations.
This internship may require Business Professional attire for specific events or work functions.
PLEASE BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (IF REQUESTED):
Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.