We are currently hiring graduating seniors to join our campus organizer team and we also have a few immediate positions for any December grads.
Our program teaches students to take the problems they have learned about in the classroom and work towards the solutions. Graduating seniors who take a job as a campus organizer are not just leaders themselves —they are trainers, inspirers,full-on changemakers and behind-the-scenes support systems for student activists. Our organizers work to give students the resources they need to make an impact and empower them to unlock their full power to build a better future.
Climate change. Plastic pollution. Affordable higher education. Turning out to vote.
Do these sound like issues you would want to work on? As you are entering your senior year and thinking about what type of career to launch into- I’m excited to update you on our recent training and show you what it would be like to have a job that works to train and empower college students across the country.
Why apply to be a campus organizer with the Student PIRGs? For one,training is the heart and soul of our program. We train our new staff to be full-fledged community organizers, equipped with the skills to enter a community of college students and recruit and train them to run grassroots campaigns that get thousands of their peers engaged and involved every year. Read on to see how our team will be taking the skills they learned from training to organize hundreds of thousands of students across the country and why you should apply to join us next year!
Training and recruiting new leaders
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many campuses and communities are looking for ways to stay connected, and students are looking for ways to make a difference. Our training focused on how organizers can engage new student activists, swapping methods like grabbing a clipboard and heading to the quad for remote organizing skills, including how to run phone and video meetings and honing digital storytelling skills.
Florida Organizer Sithara Menon got her start freshman year at UCLA working to secure commitments from the state of California and the UC system for 100% clean electricity with CALPIRG Students. This fall, she is taking a semester off to work full time as a campus organizer at Florida State University. In her first week on the ground she took the skills she learned at training to run her own statewide training for over 40 Florida students, teaching them how to organize and run a digital voter registration and turnout drive, and how they could recruit their peers to get involved.
Building strong coalitions
We know that making progress is built on strong ties in our communities, so our program focuses on building strong and diverse coalitions. We partner with groups like Rock the Vote, Michigan Voices, the ALL IN Challenge, the California Secretary of State’s office, the Break Free From Plastic coalition and more to win our campaigns!
Staff highlight: Michigan Organizer Julia Alexander got her B.A. in Political Science from Oakland University and was the Vice President of the student government, where she organized voter registration drives on campus and was recognized with the school’s prestigious Leadership in Diversity Award. Coming out of training, Julia worked with Lansing Community College and over 10 coalition partners, including the Diversity Officer, the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Club Soccer Advisor and the League of Women Voters to make sure every student at orientation gets a chance to register to vote. ”
Learning by doing
No training is complete without practice! Putting their new skills to the test, in just a few hours, organizers made over 1,000 contacts to help students in North Carolina register to vote and hired more than 100 new interns. New staff were able to see valuable demonstrations of our training principles in practice, and get feedback on their skills based on real interactions.
Staff highlight: Georgia Organizer Julia Geskey graduated from the University of Mary Washington, where she majored in Political Science. Julia started with us as a Summer Intern as part of our Democracy Summer program, helping her peers register and make a plan to vote. So far, Julia has put the skills she learned through our internship and training program to the test, hiring over 20 interns within the first three days of school starting.
Reaching students in new ways
As our team and much of the country continues working remotely to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are focused on boosting our organizers’ skills in organizing online, from social media to running successful online meetings and events. We have reformatted our campaign strategies to include new relational organizing technologies, mass texting and phonebanking tools, and our own one-stop-shop for student voter registration and assistance, StudentVote.org.
Staff highlight: North Carolina Organizer Jai Williams graduated from the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in Political Science and worked on local get out the vote campaigns. Jai will be taking our voter registration and turnout work to the next level by engaging Community Colleges across North Carolina, working with them to use our nonpartisan voter registration tool and student voting information center, StudentVote.org, and help their students register to vote and make a plan to vote this fall.
I can’t think of anything more rewarding than a career that allows you to help train the next generation of activists and organizers. If you want a career to help amplify the power of student activism on college campuses across the country- apply today.
Look forward to seeing your application!
Student PIRGs Recruitment Director
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