Fellowship for Sociology Majors

U.S.PIRG Fellowship Program

Apply online at uspirg.org/apply by February 8th.

U.S.PIRG and the state PIRGs have won real victories for the public interest. In recent years we’ve won
high-speed rail funding in California, cut $150 million of health insurance waste in Oregon, and helped
create the Consumer Financial Protect Bureau to protect consumers from Wall Street tricks.

The U.S.PIRG fellowship is designed to give recent college graduates the training they need to be
public interest advocates and organizers. As a PIRG fellow, you will recruit and train activists,
research problems, find practical solutions, demonstrate public support through media events, and lobby
decision makers.

Responsibilities include:

·         Developing issue expertise through research and report writing

·         Planning campaigns and developing strategies to win

·         Building and demonstrating public support through media events and by working with activists
and like-minded organizations

·         Making the case to decision-makers in one-on-one meetings and through legislative testimony

·         Building your program through fundraising

·         Building the organization by canvassing for portions of the year, in addition to running a
citizen outreach office in the summer months


·         Strong work ethic

·         Outstanding verbal and written communication

·         Proven leadership skills

·         Strong commitment to getting results

·         Passion for social change

·         We value experience with campus groups or student government, and academic achievement

Training & Experience

Fellows participate in regional and national trainings throughout the year.  Training includes
fieldwork with experienced U.S. PIRG staff and a classroom training of lectures, briefings, discussions
and role-plays. Throughout the year you gain valuable skills and hands-on experience.

Salary & Benefits

In an entry-level position, you will earn $24,500 over the course of your first year with U.S. PIRG and
$26,000 in your second. Salary for experienced candidates is commensurate with relevant professional
experience. In addition, full-time staff can opt in to our fully-covered state health care coverage,
are eligible for paid sick days and vacation days, can apply for our college loan assistance program,
and are also eligible to join our 401(k) program in their second year.

Application Deadline: February 8

Apply online at uspirg.org/apply


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