Close Up Civic Fellowship

Spend a year inspiring, empowering, and serving young people while building your own career

You’re a recent college graduate (or about to be one), dedicated to serving others and looking to build your skills and network in civic education, nonprofit work, or the realms of politics and policy. Join Close Up for our Civic Fellowship, a life-changing year of engaging young people in the political process, breaking down the barriers of polarization, and making your mark as an aspiring educator, issue advocate, or nonprofit leader.

We have 20 openings for our 2023-2024 Civic Fellowship program.

  • Dates: The Civic Fellowship program runs from September 2023 (with an option to begin in June 2023) through July 2024.
  • Eligibility: This is a full-time position open to applicants who will have graduated from a four-year college or university by September 2023 (or June 2023 for the earlier start date).
  • Salary and Benefits: Civic Fellows receive a competitive salary and full benefits, including medical and dental insurance.
  • Application Process: Applications open in January 2023 and are accepted on a rolling basis through June 15, 2023. Until then, fill out an interest form to be notified when the application process begins.

The Civic Fellow Experience

As a Civic Fellow, you’ll become part of Close Up’s tightly knit team of civic educators, working together to serve young people of all backgrounds in a fast-paced environment that changes week to week.

You’ll earn a salary and benefits as you:

  • Lead civic education programs (in our nation’s capital and the virtual space) for diverse students from across the country, helping them discuss and debate the issues that matter to them.
  • Serve as a mentor and tutor for local students in community engagement programs.
  • Meet and build relationships with elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and policy experts.
  • Participate in professional development sessions with skilled educators.
  • Spearhead efforts to research, evaluate, and improve the efficacy of our work.

Have you already graduated? Are you interested in working with Close Up this year? Apply to be an instructor starting this January!

What You Gain

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