Rick Kriseman seeks unpaid interns to help battle St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster
In his quest to become St. Petersburg’s next mayor, Rick Kriseman is looking for free labor from young people.
Team Kriseman is seeking unpaid finance and field interns to work about 10 hours each week. The positions are unpaid, but the campaign is offering college credit.
Finance interns would “help research donors and staff the candidate,” according to a message posted on Reddit. “Once they gain experience, they'll help target our solicitation program, draft fundraising emails and letters, and even run their own events,” the message says.
Field interns will "be given their own turf in St. Petersburg and be charged with recruiting volunteers, persuading voters, and running GOTV in their area, the message says.
“This is how I started in politics, and now I'm working in my dream job for a very competitive campaign,” stpetedem said in the message.The poster is a current intern for the campaign.
While Kriseman raised more money than Mayor Bill Foster before the Aug. 27 primary, Foster has more money available. The major test for Kriseman is whether he can continue to raise similar amounts of money before the Nov. 5 election.
Foster holds the current advantage, with about $37,000 on hand compared to Kriseman's $10,000. Through Aug. 22, Kriseman collected $155,684 versus Foster's $148,673.