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Democracy Fellows will work closely with Common Cause college outreach coordinators and Fellows at HBCUs across North Carolina to boost civic engagement and promote the value of becoming lifelong participants in democracy on their campus.

Fall Semester:  

In the fall semester, Democracy Fellows will focus on increasing student turnout in the current election cycle by:

  • creatively communicating with peers about the importance of students voting and having a voice in decisions affecting their everyday lives, their futures, and our HBCUs.
  • disseminating information about the voting processes (voter registration, requesting absentee ballots, accessing polling locations, voting early, etc).
  • attending community events to learn about early voting, election protocol, and what will be expected in the spring.

Spring Semester:

In the spring semester, Democracy Fellows will focus on building relationships and educating their peers on ways to influence change by:

  • hosting events and discussion on topics that highlight the importance of civic engagement beyond voting.
  • advocating for early voting sites that will make voting more accessible for students.
  • disseminate information on bills that will have a direct impact on HBCUs or students.

This is a ten hour minimum per week commitment for the semester with the opportunity to continue for up to two additional semesters. Selected Democracy Fellows will receive $600 per semester upon successful completion of the program or course credit (if offered by the school). The Common Cause campus outreach coordinator will work with each Democracy Fellow to secure internship course credit where possible.


  • Build relationships with student leaders on your campus and from HBCUs across the state
  • Participate in leadership and organizing trainings to prepare you for future work in politics, law, advocacy, public relations, and more
  • Develop mentoring relationship with Common Cause’s college outreach coordinators and connections to Common Cause’s community of partners in NC.


  • Recruit and cultivate volunteers
  • Manage and participate in voter registration and community canvassing
  • Track contacts and enter information into data form
  • Participate in statewide Democracy Fellow trainings and learning events (beginning of the year retreat, end of reception, monthly conference calls, etc.)
  • Attend weekly meetings with Common Cause campus outreach coordinator and other campus Democracy Fellows to coordinate activities
  • Establish and maintain relationships with community and campus partners
  • Support and advance the Common Cause HBCU mission
  • Increase Common Cause’s social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Disseminate information about the voting processes by making class announcements, organizing residence hall dialogues, tabling, and attending partner events
  • Work closely with Common Cause campus outreach coordinators to develop individual goals that are in alignment with student’s strengths and interests.

An ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Engage peers and surrounding community in the electoral process
  • Have strong written and verbal skills

Contact us by email at HBCUSAA@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Application Link: https://forms.gle/qPPEU7go5miJjCTU9

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