Apply to be a Democracy Summer Fellow!

Apply NOW to be a Democracy Summer Fellow with one of the 60 participating Campaigns of House Democratic Members! The priority deadline to apply was March 15, 2022, but campaigns continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Find the application for the campaign closest to you and apply here.

Find the application for the campaign closest to you and apply here.


About the Democracy Summer project

“Democracy Summer won't just change your life. It will change your country.”

— Rep. Jamie Raskin

The Democracy Summer project seeks to bring about political change in America by training and deploying the next generation of Democratic organizers and leaders to win elections at every level. This one-of-a-kind Democratic Fellowship—founded by Congressman Jamie Raskin but now undertaken across the country—teaches high school and college students state-of-the-art tactics in voter registration and political organizing, the dynamic history of political and social change in our country, and essential lessons for political leadership.

Democracy Summer expanded nationally for the first time in 2021 in an historic partnership with the DCCC and campaigns of Democratic Members. Over 350 college and high school-aged students from 27 states participated as Fellows in our first nationwide virtual summer learning program and were trained simultaneously as organizers and volunteer activists in Democratic campaigns all over the country.

Now in 2022, we are poised for yet another massive expansion as we galvanize the next generation of true-blue Democrats in more than 50 campaigns of Democratic Members of Congress who have already signed up to participate in what many are calling the most important congressional election of our lifetime.

The theme of Democracy Summer 2022’s curriculum is “Political Democracy and its Enemies.” There will be readings and presentations about white supremacy and political democracy, the January 6 attacks, historic and contemporary struggles for voting rights, fascism and totalitarianism, and proposed changes to strengthen democratic processes in the future.

Previous Democracy Summer guest 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, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and many more.

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Program Structure

This six-week program takes place from June 20, 2022 to July 31, 2022 and requires a commitment of about 20-25 hours a week. Participating Members of the House will select their own campaigns' Democracy Summer Fellows—students should apply through their local participating House campaign.

Democracy Summer Fellows will spend two days a week taking part in an intensive curriculum focused on leadership training, the history of social change in America, and best practices in political organizing today.

During the remainder of the week, the Fellows will be on the ground organizing and connecting with voters in participating districts and nearby swing districts to help hold the House in 2022.

Stay up-to-date about Democracy Summer by following us @NatlDemSummer on Twitter and Instagram!

For questions about this program, please contact our National Director, Madeline Kracov at Madeline@JamieRaskin.com


Democracy Summer 2022 Partner Campaigns

Find your local campaign and apply here by March 15

state outline California

CA-16 Anna Eshoo for Congress
CA-17 Ro for Congress
CA-02 Huffman for Congress
CA-33 Ted Lieu for Congress
CA-34 Jimmy Gomez for Congress
CA-47 Katie Porter for Congress
CA-49 Mike Levin for Congress
CA-50 Scott Peters for Congress
CA-51 Sara Jacobs for Congress

state outline Colorado

CO-02 Joe Neguse for Congress

state outline Connecticut

CT-03 Friends of Rosa DeLauro
CT-04 Himes for Congress

state outline Delaware

DE-AL Lisa Blunt Rochester for Congress

state outline Florida

FL-09 Darren Soto for Congress
FL-14 Castor for Congress
FL-21 Lois Frankel for Congress
FL-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Congress

state outline Georgia

GA-05 Nikema for Congress

state outline Iowa

IA-03 Cindy Axne for Congress

state outline Illinois

IL-04 Chuy Garcia for Congress
IL-10 Brad Schneider for Congress
IL-11 Bill Foster For Congress
IL-14 Lauren Underwood for Congress

state outline Massachusetts

MA-02 Re-Elect McGovern Committee
MA-05 Katherine Clark for Congress
MA-06 Moulton for Congress

state outline Maryland

MD-05 Hoyer for Congress
MD-08 Jamie Raskin for Congress

state outline Maine

ME-02 Committee to Elect Jared Golden

state outline Michigan

MI-06 Debbie Dingell for Congress
MI-08 Friends of Dan Kildee
MI-09 Andy Levin for Congress
MI-12 Rashida Tlaib for Congress

state outline Minnesota

MN-02 Angie Craig for Congress
MN-05 Ilhan For Congress

state outline New Jersey

NJ-03 Andy Kim for Congress
NJ-07 Tom Malinowski for Congress
NJ-11 Mikie Sherrill for Congress

state outline New Mexico

NM-03 Teresa for All

state outline Nevada

NV-03 Susie Lee for Congress
NV-04 Nevadans for Steven Horsford

state outline New York

NY-18 Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress

state outline Oregon

OR-05 Kurt Schrader for Congress

state outline Pennsylvania

PA-04 Madeleine Dean
PA-07 Susan Wild for Congress
PA-08 Cartwright For Congress
PA-05 Scanlon for Congress

state outline Texas

TX-07 Lizzie Fletcher for Congress
TX-16 Veronica Escobar for Congress

state outline Virginia

VA-02 Elaine for Congress
VA-07 Abigail Spanberger for Congress
VA-10 Jennifer Wexton for Congress

state outline Washington

WA-01 DelBene for Congress
WA-06 People for Derek Kilmer
WA-07 Pramila for Congress
WA-08 Dr. Kim Schrier for Congress

Testimonials:

“Democracy Summer reinvigorated our local activists and clubs like nothing else. When you unleash the creativity and enthusiasm of young people, everyone gets excited. At this moment when our very democracy hangs in the balance and people worry about energizing the Democratic electorate in the midterms, Democracy Summer can add a huge splash of hope and confidence in every kind of district.” -- Rep. Andy Levin, 2021 Democracy Summer Partner

"You learn from these amazing people everyday at Democracy Summer with their questions and answers. I can say there's never been a day at Democracy Summer when I didn't learn something new. Being surrounded with this uplifting group of people inspired me to create a politically active club at my school...Democracy Summer isn't just something you do and leave, it inspires you to continue what you learned and use it in the world to change it into a better place. My time at Democracy Summer was truly my most life-changing experience yet. I now hope and aspire to stay continuously politically active and aware." -- Adesola Adelegan, Democracy Summer 2019 Fellow

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