Democratic Party of Illinois Campus Organizing Fellowship Fall 2024 

The Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) is seeking dynamic individuals to fill the position of Campus Organizing Fellow The Voter Protection Fellow will help manage parts of the 2024 General Election statewide voter protection program that will protect and encourage voter participation. 

About the Democratic Party of Illinois 

In the 2024 election cycle, the DPI will protect and elect Democrats up and down the ballot, while building the most active and inclusive party our state has ever seen. Our work is year-round, and our programs will focus on welcoming Illinois Democrats home to a party relentlessly focused on electing those who champion our causes and our communities. 

What Will You Do?

Campus Organizing Fellows will play a key role in helping us build the grassroots organization we need to win in 2024. You will participate in campaign training, receive structured coaching and support, and work closely with staff to implement our plan to persuade and mobilize Democratic voters.

As a Campus Fellow, you will:

  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers 
  • Secure voter commitments to vote for Democratic candidates by attending community events, tabling and other tactics
  • Support turnout efforts on campus by encouraging and providing resources on how to vote early and on Election Day. 
  • Use digital tools to engage new volunteers, expand the electorate, and highlight our work on the ground

Top things we’re looking for:

  • Strong commitment to Democratic politics and ideals and enthusiasm for Democratic candidates
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Goals-oriented and self-disciplined; able to meet tight deadlines and multitask
  • Good sense of humor and ability to adapt to a fast paced, changing work environment
  • Previous experience with VAN, Reach, Mobilize or other digital organizing tools a plus, but not required

Job Details

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student on one of the following campuses:

  • Northern Illinois University
  • Illinois State University
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

The position will start in August and run through November 8th. Fellows are expected to commit to at least 20 hours a week with the campaign. This is a paid position. Interested candidates should send an introductory email explaining their interest in Democratic politics and their resume to [email protected].

The Democratic Party of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  The Democratic Party of Illinois strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees or applicants because of actual or perceived race (including traits associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender (including gender-related identity, gender nonconformity, and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age (40 and over), physical or mental disability (including unlawful discrimination against an individual because of the individual’s association with a person with a disability), citizenship status, work authorization status, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, order of protection status, marital status, arrest record (including an arrest not leading to a conviction, a juvenile record, or criminal history information ordered expunged, sealed, or impounded), conviction record (unless there is a substantial relationship between the previous criminal offenses and the position or the employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public), status as a victim or perceived victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, gender violence, or any other crime of violence, credit history or credit report,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

The Democratic Party of Illinois complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), and all applicable state and local law. Consistent with those requirements, The Illinois Democratic Party of Illinois will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. If you believe you need accommodation during the hiring process, please contact us.  The Democratic Party of Illinois will also, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodations for an applicant or employee’s religious beliefs or practices.

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