Right now we’re interviewing candidates for our spring Obama Organizing Fellowship Program—and it’s not too late to apply. The program is a great way to get hands on organizing experience, and I should know: I started out a summer organizer myself. Being a summer organizer in New York last year gave me the tools I needed to be first a field organizer, and now a regional field director. From the "hard ask" to honing my personal story, being a summer organizer was the best thing I have ever done for myself.
Organizing is such a rewarding experience. Talking to voters on a daily basis and meeting folks who feel the pull to get out there and do something about the kind of country they want to live in has been inspiring and eye-opening. I’ve learned that listening is the most important part of the job—listening to voters about the issues that are important to them, about what they need to help them get the message to their neighborhoods, and about their personal ties to the campaign and why they support the President.
Are you interested in organizing and want to help grow this campaign in your community? My advice: Apply now. The fellowship will give you skills that will benefit you for years to come. More importantly, it will give you an outlet to be proactive in the direction you want this country to take, and empower you to BE the change we seek.