Apply to become a 2019 Kairos Fellow

The 2019 Kairos Fellowship is a paid, full-time, eight-month job for emerging leaders. The Kairos Fellowship matches Fellows with Partner organizations where Fellows receive on-the-job training, mentorship, and support throughout the fellowship.

We recommend Partner organizations pay Fellows a salary of $50,000 annually plus benefits, although the salary is negotiated between Fellows and their Partner organization. All Fellows receive the full benefit package their Partner organization provides. Some placements are virtual and others are location-based.

Kairos will match and place up to 18 fellows with national and state organizations where Fellows will work mostly on issue advocacy campaigns. Upon completion of the eight-month program, they may be offered a permanent position with the organization. To date, 80% of Fellows have been offered a permanent position.

If you are a field organizer, union organizer, community leader, or movement builder who wants to lead on digital strategies and campaigns to build power at the local, state, and national level, then this is the program for you!

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26 (we just extended the application deadline from Friday, April 19 to Friday, April 26). The Fellowship will begin September 2019 and end May 2020. You don’t need to upload your résumé in order to apply—just fill out this application.

JOB duties:

  • Proactively identify, develop, contribute, and lead impactful and creative campaign strategies and tactics.

  • Write and create compelling, well-sourced content to organize members and constituents to take action.

  • Learn and utilize a full range of online tools including, but not limited to, email, mobile, online petitions, call alerts, peer-to-peer texting, and social media—as well as new tools as they come into existence.

  • Develop your leadership skills.

  • Participate in the culture and team spirit of the organization you are placed with.


  • Deep ties to communities of color.

  • A movement builder committed for the long term to build winning power for marginalized communities.

  • Strong leadership skills with a willingness to learn from others, as well as follow and support others.

  • Quick thinker, strategic, and imaginative.

  • Problem solving and solution oriented.

  • Self-reflective, ability to receive feedback, self-motivated, disciplined, and rigorous.

  • Preference for candidates with two or more years of field, union, and/or community organizing organizing experience.


Our 8-month intensive curriculum is designed to teach you the Kairos model of online organizing, which is rooted in racial and gender justice. The Fellowship provides:

  • Training on resiliency practices, digital security and design principles, analytics and data management, political education, digital campaign strategy and online organizing, narrative and communication strategy, coding, leadership development, and product development and design.

  • Two to three in-person trainings. One is a bootcamp-style training led by expert campaigners to get you ready for your job placement.

  • Ongoing webinar trainings, speaker series, and exposure to the for-profit and nonprofit technology and online organizing sector through weekly cohort calls.

  • Support from both an experienced supervisor at your placement and a Kairos mentor who is a leader in the field of technology, digital campaigning, or online organizing to actively coach and support you throughout your fellowship.

  • Connection to a wide network of talented campaigners and digital leaders of color.

  • Peer support through the Kairos Fellowship cohort.

Candidates must possess deep ties to communities of color, a passion for social justice, a commitment to disrupting anti-blackness, trans-phobia, and structural violence in all forms, a proven practice of upholding the values of principled struggle, the ability to hold the hard truths and realities of the world we live in while finding joy in what’s possible, and a love for the internet and its vast potential for building power and increasing civic engagement.

The deadline to apply is April 26. Don't wait to apply! We review applications on a rolling basis.

Please note that some of the placements are virtual and others are location-based. We are thrilled about your interest in Kairos and look forward to receiving your application soon.