Democracy Summer 2018 Fellowship:
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.
- 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.
Democracy Summer 2017:
In the summer of 2017, 52 Fellows — drawn overwhelmingly from Maryland’s 8th Congressional District — spent 6 weeks partaking in remarkable seminars with economists, environmentalists and union leaders; participating in trainings on public speaking, media messaging, campaign strategy, and fundraising; and visiting the DNC and the DCCC in meetings with Members of Congress including Nancy Pelosi, Diana DeGette, Gerry Connolly, Donald McEachin, Don Beyer, Pramila Jayapal, and Keith Ellison.
Fellows boarded a bus and deployed to Georgia for Jon Ossoff’s important grassroots campaign, to Virginia on weekends to help the Democratic statewide ticket sweep to victory and to propel numerous progressive Democrats to win key state legislative races, and also to major voter registration and canvassing drives in Maryland. Beyond knocking on doors and phone-banking, they participated in protests on Capitol Hill about threats to the ACA and acted as a rapid deployment team for the Dreamers and other Democratic causes and events throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Sound exciting? The political experience you’ve been looking for? Apply now!