What are the eligibility requirements for Organizing Corps 2020?
The summer 2019 program is designed for current juniors and those expecting to complete school by June 2020. Our next cohorts are planned for winter and spring of 2020. Additionally, Organizing Corps 2020 applicants should meet the below requirements:
- Ability to commit to the full 8-weeks experience June 10, 2019–August 2, 2019
- Ability to commit approximately 35 hours a week from Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-6PM with some Sundays
- Will be 18 years of age on or before the first day of the program on June 10, 2019
- Be legally eligible to work in the United States
- Have fluency in spoken and written English
- Reside in and/or have housing in the 10 cities where Organizing Corps is training
- Be excited about the prospect of working on a presidential campaign (approximately June-November 2020)
What is the timeline for the selection of Organizing Corps 2020?
When will accepted corps members be informed?
Once your application is submitted, the full interview process will take approximately 2-3 weeks. Accepted corps members will be informed on a rolling basis and by no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.
What are you looking for in a strong candidate?
We are looking for young people who have heart and hustle, are resilient, inclusive, courageous and joyful, and excited about the prospect of working on a presidential campaign.
What is included in the Organizing Corps 2020 Program?
As an Organizing Corps Member, you can:
- Earn $4000, plus transportation and accommodations for the kickoff Institute
- Learn key skills in field and digital organizing, and data analytics from leading campaign veterans
- Get 8 weeks of hands-on training and development with the support of a campaign coach
- Develop career skills in leadership, project management and communication
- Build a powerful network of trainers, coaches, and like-minded peers that will be valuable to any career path – campaign or otherwise
- Continue to organize and build your skill set even after returning to your campus
- Receive direct support applying and transitioning to the presidential election upon graduation in 2020
What kinds of activities will I be engaged in as a corps member?
Through trainings and in-the-field practice, you will learn how to register voters, recruit volunteers, set-up a campaign office, host a house party, organize your community, use the newest data and digital tools to maximize your efforts.
When does the program start and end?
The Organizing Corps program will run for 8 weeks over the summer. It will kickoff with an “Institute” June 10-14, 2019 and will be followed by training in your hometown June 17-August 2, 2019. Corps members must be able to commit to the full 8-weeks experience.
What are the day and hour expectations?
Corps members will commit approximately 35 hours a week from Tuesday-Saturday
11AM-6PM with some Sundays.
Where will the program be based?
We will be running the Organizing Corps in the below metropolitan areas and corps members are encouraged to work locally in order to maximize the impact of their organizing and training:
- AZ: Phoenix area
- FL: Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando & Tampa areas
- GA: Atlanta area
- MI: Detroit area
- NC: Charlotte area
- PA: Philadelphia area
- WI: Milwaukee area
Where will I live during the program?
Most corps members will live at home. While limited free housing may be provided by supporters near training assignments, housing is not guaranteed and applicants who reside in and/or have housing in the 10 cities where Organizing Corps is training will be prioritized.
Do I need a car to participate?
No. While a car is not required, organizing is not a desk job. Corps members will need to have regular access to a car or be comfortable with public transportation and/or carpooling. When possible, we will pair corps members without cars with those who do.
Will I be reimbursed for gas?
Corps members who regularly drive as a part of their 8-week training experience will have access to additional gas stipends.
How does Organizing Corps 2020 accommodate applicants and corps members with disabilities?
We are committed to an Inclusion Revolution. The Organizing Corps will provide reasonable accommodations deemed necessary for qualified applicants and corps members to participate in the selection process and program. If you are a qualified applicant and require a reasonable accommodation, please specify let us know in the application.
Is English proficiency required?
Yes, corps members must be fluent in spoken and written English as all Organizing Corps 2020 programming will be conducted in English. Second or third languages are a plus!
Is there an age requirement?
The Organizing Corps is designed for current juniors and those expecting to graduate by June of 2020. Most corps members will be 19-21 years old. However, all participants must be 18 years of age on or before the first day of the program on June 10, 2019.
I am not a college junior but will complete school by June 2020. Am I eligible?
Yes, Organizing Corps 2020 aims to support students in attaining a great first job working on the 2020 general election. Graduate students, early graduates, part-time students and other young people who meet our eligibility requirements and will complete school by June 2020 are encouraged to apply.
Am I guaranteed a job when I graduate?
If you are looking to join the Democratic presidential nominee, work in support of the presidential election, and help change this country up and down the ballot, applying for the Organizing Corps 2020 is a great way to start. Participation as a corps member does not guarantee a job. However, corps members who complete the 8-week program and continue to engage in organizing activities during their senior year will have the practiced campaign and career skills to be top job candidates and will be supported in job placement for the 2020 general election.
Will I be working for a candidate during the program?
Corps members will not work for presidential primary candidates during the 8 weeks of training. However, in some cities, corps members may put their skills to work on real elections, such as a local mayoral race or ballot initiative.
If I am accepted into the Organizing Corps, can I still work on a primary campaign?
Upon returning to school after the 8-week program in the fall of 2019, corps members will be encouraged to put their newly learned skills into action, which can include supporting a presidential primary on campus.
What if my preferred primary candidate is not the Democratic nominee?
We are training an Organizing Corps to support the next Democratic presidential nominee and to help win across the country in 2020. To do this, we need a smart, talented and passionate team that reflects the nation’s amazing diversity to organize in every community. Even if your preferred candidate does not win the nomination, your skills and effort will be needed to win the general election. While not mandatory, we hope that you choose to be a part of the 2020 general election campaign no matter the nominee.
Is this the only opportunity to join the Organizing Corps?
At this time we are tentatively planning on a running a second program for those already graduated from college in early spring 2020.
I do not meet the eligibility requirements to be a corps member. What other training opportunities are there for me?
Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for Organizing Corps 2020, we are all in this together and we need you! We are proud to be part of an ecosystem working to collectively ensure a November 3, 2020 win. Check out one our incredible Corps Coalition for more opportunities to develop as an organizer.