2013 Virginia Organizing Fellowship
Rock the Vote and CEEP are launching a paid fellowship program in Virginia to coordinate a critical voter registration and get-out-the-vote effort on campuses statewide this fall!
Voters in Virginia will go to the polls in one of the only statewide elections in 2013, and we want to make sure that young voters are represented! They expect students to stay home during these elections, but we know that things like who is elected governor of our state matters a lot, especially on issues that effect students like higher education funding, voting rights, health care, jobs in our local communities and more.
What is the CEEP/RTV Organizing Fellowship?
The CEEP/RTV Organizing Fellowship is a political action fellowship that’s meant to build electoral engagement programs on college campuses and to train and develop the young organizers who will lead the way. Fellows will receive grassroots organizing training, support in developing a campaign plan for their campus, and on-going mentorship. Through the program,
- You’ll gain first-hand, real-world experience working for civic engagement and democracy that can lead to a career as an organizer.
- You’ll learn to plan and carry out strategic programs to register, educate and mobilize large percentages of your community.
- You’ll learn to build active working relationships with a broad-cross section of campus stakeholders and collaborate with bipartisan leadership.
- You will engage students who wouldn’t otherwise vote!
Applicants should have:
- Drive to achieve measurable, quantifiable results.
- Deep desire to bring many more people into active civic life.
- Desire to learn; including the willingness to challenge perceived wisdom about politics and political process. This includes the desire to receive feedback.
- Excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills.
- Desire to build relationships and connect with people; including people who have different perspectives, backgrounds and cultures.
- Ability and willingness to work across all areas of your campus community and to work evening and weekend hours when projects demand it.
Stipend and Start Date
Organizing for the November 5th elections needs to start as soon as possible; we’re looking for our fellows to start immediately. Stipends will range between $1,000 and $2,500 depending on the scope and length of the fellow’s work.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with a deadline of Friday, September 13, 2013. Decisions will be made and communicated by Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Apply to the fellowship by filling out the form at http://www.campuselectva.org/organizing-fellowship.html. Questions can be directed to CEEP Virginia Director, Sam Menefee-Libey, at 703-259-8702 or Rock the Vote National Field Director, Phaedra Jackson, at 202-223-1521.
What are Rock the Vote and the Campus Election Engagement Project?
CEEP is a non-partisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register to vote, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. Rock the Vote has worked at the intersection of popular culture and politics to register more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot. Both CEEP and RTV are committed to building political capacity and civic engagement programs for young people in college and university communities across the US. Our ultimate goal is that all young people be engaged and active citizens who participate fully in local, state and national elections.
Both Rock the Vote and the Campus Election Engagement Project are not-for-profit, non-partisan grassroots outreach and mobilization organizations. Neither the organizations nor their staff or fellows are affiliated with any candidate, party or campaign. All work through the fellowship will be non-partisan or bi-partisan and will remain fair and un-biased.