Fellowship Program

Wisconsin Progress is an organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and developing candidates and leaders who support and advocate progressive policies across the state. Wisconsin Progress is seeking campaign fellows to work with our candidates for local offices across the state.


Fellows will work directly with candidates running for local office (county board, city council, town and village board, and school boards) in their assigned area. They will serve as, in essence, campaign managers to no more than two candidates at a time, while acting as a liaison between the Wisconsin Progress Candidate Services Department and the many spring candidates we work with.

Fellows will help to manage candidates and their races. They will work with Wisconsin Progress regional staff to write and implement candidates’ campaign plans from Day 1 to Election Day. They will provide ongoing, one-on-one technical assistance to candidates in the following ways:

  • Fellows will aid in targeting and conducting voter contact by working with candidates to cut turf, knock on doors, make phone calls, etc.

  • Fellows may assist candidates with their finance reports, be in charge of developing the candidate’s budget, and aid in fundraising efforts by conducting donor research, staffing call time, and helping plan and manage events.

  • Fellows will help with messaging and communication for candidates, including literature development of door hangers, mailers, letters to the editor, etc. They will oversee the implementation of a mail plan.

  • Fellows will recruit, train, and manage local volunteers.


  • Fellows must have some level of prior campaign experience and/or taken part in a training program such as the Advanced Democratic Leadership Institute.

  • Fellows must be able to commit 10-15 hours per week to their candidates from January - April 2019. 

  • The Fellowship Program is available to qualified individuals outside of Southeast Wisconsin and Dane County. 


The fellowship is designed to build and hone campaign skills and candidate management experience that will serve as a stepping stone to future jobs and opportunities. Fellows will gain the core competencies necessary to support candidates running for any level of office. Wisconsin Progress will work with all fellows who perform well over the course of their fellowship to help get them secure positions on campaigns in the Fall 2020 cycle if desired. 

Application Process and Timeline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to info@wisconsinprogress.org. Interviews for qualified candidates will begin in September.

Fellows accepted into the program will participate in an orientation and training in December. They will begin their work with candidates in January and complete the fellowship in April after the spring election.