Engagement Fellow Description & Application

Apply by Aug. 20, 2021!

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan organization that helps America’s colleges and universities get as many of their 20 million students as possible to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves and turn out at the polls. We teach administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders to use their institutional resources to engage students in federal, state and local elections.

Overview

The fellowship is a 28-week leadership program for currently enrolled college students and is designed for students of all ages who are interested in engaging their peers in the electoral process. Engagement Fellows organize and execute a variety of direct engagement activities focusing on institutionalizing voter engagement on their campuses. Focus areas include, but are not limited to, voter registration, voter education and getting out the vote.

Learning Outcomes

Fellows will build skills needed to build coalitions and lead grassroots movements. Specifically, Fellows will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Build and maintain professional relationships with various entities both on and off campus, including academic departments and community partners.
  • Create civil and unbiased political dialogue with other college students.
  • Plan and oversee voter engagement activities and bring about sustainable policies on campus that promote student voting.
  • Build voter engagement coalitions and grassroots movements from the ground up.

Program Components

Fellows will be responsible for developing a plan to engage students through voter registration, voter education and getting out the vote activities. To be successful, Fellows will complete a series of online training sessions, build a network of on- and off-campus stakeholders, communicate with CEEP staff, and measure and perform election engagement activities.

Training – Fellows will be required to complete three online training sessions of their choice, as well as two state-specific training sessions. Online training sessions are pre-recorded and include quizzes that must be completed by the deadlines listed in the fellowship timeline on Page 4. Fellows will become experts in the areas of coalition building and long-term planning, digital organizing, voter registration, voter education and getting out the vote.

Activities – Fellows will create an engagement plan for how they will organize their remote work that includes a minimum of four engagement activities and an institutional project, and use the activity tracker to document those efforts.

Communication – Fellows will be required to meet with their State Director for biweekly check-ins to troubleshoot their engagement plan and receive additional support.

Networking – Fellows will collaborate and partner with other Fellows as well as on-campus student organizations, administrators and faculty members to organize voter registration, voter education and other voter engagement efforts on their campus.

Measurement – Fellows will track their engagement activities via an activity tracker to document those efforts and submit an end-of-semester report summarizing their accomplishments.

Requirements

CEEP is looking for students who work well independently and have a passion for voter engagement. Specifically, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Not serving in a fellowship role for another partisan or nonpartisan organization.
  • Currently enrolled student with a positive and friendly attitude.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative to develop and implement a work plan.
  • Commitment to educating peers about the importance of voter registration and becoming an informed voter.
  • Access to an electronic device (e.g., a computer or tablet) and a stable internet connection.
  • Online organizing and social media skills are preferred but not required.

Diversity and Inclusion

CEEP is dedicated to promoting and embracing diversity, equity and inclusion as core values of the organization that are critical to personal development, community well-being and organizational growth. At the core of our work, we are pursuing, promoting and protecting our democracy.

  • Diversity is the presence of differences and comprises everything from one’s race or ethnicity to one’s gender or sexual orientation to one’s political point of view. Diversity is the right of all Americans to vote, regardless of differences.
  • Equity is promoting justice for all, while taking into account disparities that currently exist within society. ​Equity means ensuring that all Americans have access to the ballot, while recognizing that not all voters enjoy equal access.
  • Inclusion is an outcome achieved when everyone is and feels welcome. ​Inclusion means that all eligible voters successfully cast a vote.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Program Logistics

Terms of Service: Aug. 30, 2021 to April 29, 2022

Timeframe: 28 weeks throughout a school-year long program

Payment: $1,000 leadership stipend

The stipend will be paid in two installments and is dependent on the completion of activities and reports detailed below. A minimum of four election engagement activities must be completed by Nov. 19, 2021, and an institutional project must be underway, to be eligible for the first installment. A minimum of another four election engagement activities must be completed by April 22, 2022, and an institutional project must be completed, to be eligible for the second and final installment. Failure to meet these requirements may result in full or partial loss of the stipend amount.

Year-Round Timeline:

  • Aug. 20, 2021: Application deadline
  • Aug. 27, 2021: Hiring deadline
  • Aug. 30, 2021: Agreement begins
  • Sept. 3, 2021: Hiring paperwork is due
  • Nov. 2, 2021: Election Day
  • Nov. 19, 2021: Final reports and all activities are due
  • Dec. 6, 2021: First stipend installment is paid
  • April 22, 2022: Final reports and all activities are due
  • April 29, 2022: Agreement ends
  • May 2, 2022: Second and final stipend installment is paid