Most “fellowships” offered to students and college graduates entail some short-term paid professional or academic experience, but that’s not true of the opportunity to be “an organizing fellow” for President Obama’s campaign.
“The next class of organizing fellows is about to be picked for the last few months of this election — and I think you should apply,” Sowmya Aditi Mangipudi, who spent the summer as a North Carolina, wrote in a message that ran today under the convivial subject line, “Joel — you should apply.”
Fellows will work on grassroots organizing that culminates in Election Day get-out-the-vote, but there is no money involved. “It’s an unpaid position, and it’ll be a lot of work, but at the end of every long day you’ll feel the change you’ve made,” Mangipudi wrote.
The lack of pay doesn’t stop the campaign from asking volunteers to consider relocating for the job. “Which of these states would you be interested in applying to, or willing to move to, in order to participate in the Fellowship program?” the website asks.