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2014-15 Fellowship Position
Want to work on the cutting edge of politics and public policy in Virginia? Virginia21, the Commonwealth’s first generational advocate for young voters, is currently seeking applicants for the 2014-15 VA21 Fellowship position. The fellow will organize and support the activities of graduates of the new VA21 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). The position lasts nine months and is ideal for a recent college graduate looking to get involved in politics and/or Virginia government.
Why is this a “fellowship” and not a job?
Because it lasts only nine months, after which you will have earned the knowledge, experience, and connections to transition into the kind of job you would never been able to score right out of college. During this period you’ll also complete a project on a personal interest area (selected by you and approved by VA21 staff) where you will both produce written work and plan an event.
Here’s why that’s good for us:
We’re looking for a newly-minted graduate who has the college experience and perspective fresh in their minds and still has an easy time connecting socially with other college students. The fellowship’s timeline is tied to one loop of our yearly programming cycle, and we want a new fellow to bring fresh energy and creative ideas to the table each year. We expect our fellows to go on to do great things in Virginia, and we reserve the right to brag about you when you do.
Here’s why that’s good for you:
The fellowship’s short timeframe provides an ideal stepping-stone for VA21 members who either want to work in VA politics, higher-ed, or economic development but don’t have the chops to step into a meaningful position just yet, or who want to gain more experience before going to grad school. Not only will you be working with college students and their issues, you’ll be connecting with elected officials, higher education professionals, and business leaders who matter in these fields. You’ll be able to do all of this, take ownership of specific projects, and show some creativity — and you’ll get paid for it.
- Work with SLI graduates to execute the VA21 program. This includes working with the VA21 campus chapters to 1) plan voter registration drives, 2) execute the VA21 statewide student survey, 3) manage activities surrounding the Virginia General Assembly Session, and 4) plan and execute monthly meetings in Richmond.
- Work with SLI graduates and VA21 student leaders to raise awareness of generational challenges (college quality and affordability, employment, etc.) on campus, with elected leaders, and in the media. You will help our members generate interest in these challenges through events on campus, interactions with elected officials, and by submitting/publishing stories in the media.
- Assist VA21 staff with day-to-day operations of VA21, including fundraising, working with our board of directors, and administrative management.
- Complete a fellowship project on a personal interest area. This will include 1.) selecting an issue area (i.e. MOOCs, unpaid internships, textbook costs, etc.); 2.) producing a piece of written work on that issue (i.e. a position paper, a series of blog posts, an editorial, etc.); and 3.) planning an event in connection with that issue. You’ll have a lot of flexibility to design and execute the project, giving you an opportunity to showcase your initiative and abilities.
Successful applicants will be highly motivated and independent, with strong writing and communication skills, a high degree of comfort with public speaking, proficiency in social media, and a working understanding of the political process. Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to work long hours on a small staff with demanding deadlines. Previous experience as a VA21 member, while not necessary, is a BIG plus.
Position Requires significant statewide travel. Applicant must have a personal vehicle and an acceptable driving record. Applicants must also commit to the entire 9-month position.
Fellowship Duration: August 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 (9-months) – flexible
Compensation: Salaried position. 2-weeks paid vacation w/ holidays.
Application Deadline: Position Open until Filled
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter that includes your potential project topic, and 2-3 references to Tom Kramer at email@example.com.
What is VA21?
Virginia21 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that engages young people in the political process by providing information, directing advocacy, and coordinating political action on a non-partisan issue agenda. With chapters all around the Commonwealth and members in every legislative district, VA21 has engaged over 70,000 young people in the political process since its founding almost 10 years ago making it the most successful advocate for young voters in the nation.