Frequently Asked Questions
What do Washington Bus Fellows do? Fellows run the most innovative, effective and fun political programs in Washington State.
- Organize Bus events and get-out-the-vote efforts.
- Lead campaigns and collaborate with community organizations.
- Couple politics with arts, culture, and music events.
- Lead voter education and voter registration drives.
- Inspire, develop, and manage volunteers.
What is the time commitment? The Washington Bus Fellowship runs from June 15th to August 20th, 2016. Fellows must be able to participate in all ten weeks of the program and are expected to commit at least 50 hours per week. Yes, evenings and weekends as well.
Can I take this class, have a second job, etc while being a Fellow? We highly discourage Fellows from having any other major time commitments during the course of the program. Historically, we have found that this affects a Fellow’s ability to participate in the program and bond with their fellow Fellows. All other major time commitments outside of the Fellowship program should be discussed with Fellowship staff prior to the start of the program.
Are Washington Bus Fellows paid? Fellows receive a stipend of $500 per month for a total of $1,500.00 over the course of the program. Some scholarships are available to cover additional costs.
Is housing available for Washington Bus Fellows? We do our best to provide free homestays to Fellows for whom the cost of housing would be a barrier to participating in our program; particularly for Fellows who are from outside of the King County area.
What’s an average day like for a Washington Bus Fellow? That really depends on the week. However, on an average weekday, you’ll meet in the classroom at 10:00 am, and spend a couple hours learning from some of the best community leaders and political experts in the state. Afternoons and evenings vary, but you can expect to be busy 3 – 4 evenings a week, attending music festivals, planning work field events, and engaging volunteers. On the weekends you can expect be out in the community registering folks to vote, canvassing neighbors and dancing with Vote Bot.
When do I apply? There are three application deadlines this year: February 17th, March 16th and April 20th. Applications submitted online are due at midnight PST on the date of the deadline. Paper applications must be received in our Seattle office by the end of business on the date of the application deadline. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. We receive more applications at each passing deadline and the application process becomes increasingly competitive.
What’s the application process like? Great question. There are three steps:
- Pre-application. All applicants will need to fill out a pre-application. If it sounds like you’re a good fit, we’ll follow up with you.
- Full application. Once approved, we’ll send you the full application. It’s an online form and you’ll need to submit it all at once. If you don’t have regular access to internet, please let us know and we can provide a paper application. In addition to answering the essay questions, you’ll also need to provide the contact information for two references and a resume.
- Interview. A committee of staff members and Bus Alumni will read applications and interview applicants who look like a good fit.
What if I’m not 18-25 or can’t donate 50 hours a week to democracy? Consider applying for a part-time internship!