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The Appointments Division seeks highly qualified individuals to serve on Michigan's more than 200 Boards and Commissions. Boards and Commissions play a vital policy making role in Michigan. Interns will perform research on relevant topics, reach out to various groups and organizations and assist with daily administrative tasks. Interns will learn how to manage the appointments website and database and they will gain an intricate understanding of the appointments process and the role of the Appointments Division in the reinvention of Michigan.
The Communications Division crafts the message that the Governor delivers to the state. Through speeches, web videos and newspaper articles, the Communications Division keeps the state informed. The Communications Division is also responsible for drafting tributes and proclamations honoring the citizens of Michigan. You will learn about and work with different areas of the media - speechwriting, news media, regional press, surrogate press and message and event planning. Interns should possess an interest in media, website editing, speechwriting and researching, or communications. Proficiency in Spanish or other foreign languages preferred.
The Constituent Relations Division is responsible for the Governor's day-to-day outreach to the citizens of Michigan. The Constituent Relations Division works daily to assist citizens with their concerns and issues. Interns in this division are responsible for assisting with research and written correspondence to groups and individuals, along with direct contact with these citizens.
The Office of Legislative Affairs serves as the Governor's primary liaison to the Michigan State Legislature, and is responsible for advancing the Governor's legislative agenda in the state Capitol. Every day, the Legislative team is on the front line, working with Senators, Representative and their staffs to promote the Governor's priorities. Interns will work alongside staff members in our Senate and House liaison office by helping notify Senators and Representatives about executive office initiatives, assisting with research on legislation and floor activity, staffing legislative events and serving as an initial point of contact for legislators.
The Scheduling Division coordinates travel itineraries for the Governor, as well as the planning and preparation that go into supporting the Governor at events around the state. Interns can expect to work with all divisions of the Executive Office and will contribute to the coordination of the Governor's travel, the execution of events and the review and consideration of scheduling invitations addressed to the Governor. Preparing the Governor's schedule and ensuring a successful visit requires frequent interaction with the full range of State of Michigan and local offices and agencies, private companies and media entities. Interns for the Scheduling Division join a committed and efficient team that plays an immediate role in the Governor's daily operations.
The Office of Strategy works closely with cabinet leadership to develop policy and with Legislative Affairs to establish the legislative agenda for the Executive Office of the Governor. Interns will be responsible for researching public policy issues and preparing background briefings, policy memos and fact sheets for policy staff.
The Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives
The Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives' primary role is to create a strategic framework that positively impacts economic development and job growth initiatives respective to Michigan's urban and metropolitan areas. The main office is located in Detroit and satellite offices are in Flint and Grand Rapids. Interns in each office must have a strong working knowledge of the urban economic opportunities and challenges related to their respective offices. They will research best practice; gather, and analyze urban data; assist in preparing comprehensive reports and documents based on findings; and attend meetings. Students studying urban planning, public administration, political science, or economics are preferred.
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