Democracy Summer 2021 Fellow Application
Thank you for expressing interest in participating with young people across America as a Democracy Summer Fellow in 2021. We urgently need the skills, idealism and energy of committed young people to rescue and redeem the promise of America.
Please read the Democracy Summer program description below before completing the form.
The application includes short-answer questions intended to help us get a better sense of your experience, why you're passionate about joining the next generation of progressive leaders and organizers, and why you think this is the best way for you to contribute to advancing progressive politics in 2021.
Democracy Summer 2021 will take place from Monday, June 21 to Friday, July 31. Any questions may be directed to Madeline Kracov at Madeline@JamieRaskin.com. We look forward to reviewing your applications.
Democracy Summer is a long-term recurring project of Congressman Jamie Raskin's political campaign. It reflects his commitment to train the next generation of political activists, organizers, and leaders as an essential part of his work in public life. This year, we are delighted to partner with the DCCC and individual Democratic Members of Congress as we expand the project to include young people from across the country.
In 2021, college and high school-aged students will be selected to participate as Fellows in our virtual summer learning program and to be trained simultaneously as organizers and volunteer activists in Democratic political campaigns. Fellows will learn by way of study, discussion and action. They will participate in a curriculum designed by Rep. Raskin focused on the history of social and political change in America and the values, dynamics and skills of political organizing.
Through this curriculum, Fellows will learn from great activist heroes, young and old political leaders, Democratic policy experts and top political and community organizers across the country.
The theme of 2021 Democracy Summer will be “Nonviolent Movements, Violent Reactions: the Historic and Continuing Struggle for Voting Rights and Strong Democracy in America.”
In prior years, the Program has also featured conversations on topics such as the climate crisis, gun violence prevention and the power of the NRA, the assault on reproductive freedom, wealth inequality and tax policy, immigration and refugee policy, the Electoral College and the National Popular Vote campaign, redistricting and gerrymandering, the domestic budget and the military budget, U.S. foreign policy and Congressional power to declare war, education policy, civil rights and civil liberties, and the continuing spread of voter suppression tactics in GOP-controlled state legislatures. Democracy Summer speakers have included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Civil Rights leaders Bob Moses and Rev. William J. Barber II, Prof. Laurence Tribe, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. John Lewis, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
All Democracy Summer Fellows will receive an organizing assignment based on location. Through this organizing work with our partners—the DCCC, and the campaigns of Democratic Members of Congress and Democratic challengers to Republican incumbents—Fellows will receive an intensive practical training in the key skills of Democratic campaigning: electoral strategy, field organizing, door-to-door canvassing, phone-banking, text banking, fundraising, policy development and campaign messaging, social media and digital strategy, rally and online organizing, event planning, scheduling, and campaign management.
Democracy Summer 2021 is a six-week commitment, with all activities taking place virtually on a Monday-Thursday week. The academic program will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and will include both compelling speakers and rigorous discussions with peers; it will primarily take place between the hours of 10am- 6pm ET. Fellows will spend Tuesdays and Thursdays in organizing teams, with hours set by your assigned partner. Occasional weekend and evening events may be expected as well. Due to COVID-19, as of now, all activities will take place virtually. Should it become safe to do so, some in-person events will be scheduled but they will remain optional. Program staff will discuss which absences are excused and should work to approve all absences in advance.
Please note that Democracy Summer is offering a stipend to all Fellows for their organizing work. This stipend will be provided by your assigned Organizing Partner and may vary. (Applicants have the opportunity to request an additional modest amount to that stipend if they would otherwise be unable to participate in the program. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for the modest increase on top of the stipend all Fellows receive. We will process your request after Fellows are selected; please note that extra financial need is not a factor in admission to the program and the admissions process is need-blind.)
If you have any questions, please send an email to:
We are committed to reflecting the rich diversity of our district and creating an inclusive environment that exemplifies the broad political and social movements we wish to support and sustain. We strongly encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
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