Intern Testimonials

Looking for an internship that really matters? Check out what a few of our past interns have said about Winning Mark.

I was looking to expand my data management skill set when Winning Mark took me on as a Database Project Assistant responsible for database manipulation, direct mail list preparation and quality control, research and data analysis for the 2012 General Election cycle. Everyone I interacted with was generous with their time and truly interested in making sure that I had the information and tools necessary to be successful. It was a fantastic, rich experience to work with such a dedicated team and to be given “real” responsibilities with real-world impact. My tenure with Winning Mark was an exceptional educational experience.

Rice University
As an intern at Winning Mark during the summer of 2011, I worked primarily on a social media campaign for a nonprofit client. This project gave me first-hand knowledge in using Twitter to expand community outreach, measuring metrics, and responding to the specific needs of a client. I also contributed to the day-to-day operations of the firm, participated in strategy sessions, and gained an insider’s perspective on how political consulting firms win. I enjoyed working with a team of energetic and caring professionals, and I recommend interning at Winning Mark to anyone interested in gaining experience in progressive politics.

Williams College
I worked at Winning Mark during the 2010 elections cycle, when pundits were hailing the red tide coming across the country, but not in Oregon. I truly believe that’s because of Winning Mark’s dedication to progressive causes and campaigns. I am proud of my work and know that I had a small hand in campaigns that truly make a difference in people’s lives. I am going to miss my time at Winning Mark. I learned so much about planning and social media that I know can walk onto any campaign. I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

University of Oregon
Having graduated during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, gaining experience to make myself competitive was vital. At Winning Mark I was given the opportunity to work on direct mail projects and social media campaigns. Not only did I learn how to use these tools within a political environment, but I also was able to work with an amazing team. Learning from enthusiastic, supportive people is truly the best way to spend an internship.

Edinburgh Napier University
Interning at Winning Mark was a great experience. Over three months, I worked with a talented team of people who loved their jobs. The staff was extremely helpful and managed to make me feel like part of the team after only a few days of work at Winning Mark. I had a great variety of tasks, from developing websites to creating web-based campaigns. Most of all, I was able to put into practice my knowledge of web technologies for a rich array of clients. This internship in Portland was a unique opportunity and I will remember it for a long time.

Smith College
I interned for Winning Mark during the summer of 2009. Though I had some familiarity with social media before my internship, I learned great tools for using these platforms (notably Facebook, blogs, and Twitter) within a political context. Having worked in other areas of politics and policy, I really appreciated the exposure to other facets of the political field. I had the opportunity to work on a number of different campaigns, and it was great to get such a broad perspective and range of experience. One of the things that attracted me to Winning Mark was the fact that they only take on issues and candidates they believe in; knowing the importance of the work I was doing was a great motivator (plus, everyone was great to work with, so I enjoyed going to the office in the morning anyway). I was also invited to participate in numerous discussions and strategy sessions, making me feel like I was truly a part of the team.

Kenyon College
I was really lucky to find an internship where I was able to work as a real part of the team and make a difference in the real world. During the course of my internship, I was exposed to every side of the world of campaigns, and learned something new just about every day. All in all, it was an incredible experience!