There are 3 easy steps:
(1) An initial application with some questions about your interests and motivations.
(2) A full application requiring some more in-depth questions about your passions and your organizing experience.
(3) A Skype (or in-person if you’re in Portland) interview with the Director, Amy Kessler.
How soon will I know if I got in?
The whole 3 step process can happen as quickly as a week, or it can take a couple months — depending mostly on you. We review applications as they are submitted.
How much does it cost? We’re committed to making sure that money isn’t a barrier to participation in PolitiCorps. PolitiCorps costs about $5,500 per Fellow – the Fellowship covers that cost (so it’s free for you). We even pay a modest stipend & set you up with a free homestay for the summer.
Getting paid? But how much? It depends. Whether you’re far or near (flights and such), got loans to pay, living with your folks in Portland, etc. The average stipend is around $1000.
What are the hours like? PolitiCorps is only ten weeks long. We cram a lot into that time – classes, trainings, field work, volunteer organizing, networking, etc etc. You’ll be working almost every day of those ten weeks – campaign hours. We’ve got five days off scheduled for the summer.
Where will I live? We’ll set you up with a friendly homestay host in Portland. If you’re already living in Portland and want to live there, that’s just fine.
How will I get around? Howeva you’d like. Portland has a great public transportation system (www.trimet.org). We’ve also got some bikes we loan out each summer (and smarty-pants bike gurus who can fix anything that ails your bicycle). You can find an awesome biking map of Portland here.
What does a typical day at PolitiCorps look like? A typical weekday at PolitiCorps begins around 9am with a morning check-in and the first class of the day. Classes and workshops generally last until 12 or 1pm. Fellows have a break for lunch, have a daily field check-in meeting and then work on their field campaign in the afternoon and evening – planning, doing field work, recruiting and managing volunteers, etc. We also often squeeze in community trainings or events, networking opportunities and house parties. Field time is followed by a nightly check-in and data entry.
About Fall PolitiCorps
How much does it cost? As aforementioned, we don’t want money to be a barrier. Anyone who is interested in doing this work is encouraged to apply. We will hold classes and have lectures from guest speakers, but it will come at no cost to you!
Do I get a stipend for Fall PolitiCorps? We are able to offer stipends to folks who participate in Summer PolitiCorps because they work about 60 hours each week–making it a full time job. In the fall, do not offer a stipend but we are able to offer 4 college credits in upper-division Political Science.
So if I’m not working 60 hour weeks, how much will I work? Fall fellows work about 8 hours each week. 3 of those hours are dedicated to classroom sessions, lectures, and guest speakers. The remaining 5 are spent on field work and planning for your campaign.
What does a typical day look like? Each week fellows spend 3 hours in a classroom where they will learn how to plan and manage a campaign. These classroom sessions are usually held on Thursday evening and taught by the director, Amy Kessler, as well as guest speakers from around Portland. Throughout the rest of the week, fellows must work an additional 5 hours either in the field or planning their campaign plans.
About the Bus Project
The Bus Project? Is this public transportation? Nope. We’re not public transit, but we’re down with that sort of thing. We’re a non-partisan, non-profit political organization dedicated to getting young people involved in politics (and making politics fun). We like to say that we’re a vehicle for hands-on democracy. We drive votes, we drive leaders, we drive change (and yes, we do have a bus).
PolitiCorps is a program of the Bus Project.