A student employee of the Graduate School of Political Management launched a Web site this month that aims to provide resources for aspiring politicos under 30 years old.
Bryce Cullinane, who works in the GSPM’s admissions and marketing department, launched PoliticsUnder30.org on Sept. 15 after a year of development. The site is currently run by a group of under-30-year-olds and professional advisers, and provides links to advice on how to get involved in the various facets of political life, like consulting, campaigning, lobbying and interning.
“I started the Web site because I saw that there were plenty of resources for young people interested in medicine or law, but none for young people who wanted to go into politics,” Cullinane said in an e-mail. “I wanted to make sure that if a young person had an interest in a career in politics, they could get accurate and comprehensive information. In addition, I wanted to form an organization that would convene young people and thus look out for their best interest.”
The site cost about $1,000 to create, Cullinane said, and costs were kept low thanks to aid from the GSPM and volunteers.
Cullinane said youth participation in the 2008 presidential election reassured him that a site dedicated to politics could generate interest.
“The election helped me to realize that a website like this could have a solid niche. It was very inspiring and convinced me that the website could work,” Cullinane said.
The Web site features articles, video interviews and documentaries with political entities including Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker. The homepage also offers many “how-to” pieces on lobbying, starting nonprofits and speechwriting. Cullinane said he hopes the site will educate the under-30 crowd and welcomes whatever residual effects may result.
“It is always possible that the website will mean more youth voters, which would be great! In the end though, our goal is education and looking out for the best interest of young people in politics,” Cullinane said. “I think that if more young people knew how rewarding, meaningful and powerful a career in politics can be, more would go into the profession.”