Student and Youth Organizing Fellows

Ignite NC is seeking youth and student Organizing Fellows for its NC Voter Defense Project

The purpose of this fellowship is to coordinate youth and student efforts in North Carolina to counter attacks on voting rights and stop the attacks on young people – from racial profiling to joblessness.  There is a stipend offered with this fellowship.

The positions are based in Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Boone, and Durham.  Potential fellows must be able to attend a mandatory training on September 11 evening in Durham.


We are seeking candidates who can make a three month commitment: September 11, 2013 through December 13, 2013.

Organizing Fellow

Position: Fellow (Paid)
Dates: September 11, 2013 – December 13, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Location: Fellows will be hired to be based in and near the campuses in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Elizabeth City, Raleigh, Boone, and Durham

A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Young people, students, people of color, women, immigrants, and poor and working people are under attack in North Carolina.  The attack on the voting rights of students is one of the significant battlegrounds in our state.  This fellowship will focus in large part on Election Protection and voter defense in key places around the state.   


  • Fellows will work in partnership with student and youth, voting rights, immigrant, and racial justice organizations to protect and defend the right of students to vote in North Carolina.
  • Recruit a dedicated cohort of student activists to be trained to know the rights of voters, voter ID laws and other new laws, and be prepared to document and advocate for people who’s right to vote is being challenged,
  • Help with social media and traditional media outreach,
  • Coordinate volunteers,
  • Work with partner organization to help build the skills and capacity of youth and students and youth and student-led organizations ability to engage in long-term movement building,
  • Other administrative support tasks as needed,


  • A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color,
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 9

Interested candidates submit resume, cover letter (NO LONGER THAN TWO PAGES), and three references to Use the subject line “Organizing Fellow” in your email. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:  

1.      Why are you interested in this organizing fellowship?

2.      Describe your organizing experience or what interests you in organizing.

3.      What do you think it will take to build the youth and student movement in North Carolina?  What do you think you can contribute?

4.      Tell us about someone you consider a role model and why.

5.      Tell us about one issue you feel passionate about.

NC Voter Defense Project