Frequently Asked Questions

We think this is the best summer job you could have. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Take it from the people who've been there.

What's the best part about working for the Fund?

  • “Meeting my co-workers and getting to know them over the course of my time with the Fund was definitely the biggest highlight of the job. Working with such nice and passionate people helped me to become even more passionate about the campaign, and about life! Creating memories with my co-workers was the best, from pizza night to photo petitions to training, it was all worth it.”
    - Trystan Colburn, University of California, Irvine

  • “The people I met was definitely the best part of my summer canvass experience. I would not trade the friends I have made for anything, and know that the most lasting impact of my summer canvass experience will be the people I met.”
    - Cynfor Lu, Lawrence University

  • "The best part of my summer experience was seeing the amount of staff that I trained and then went on to taking on more in the office to help us win the campaign."
    - Anthony Linares, Central Michigan University


What skills will I learn while working for the Fund?

  • "Through my summer canvass experience, I learned how to communicate effectively and persuasively about issues I care about, both with individuals and in front of a group. I didn't just get better at public speaking, I became a better version of myself. I was once more shy and unassuming, but now I am a fierce and unwavering advocate for myself and my beliefs."
    - Olenka Tytla, Boston University

  • “The most important skill I have built during the summer canvass was working with a team. I was a teacher before this job and I was great at my job as long as I was working alone, but having to collaborate with a team of capable activists that all have important and valuable skills to offer in the pursuit of our goal is something that I had to develop. Working the summer canvass helped me do so.”
    - Enrique Ipina, University of California Santa Cruz

  • "I helped plan a press conference! I worked with a few other volunteers to invite media, make signs, and ensure people showed up prepared to the event. The press event focused on urging McDonald's to stop sourcing meat raised on routine antibiotics - and we were featured in a local newspaper."
    - Ella Eldon, University of Colorado - Boulder

  • "The power of grassroots organizing is an important skill I learned, especially when it comes to big corporations. A lot of people are cynical about the power of the people but the victories we saw with fast food chains and the antibiotics campaigns were won, in part, by talking to people door-to-door. It is important to remember those individual conversations really create change in this country."
    - Paloma Paez-Coombe, Haverford College


Will this job help build my resume?

  • "The most valuable things that I have taken from this office are the resume material, and the professional and leadership experience I was able to develop. Each of these means very much to me as they will be extremely relevant moving forward with my career."
    - Zakkary Tush, University of New Mexico

  • “I gained so much leadership training in my first summer that I was able to direct my own campaign office the following summer.”
    - Zach Boisvert, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • “This was my first time doing political advocacy work, and it opened a whole new world for me. It lit a fire in me and led me to continue doing political work after the summer. I now have a priceless set of skills in fundraising and political advocacy.”
    - Christopher Cayer, University of Maine


How much money will I make?

Canvassers generally earn about $500 to $650 each week. Field managers earn about an additional $50 to $100 each week. Learn more about the positions available here.


What's the training like?

"My training experience was great. You start by shadowing someone with more experience in the field and get to see how things are done first hand, and then you get to learn more and more as you are there. It may feel a bit overwhelming at first but the trainers understand that and walk you through everything."
- Michael McCammond, Duke University

“The training program gives you a set of skills on how to be an active communicator and talk to people to get them motivated to take action on important issues. The Fund sets you up for success with daily trainings, periodic check-ins and regular progress updates.”
- Emma Brower, University of Oregon
Field Manager in Eugene and Portland PIRG offices

“With the Fund I learned how to better communicate with others on things I am passionate about. The culture of the Fund promotes personal development and pride in skills like fundraising and building support, and I’m proud of the really hard work I did for the greater good.”
- Matthew Fried, Georgetown University


Is canvassing hard?

"I fell in love with canvassing; Environment Texas gave me opportunities to improve at a set of skills to use in the job, in my daily life, interviews, classes, and much more. My favorite part of working with the Fund was learning how grassroots efforts play into the bigger picture of making real change."
- Madalaine Mayes, Austin College

“Yes, 100 percent, but that's the case with everything worth doing. If this work is going to make a real difference, it has to be difficult. The opposition is working very hard to overcome the power of the people. It is worth putting in the work to fight back against corporations and special interests. It makes the fight worth fighting.”
- Zeke Sandoval, University of Southern California

“I am taking away the utter importance of canvassing because it is an effective and necessary tool for educating the uninformed masses and getting them involved in the political process to make their voices heard.”
- Steven Marquardt, University of California, Santa Barbara


What kind of an impact will I make?

    "By the end of summer, I myself had spoken to 1,500 people in Virginia and Washington, D.C. about the Clean Water Act, and that’s something I’m really proud of.”
    - Matthew Fried, Georgetown University

  • "I love the fact that I got to work with people from all over, all working together toward the same goal. I now have a greater understanding of the impact of grassroots organizing."
    - Sullivan Marsters, Puget Sound University


Where are the offices located?

The Fund runs campaign offices in more than 40 cities across the country. You can find the full list of locations by filling out the application and choosing the office where you are interested in working this summer.

“My favorite thing is feeling like I am making a little bit of a difference every day. My second favorite thing is the people I have met and the friendships I have made. I still keep in touch with people I worked with my first summer. This is a job where the more you put in, the more you get out of it.”

— Allie Cibula, University of Redlands

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