Politicorps

What is Politicorps?

PolitiCorps is a political organizing and leadership development bootcamp (whew, what a mouthful). If you’re in college or a recent graduate (aged 18-25) 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 will run from June 18th-August 24th in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

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. PolitiCorps Fellows come from every state in the nation, and from a diverse range of experiential and cultural backgrounds. Extensive campaign experience is not a prerequisite for PolitiCorps, but an understanding of campaign lifestyle does help Fellows make the most of the summer or fall experience.

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for 2018 Summer PolitiCorps. 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 with the Director. Excellent applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview via Skype with the Program Director, Gnora Gumanow.

You can access the first round application by clicking on this link.

Deadlines

We will begin accepting applications for PolitiCorps Summer 2018 on December 15, 2017 and we’ll start accepting fellows right away. We will be accepting applications through May 10th, but we only accept 12-15 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 $5,500 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 almost every day of those ten weeks – campaign hours. We’ve got ten days off scheduled for the summer.

Where will I live? We’ll set you up with a friendly homestay host in Portland. If you’re already living in Portland and want to live there, that’s just fine.

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 day at PolitiCorps look like? A typical weekday at PolitiCorps begins around 9am with a morning check-in and the first class of the day. Classes and workshops generally last until 12 or 1pm. Fellows have a break for lunch, have a daily field check-in meeting and then work on their field campaign in the afternoon and evening – 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 followed by a nightly check-in and data entry.

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 $5,500 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 almost every day of those ten weeks – campaign hours. We’ve got ten days off scheduled for the summer.

Where will I live? We’ll set you up with a friendly homestay host in Portland. If you’re already living in Portland and want to live there, that’s just fine.

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 day at PolitiCorps look like? A typical weekday at PolitiCorps begins around 9am with a morning check-in and the first class of the day. Classes and workshops generally last until 12 or 1pm. Fellows have a break for lunch, have a daily field check-in meeting and then work on their field campaign in the afternoon and evening – 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 followed by a nightly check-in and data entry.

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.”