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Congressional Fellowships


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Congressional Fellowships


Communications Fellowship

 

Progressive Congress seeks a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student to immediately fill a full-time Communications Fellowship to be placed at the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) consists of one United States Senator and seventy-one members of the United States House of Representatives, and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus. Established in 1991, the CPC reflects the diversity and strength of the American people, seeks to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans, and builds a more just and humane society.

Submit your Resume and writing sample to: Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus, President, Progressive Congress at: president@progressivecongress.org by COB Friday, June 3rd, 2016. If you have questions, contact Daniel Parkhurst, Deputy Director at daniel@progressivecongress.org.

DEADLINE TO APPLY is FRIDAY, June 3rd. Must be available to start by July, 2016 in Washington D.C.

WHO WE ARE?

Progressive Congress is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to connect grassroots leaders, organizations, and Congressional offices to build a more powerful and cohesive movement, so that we can win more concrete victories for progressive values. In collaboration with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, we foster powerful partnerships on a host of issues, including:

  • Economic opportunity for all;
  • Peace and global security;
  • Energy independence and environmental sustainability;
  • Civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights;
  • Immigration justice and a pathway to citizenship
  • Public health;
  • Education and more.

The Progressive Congress Fellowship is designed for emerging leaders who want to develop their own professional skills in communications and social change through learning from and working within a strong communications operation on Capitol Hill. The position works closely with the CPC Executive Director and Co-Chair Offices, as well as with the Senior staff of Progressive Congress.org to implement a media and messaging strategy that advances both organizational needs and progressive legislative goals of the CPC and fulfills fellowship requirements of Progressive Congress.org including monthly and quarterly reports to be submitted to Progressive Congress.org.

DEADLINE TO APPLY is FRIDAY, June 3rd. Must be available to start by July, 2016 in Washington D.C.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft press releases and written statements for the Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Manage projects within the CPC online media strategy, including Caucus Web site, Facebook and Twitter account
  • Work with Progressive Congress.org to connect with progressive organizations from across labor, environmental and social justice movements on collaborative advocacy effort
  • Edit and distribute online videos for the CPC
  • Distribute messaging materials to and coordinate work among communications staff for Congressional Progressive Caucus members
  • Coordinate and manage a weekly communications directors meeting as part of the Progressive Congress.org fellowship requirement
  • Develop Caucus-wide media relations, including press bookings and interview preparation
  • Work closely with Progressive Congress.org to organize weekly media briefings for the members of the CPC as part of the Fellowship requirement
  • Submit monthly and quarterly reports regarding the work undertaken as a Fellow including weekly communications directors meetings
  • Liaison with Progressive Congress.org in the creation and planning of the Progressive Congress.org Media Outreach Program

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A strong commitment to progressive values
  • Excellent writing and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to produce high-quality materials quickly and professionally, with attention to nuance
  • Self-starter with ability to work on several simultaneous projects with minimal direct supervision
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and GoogleDocs. Knowledge of social media applications.
  • Technical expertise highly preferred, especially in HTML/Website design, video and image editing
  • Knowledge of ethnic media is a plus

COMPENSATION:

$35,000 per year—the Fellow is a full-time staff member of Progressive Congress despite placement at the CPC. Fellowship includes health insurance benefits. This position begins with a six-month evaluation commitment at first, and a likely extension to one year pending performance review. (Fellows are routinely invited to apply for full-time positions that become available to Progressive Congress staff.)

 

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Advocacy Fellowships


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Advocacy Fellowships


Congressional Affairs Fellowship

ProgressiveCongress.org supports a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student with a full-time Congressional Affairs fellowship located at the Progressive Congress main office in Washington, DC.

WHO WE ARE?

ProgressiveCongress.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to connect grassroots leaders, organizations, and Congressional offices to build a more powerful and cohesive progressive movement, so that we can win concrete victories for our values. In collaboration with the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), we foster vital partnerships on a host of issues, including:

  • Economic opportunity for all;
  • Peace and global security;
  • Energy independence and environmental sustainability;
  • Civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights;
  • Immigration justice and a pathway to citizenship
  • Public health;
  • Education and more.

The ProgressiveCongress.org Congressional Affairs Fellowship is designed for emerging leaders who want to develop their own professional skills in policy and social change through learning from and working within a strong legislative policy operation on Capitol Hill. The position works closely with the Senior staff of the Progressive Congress.org, as well as with the CPC Executive Director and Co-Chair Offices to implement strategies that advance both organizational needs and progressive legislative goals while fulfilling fellowship requirements of Progressive Congress.org. Fellows can expect to leave this position with a foundational understanding: of how Congress operates on a day to day basis, the importance that media and messaging play in today’s political environment, how to successful host a major conference, and comprehensive understanding of how non-profit business functions. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Work with Progressive Congress.org to connect with Progressive organizations across labor, environmental, and social justice movements on collaborative advocacy efforts. 
  • Draft, edit, and distribute reports and policy materials for the organization. 
  • Work with Progressive Congress.org staff to manage the Progressive Congress Congressional Messenger Program. Responsibilities include: 
    • Reaching out to congressional staff about the program and briefing schedule. 
    • Gather and edit video footage of congressional offices that participate in the weekly briefings.
    • Working with Progressive Congress staff, CPC staff, and our Media 
  • Work with Progressive Congress staff to coordinate, plan, and execute the Progressive Congress Strategy Summit. Responsibilities include:
    • Contacting Progressive movement leaders, inviting them to the summit
    • Coordinating with Congressional offices to sure ethics paperwork is submitted in a timely and correct fashion 
    • Engage with Members of Congress, summit attendees, and personal deemed necessary in a professional manner. 
  • Work with President to develop a program around a progressive issue area of your choice. 
    • Meet with CPC staff, and fellows to promote your program solution 
    • Research potential partner foundations and organizations. 
  • Work with the President to understand and learn the operations and business components of both the Progressive Congress C3 and Progressive Congress Action Fund C4. 
  • Work with Progressive Congress staff to draft, edit, and finalize weekly informational and fundraising emails. 
  • Work with the finance team to track and maximize supporter donations. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A strong commitment to and passion for Progressive Values
  • Ability to produce high-quality materials quickly and professionally, with attention to nuance
  • Self-starter with ability to work on several simultaneous projects with minimal direct supervision
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and GoogleDocs
  • Organizing skills