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Eva Clayton Fellowship Program

The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is proud to offer the Eva Clayton Fellowship, an opportunity for deserving college students from underrepresented communities to learn the intricacies of North Carolina Democratic politics. As the first African-American woman to represent North Carolina in Congress, Eva Clayton’s life and work continues to inspire North Carolina Democrats. The NCDP is continuing her work by training the next generation of Democratic leaders.

Interested students should read the description below and then submit a resume and cover letter to fellowship@ncdp.org.

**All fellowships are remote until further notice.**

The application period for Fall 2021 is now open.

Eva Clayton Fellows will be trained by North Carolina Democratic Party staff and have the opportunity to work and network with Democratic officials from across the state. The Fellowship program offers positions in the departments of Communications, Data, Political, Digital, Finance, Minority Affairs & Organizing. In addition to the work in the respective departments, Fellows will learn about the work of the NCDP as a whole, including how we work to elect and support Democrats in North Carolina, how we empower volunteers and local leaders, and more. Fellows will also participate in trainings hosted by the NCDP. Resume and professional skill-building workshops will be offered to help students get their next job, and find their niche in the exciting world of NC politics. College students who are hardworking, attentive to detail, and passionate about advancing Democratic values are encouraged to apply. Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter to fellowship@ncdp.org. In their cover letter, candidates should discuss why they are interested in working with the NCDP and which three departments listed below they’d most like to work with. Applicants should also provide a rough estimate of the schedule they can work (ex: Tues. and Thurs. 1:00-3:00PM, Mon. and Wed. from 10:00AM-1:00PM, etc.). Fellows are expected to work 15 hours per week. Qualified candidates will be contacted by the NCDP to schedule an interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until positions are filled, so the earlier you apply the better! This position provides a monthly stipend for the duration of the academic semester. Depending on the school, this position may also satisfy college credit or community service requirements.


 

Descriptions of NCDP Departments

Congressional District Organizing: NCDP is seeking highly motivated candidates to serve as Eva Clayton Regional Organizing Fellows in Congressional Districts 1, 3, 6, 10 & 12. Organizers will focus on voter engagement and building hyper local long-term grassroots teams and organizing capacity. Regional Organizing Fellows will focus on day-to-day field operations in their assigned congressional districts and will be responsible for implementing a portion of the field plan- recruiting, training and managing County Captains, Grassroot Organizers, and volunteers.  Fellows will be required to attend weekly statewide organizing meetings.  Organizers will be held accountable for meeting both quantitative and qualitative field metrics. Ideal candidates must be able to complete tasks on tight deadlines.

*You must live in the congressional district that you apply for. Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district.

Finance: Finance is the engine that makes the NCDP run! Through mail, digital, events, and by other means, the Finance team raises the funds necessary to operate the NCDP and elect Democrats across the state. As an Eva Clayton Finance Fellow, students will learn about all of the ways we fundraise effectively – from consistent donor relations to detailed event planning and management. You’ll work closely with other departments to brainstorm new ways to raise money, as well as polishing the ways we already fundraise. Fellows will also work with the Executive Director, Finance Director, and Director of Party Operations to plan successful events that energize donors and work toward accomplishing all of our goals in 2021-22. Two positions in the Finance Department are available.

Digital: Digital Organizing is one of the best tools we have to get people civically and politically engaged. As a Digital Fellow, you’ll gain experience using cutting-edge tools and graphic design to mobilize folks to action. The Deputy Digital Director will train you one-on-one and tailor the fellowship to your interests (graphic design, writing, digital organizing, etc.). Ideal candidates will have experience working in marketing, public relations, journalism, political science or graphic design. Here are some of the things you can expect to do:

  • Learn how to independently run and manage our events thread so folks from Murphy to Manteo can connect with fellow Democrats
  • Assist NCDP county parties and auxiliaries with their digital/design needs and help them get the support they need for all their work on-the-ground
  • Use WordPress and coding to update the NCDP website so it remains a resource for voters across the state
  • Help build up our volunteer base ahead of the 2021 election. This may involve design work, social post and blog writing, candidate research, etc.
  • Assist the digital department with media monitoring, data entry, and other projects that may arise 

Political/Party Affairs: The Political/Party Affairs department organizes and problem-solves with our most important asset – NCDP volunteers. These folks are the on-the-ground Democratic leaders in their communities, they are county chairs, auxiliary presidents, district chairs, etc., and they are spread out across the entire state. If you want to know how the politics works from the grassroots, this is the department for you. It is hard work – answering constituent phone calls, responding to concerns from Democrats all over the state, helping other departments as they work with our community leaders – but working in Political/Party Affairs gives Fellows real insight into the NCDP and how it functions in communities across the state.

Communications: The NC Democratic Party is hiring a Communications Fellow with superior writing skills, attention to detail, and organizational ability. This position is primarily writing-based. Ideal candidates will have completed coursework in journalism, communications, or political science and will be self-starters, work well in a team, and have a desire to learn about the political process. Candidates will gain experience in strategic political communications for a statewide political organization. Main responsibilities include:

  • Drafting various communications including press releases, statements, and talking points
  • Drafting letters and other correspondence
  • Updating internal databases of press releases and talking points
  • Maintaining press lists

Data: The Data Department’s Eva Clayton fellow will do so much more than crunching numbers. As a data Eva Clayton fellow, you will help create the organizational structure for our voter database system, provide support and troubleshoot errors within the system, create training materials for county parties, and be integral in brainstorming how we strengthen the department going into 2020. More importantly, this internship will be an opportunity for you to learn new skills that interest you like Votebuilder, SQL, Tableau, modeling, and other data analysis techniques. All that’s required is a passion for learning new things, a mind for organization and a welcoming customer service personality.

Minority Affairs and Organizing: The Minority Affairs & Organizing Department works with fellow Democrats across the state of North Carolina with the primary goal of growing and strengthening the Party. As the big tent party, Democrats always strive to ensure we maintain both diversity and inclusion in all practices. Minority Affairs & Organizing works directly with our Affiliated Organizations, composed of caucuses and auxiliaries to provide that seat at the table for all.
We work with the Minority Affairs Chairs from each of the Congressional Districts to coordinate with the organization of new chapters of our Affiliated Organizations and support equity in our Congressional Districts. We oversee the Eva Clayton Fellowship program and are responsible for the annual Women of Color Leadership Forum. As well as host programs throughout the state to strengthen the Party and collaborative efforts with all other NCDP Departments. If you are interested in working in an environment that requires multitasking, great communication skills, and maintaining both long term and short term projects on an on-going basis; this just might be for you.

 

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