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Kamala Harris campaign launches paid internships in Iowa

Interns will help organize over 8-week period

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks April 10 during a town hall at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks April 10 during a town hall at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is launching a program in Iowa that pays interns $15 an hour to become involved in the campaign and recruit and train supporters.

According to the campaign, the “organizing fellows” will be deployed across the state, including in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, and work from June 1 to July 31. The campaign said it could not say how many paid internships in total it would have. Interns working on political campaigns typically are not paid.

Organizers said they were reaching out Iowa colleges and community colleges and school districts to share applications for the program.

“This campaign will compete everywhere and engage young people across the country who know we need a new direction for our country,” Harris, a U.S. senator from California, said in a statement. “Our paid fellows program will ensure that no one is left out of this process and all communities can be included and represented as we continue to grow our people-powered campaign.”

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