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Gain skills. Build your resume.

In your summer job with Fund for Equality, you will not only make a difference, but you will also get the kind of communication and leadership skills you’ll need for your future career. You’ll learn how to raise money, manage and train your own team, work with the media and lobby elected officials.

Develop and refine communication skills

Communication skills are at the center of any career. Fund for Equality’s training focuses on teaching communication skills beginning on your first day, and runs the gamut from basic public speaking trainings to advanced listening and judgment skills. We specialize in giving our staff the skills and experience they need to talk to anyone, whether they be coworkers or regular citizens, about important issues.

Learn how to:

  • Effectively communicate our message to community members and persuade them to get involved with our work.
  • Hone your public speaking skills.
  • Successfully fundraise.
  • Communicate expectations to new trainees.

Hone leadership skills

For those of you looking for more out of a job, look no further. Leadership opportunities abound in our campaign offices and we provide the trainings you’ll need to succeed. Need to learn principles for teaching others? What about how to set goals, motivate your team and hold them accountable? Find all of that and more in our canvass offices. We run multiple leadership trainings every week and give our field managers and trainers the feedback and confidence they need to excel.

Learn how to:

  • Run skill sessions and trainings for new staff.
  • Provide feedback to new staff in order to improve their skills and performance.
  • Oversee and manage staff in the office and in the field.
  • Recruit new staff to join your campaign.

Unlock opportunities

Any good training experience sets you up to take on more responsibility and leadership in the future. A summer with Fund for Equality is no different. The training you receive in your first summer on the job prepares you to have an even bigger impact when you return for subsequent summers.

In your second summer, you may:

  • Play a bigger leadership role in the office, as a field manager or lead field manager (running meetings, training new field managers).
  • Top staff are invited to run their own campaign office.

“You can educate so many people in even just one week of canvassing. Planting the idea that we’re still fighting for LGBTQ equality when you’re talking to people can have an impact bigger than you know."

— Elisabeth Trenta, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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