Politicorps

What is Politicorps?

PolitiCorps is a political organizing and leadership development bootcamp (whew, what a mouthful). If you’re aged 18-25 and dedicated to public interest and political process, you are eligible for the Fellowship. PolitiCorps focuses on training young leaders who are ready to commit themselves full time to working in public service. The 2018 program runs from June 18th-August 24th in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Meet the class of 2018!

Who Should Apply?

YOU!

PolitiCorps Fellows are 18-25 years old. They are college sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates (alternative educational backgrounds welcome) who have demonstrated commitment to progressive values. Fellows hold a deep interest in the political process and public policy. Extensive campaign experience is not a prerequisite for PolitiCorps, but an understanding of campaign lifestyle does help Fellows make the most of the experience.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018. Applications for 2019 will open in early January. Be one of the first people to know when the application is open by following us on social media, or signing up for our email list. Our application process has three parts:

1. First Round. Answer a few short questions. Tell us what motivates you, and why you think PolitiCorps is a good fit for you this year.
2. Full Application. Strong candidates will be provided information about how to complete the full application, and a link to the online form.
3. Interview. Excellent applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview with the Program Director.

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Deadlines

We will begin accepting applications for PolitiCorps Summer 2019 on December 15, 2018 and we’ll start accepting fellows right away. We will be accepting applications through May 10th, but we only accept 8-12 fellows each summer so the sooner you get your application in the better!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost? We’re committed to making sure that money isn’t a barrier to participation in PolitiCorps. PolitiCorps costs about $7,500 per Fellow – the Fellowship covers that cost (so it’s free for you). We even pay a modest stipend & set you up with a free homestay for the summer.

Getting paid? But how much? It depends. Whether you’re far or near (flights and such), got loans to pay, living with your folks in Portland, etc. The average stipend is around $1000.

What are the hours like? PolitiCorps is only ten weeks long. We cram a lot into that time – classes, trainings, field work, volunteer organizing, networking, etc etc. You’ll be working 20-25 hours a week, mostly on evenings and weekends.

How will I get around? Howeva you’d like. Portland has a great public transportation system (www.trimet.org). We’ve also got some bikes we loan out each summer (and smarty-pants bike gurus who can fix anything that ails your bicycle). You can find an awesome biking map of Portland here.

What does a typical week at PolitiCorps look like? A typical week at PolitiCorps begins around 9am on Monday with a full day of classroom activities. We’ll hear from community partners, and people doing the work here in Oregon about topics that will directly relate to the fellowship. Class day usually ends around 5pm with a break for lunch around noon. The rest of the week is spent dedicated to then work on fellows’ field campaign – planning, doing field work, recruiting and managing volunteers, etc. We also often squeeze in community trainings or events, networking opportunities and house parties. Field time is typically scheduled during evenings and weekends.

Frequently
Asked Questions

How much does it cost? We’re committed to making sure that money isn’t a barrier to participation in PolitiCorps. PolitiCorps costs about $7,500 per Fellow – the Fellowship covers that cost (so it’s free for you). We even pay a modest stipend & set you up with a free homestay for the summer.

Getting paid? But how much? It depends. Whether you’re far or near (flights and such), got loans to pay, living with your folks in Portland, etc. The average stipend is around $1000.

What are the hours like? PolitiCorps is only ten weeks long. We cram a lot into that time – classes, trainings, field work, volunteer organizing, networking, etc etc. You’ll be working 20-25 hours a week, mostly on evenings and weekends.

How will I get around? Howeva you’d like. Portland has a great public transportation system (www.trimet.org). We’ve also got some bikes we loan out each summer (and smarty-pants bike gurus who can fix anything that ails your bicycle). You can find an awesome biking map of Portland here.

What does a typical week at PolitiCorps look like? A typical week at PolitiCorps begins around 9am on Monday with a full day of classroom activities. We’ll hear from community partners, and people doing the work here in Oregon about topics that will directly relate to the fellowship. Class day usually ends around 5pm with a break for lunch around noon. The rest of the week is spent dedicated to then work on fellows’ field campaign – planning, doing field work, recruiting and managing volunteers, etc. We also often squeeze in community trainings or events, networking opportunities and house parties. Field time is typically scheduled during evenings and weekends.

Alumni

Where are they now?

Many of our alumni go on to work in the following field: Development for non-profits Campaign Staff for Candidates and Issue Organizations Legislative Staff The Governors office Volunteer and Outreach specialists Program Managers ...AND MORE!

Testimony

Sophie Zaman

Fellow ’11

"I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE, MOST FRUITFUL EXPERIENCE I’VE HAD YET. I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT MYSELF, IN TERMS OF WHAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT, AND WHAT I LOVE, AND THAT LESSON IS INVALUABLE. THE COMMUNITY I’VE HAD HERE IS ONE I KNOW I’LL HAVE FOREVER."

Drew Olsen

Fellow ’08

“THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT IN A FEW SHORT WEEKS WE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF THE STATE OF OREGON FOR THE BETTER. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THESE WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT (AND FASTEST) THREE MONTHS OF MY LIFE. THE FACT THAT WE ACHIEVED AND CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE MORE THAN WE EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED IN SUCH A SHORT TIME IS TESTAMENT TO THE FACT THAT POLITICORPS PREPARED US BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE COULD HAVE.”

Megan Hanner

Fellow ’07

“THIS SUMMER WAS ONE OF THE TOP TWO EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE. I’LL STILL BE LEARNING FROM IT FOR A LONG TIME. I’VE BEEN GIVEN A SPECIAL GIFT AND WILL DEFINITELY USE IT. BEST, SMARTEST GROUP OF PEOPLE I’VE EVER MET. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.”