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Student Opportunities

Be an Organizing Fellow.

Sister District Organizing Fellows will assist the Organizing Department in creating new volunteer teams and supporting the continued capacity development of existing teams nationwide. Fellows will learn and hone vital field organizing skills with the guidance of seasoned campaign operatives with a combined two decades of experience in advocacy and electoral organizing. All work is performed remotely. Time commitment is 5.5 hours per week, including two 30-min calls each week. Specific work schedule is flexible. $908 stipend.

“The work I am doing with Sister District gives me an opportunity to engage with others who share my goals of electing Democrats and improving the lives of millions of Americans. With each and every phone call, I had a chance to share that opportunity with our volunteers.”

Michael Davis, Organizing Fellow Spring 2020

group of six Sister District volunteers dressed in rainbow clothing while rallying for equal rights

Phonebank Fellowship

Applications due by April 15, 2022 for priority consideration. Interviews will be conducted late April. 14-week term begins May 23rd and ends August 28th. 

About the Phonebank Fellow Role:

At 5.5 hours per week over 14 weeks, Phonebank Fellows will assist staff and volunteer phonebank leaders on two virtual phonebanks each week for Sister District’s endorsed state legislative candidates. This program is designed to prepare aspiring organizers for staff and volunteer roles on campaigns and electoral-focused field programs. Through trainings, weekly cohort calls, and valuable hands-on experience, Fellows will learn how to be a great phonebank trainer, how to run an excellent phonebank program, and will help elect Democratic candidates in 2022. The specific work schedule is flexible. Pay is $15/hr for a total $1,155 stipend.

Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows may be offered the opportunity to stay on through the remainder of the election as a GOTV fellow. 

Responsibilities

In collaboration with Organizing Department staff, Fellows will:

  • Attend 60-minute orientation & training calls to learn field-proven best practices of the Sister District phonebanking model
  • Attend 30-minute weekly Phonebank Fellow cohort call with Sister District staff focused on continuous improvement
  • Co-host two recurring two-hour virtual phonebanks each week, providing support for the phonebank leader, training new phonebankers, calling voters, helping with tech support
  • When needed, host assigned phonebank as the primary leader 
  • Track phonebank attendees, follow up and thank volunteers for their participation 
  • Follow up with volunteer sign ups who did not attend the phonebank to re-invite them to a following phonebank
  • Recruit new phonebankers 

College and High School Democrat Affiliates

What is a Sister District Affiliate?

A Sister District Affiliate is an independent group like a College or High School Democrats chapter that supports Sister District candidates as a complement to its other progressive activities.

How does being an Affiliate work?

1. Your chapter designates 1-2 of its leaders to be “HQ Liaisons” to interface with Sister District staff and coordinate actions

2. Fill out the Affiliate Interest Form and staff will be in contact

3. Sister District assigns candidates to your chapter to support over the entire election cycle. The amount of that support is up to you. We hope you’ll devote whatever time and energy you can to helping those candidates!

4. Liaisons receive a twice-monthly email newsletter with ideas and resources for actions

5. Your chapter can easily plan and execute actions such as phonebanks or textbanks using Sister District infrastructure and staff support

Sister District’s full array of field and fundraising activities are available to Affiliates, and most activities can be conducted remotely, in line with social distancing during COVID-19. All of our action items are developed in coordination with the campaigns so you know that it’s exactly what the campaigns need.

Why be an Affiliate with Sister District?

With your existing group infrastructure of passionate, enthusiastic and driven student activists, College and High School Democratic chapters are in a position to make an outsized impact for state legislative candidates and drive votes to Democrats up the ballot in the 2022 midterm elections.

Why do Affiliates with Sister District focus on building progressive power in state legislatures? Because it all starts with states!

  • State legislature make the most direct impact to our daily lives including education, how taxes are invested, state infrastructure, healthcare, minimum wage laws, and law enforcement.
  • Most state legislatures control the voting redistricting process which opens the door for voter suppression and gerrymandering.
  • State and local leaders become national leaders. 22 U.S. presidents started at the state and local level before moving to the federal level.
  • State laws spread across nation, with  potential to become national laws over time. Think same-sex marriage, women’s suffrage, and cannabis legalization. 

Maximize Your Impact.

A few thousand calls isn’t even a drop in the bucket on a presidential campaign, but could make the difference in state legislative races sometimes decided by hundreds of votes. And trickle-up voting is very much a thing – if we help get voters to the polls for a down ballot candidate, those votes almost always trickle up. The converse is true to a lesser extent, sadly. That is why your efforts are critical in state level races.

Experience.

If your members are interested in pursuing work in policy or on campaigns, focusing on the state level shows you’re savvy and thinking strategically in paying attention to politics beyond the national level.

As Sister District founders Dr. Gaby Goldstein and Lala Wu told Jonathan Van Ness on his podcast Getting Curious (ep. 220), there is no such thing as an off year for state elections. The work of building progressive power in state legislatures never stops and there is lots to do. We’ll help you every step of the way. Gain experience in organizing, networking, civic engagement, budgeting, voter messaging, and much more! 

Open Up Possibilities.

If your work shines, you could be fast-tracked for consideration to be an Organizing Fellow! This is a selective program that enables Fellows to gain valuable experience and training in highly consequential races. We bring on several Fellows per quarter on a part-time basis; a small stipend is provided.

We are currently accepting inquiries for Spring 2022! Read more about this opportunity and join us for the 2022 midterm election season. 

About Sister District

Our Programs Work To:

  • Win elections
  • Develop Legislators
  • Support Organizers
  • Educate and Empower Communities

Since launching in the wake of the 2016 elections, the Sister District Project has grown to over 50,000 volunteers across the country. Our volunteers have raised over $3.6 million in small-dollar donations directly to candidates, and reached out to over 3 million voters via phones, doors, postcards, and texts. For a more detailed look at our work, check out our 2020 Impact Report.

We’re also proud to be an organization founded and led by women, including women of color. Four out of five of us quit our jobs to be with Sister District full time.

Electoral Program

Our flagship electoral program works to get Democrats elected to strategic state legislative seats by supporting campaigns with grassroots action. We “sister” volunteers from deep blue districts with carefully targeted races in swing districts, where flipping control of the state legislature will advance progressive policy. Our volunteers canvass, phonebank, write postcards, textbank, and fundraise for candidates. We welcome volunteers and candidates of all genders and backgrounds!

We have a strategic, targeted focus on

(1) flipping Republican-held state chambers

(2) holding fragile Democratic majorities in state chambers, and

(3) making blue inroads in badly gerrymandered states.

Read more about our Strategy.