Program Assistants at FCNL

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Want to start a career in advocacy? FCNL program assistants spend 11 months working with key staff members to build expertise in advocacy from a public interest perspective. The paid program is geared toward recent graduates and others at the beginning of their careers and begins in late August.

Our work is driven by the world we seek. FCNL staff works for the common good. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL has spent 70 years lobbying to change federal policy to advance social and economic justice, peace and good government.

I never imagined that, just a year after college, I would engage meaningfully with my members of Congress and organize folks from across the country to do the same. FCNL has equipped me with the tools to be a lifelong advocate for the world I seek.
—Maiya Zwerling (2013-2015)

Your work is meaningful and challenging. Program assistants work directly with FCNL lobbyists and other senior staff, gaining first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and the organizing and communications work that is necessary for policy change.

FCNL is very, very good at challenging program assistants to develop new skills and take risks while still paying close attention to their strengths and finding ways to capitalize on them.
—Kathy Zager (2011-2013)

The application period will open November 1, 2014. All application materials are due February 15, 2015.

A completed application will include:

  • An application form
  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution from which you hold a degree. (Transcripts may be unofficial. FCNL may ask for an official transcript at a later date.)
  • Resume (including education, work, extracurricular, and volunteer experience)
  • Three references.
  • Three letters of recommendation from your references (not required, but helpful)

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Please let us know if you are interested in applying or if you would like to publicize the program to your students or other group. We are happy to provide flyers, reminders and application materials.

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