Democracy Summer Fellowship


Hours per week

35 hours per week, 5-6 week sessions

Published:

05/14/2018

Address

Charlottesville
Virginia
United States

Description

Democracy Summer is a one-of-a-kind political Democratic Fellowship that teaches high school and college students the nuts-and-bolts of political organizing, the arts of electoral mobilization, and the history of progressive political change. Our mission in 2018 is to deploy Democracy Summer Fellows to help Democratic candidates win key elections in swing districts across the country and elect a true-blue Democratic Congress in 2018.


Democracy Summer 2018 Fellowship Description:


In the summer of 2018, Democracy Summer will train more than 300 college and high school-age participants during two five to six-week summer sessions in four regions: Silver Spring, MD; Charlottesville, VA; Des Moines, IA; and Philadelphia, PA. Democracy Summer is a formalized political training fellowship with a structured syllabus and a graduation certificate ceremony.

Fellows will devote approximately 35 hours a week to the program. Fellows will divide their time evenly between engaging with critical policy issues in a classroom setting and participating in electoral work, including but not limited to phone-banking, canvassing, donor research, and campaign research. Fellows will receive practical hands-on training in all of the key areas of political organizing and democratic campaigning. They will also participate in readings and discussions with leading policy experts, progressive leaders, and organizers.

Democracy Summer consists of an interactive curriculum on public policy issues and the history of progressive Democratic politics; daily guest speakers on policy issues and practical political campaign organizing and strategy; hundreds of hours of well-designed and well-structured campaign organizing projects and deployments; and a mix of popular social and political events.

Fellows will:

  • work with Democratic candidates, Indivisible and other activist groups to win key elections and take back the House
  • participate in canvassing, phone banking and online organizing efforts locally and across the country
  • work fundraisers, marches, and events in support of progressive causes and candidates
  • learn from progressive policy experts and non-profit professionals
  • meet with elected officials, candidates and campaign staff
  • participate in skills-building workshops with leading organizers and activists
  • learn about the non-profit sector, public policy, and electoral politics and career paths in these areas

Fellows are not paid but they receive a first-class political education, grow a network of friends and compatriots, can request recommendation letters for college or graduate school upon completion and get a free lunch most days of the week (and sometimes dinner!). Scholarships are made available for young people who cannot otherwise participate.


Session Dates:


Charlottesville: June 11-July 13, July 18-August 15th

Benefits

Fellows are not paid but they receive a first-class political education, grow a network of friends and compatriots, can request recommendation letters for college or graduate school upon completion and get a free lunch most days of the week (and sometimes dinner!). Scholarships are made available for young people who cannot otherwise participate.

How To Apply

https://www.democracysummerpac.com/

Apply on our website at www.democracysummerpac.com, and contact Charlottesville Regional Directors Matthew Slaats and Selena O’Shaughnessy at matthew@democracysummerpac.org and selena@democracysummerpac.org with any questions.


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