Apply for the Ammons Fellowship!

Background

Representative Ammons is a second-term legislator who took office in January of 2015, following two hard-fought victories in which she and her team demonstrated their activism, hard-work, and progressive values. She is now putting these principles into effect at the Capitol, working hard to pass legislation that advances civil rights, protects the environment, and supports workers’ rights. The Ammons Fellowship was developed to build up a base of progressive, grassroots-oriented individuals committed to helping people by working in government or running for elected office.

 

This fellowship will provide the opportunity to help develop a number of critical skills:

  • Supervision / Management
  • Leading a team of 5-6 Constituent Services interns
  • Understanding of Government Systems
  • Acting as the liaison for the State Representative, including answering casework correspondence, meeting with constituents, verbal communications with constituents and attending state-sponsored events
  • Problem Solving
  • Handling casework assignments, including data entry and seeing the request through to a reasonable resolution
  • Assessing casework for problems requiring legislative action and determining the appropriate course of action
  • Event Planning
  • Coordinating constituent-oriented events
  • Time Management
  • Ensuring all work is prioritized and completed in a timely manner

 

This position is supervised by the Chief of Staff and requires someone with self-motivation, strong problem-solving skills, as well as a desire to do more than the minimum requirement. As a Fellow, you will be working rather independently, but with ample access to support and training.

 

How It Works

The Ammons Fellowship provides assistance and resources to constituents who contact the district office regarding a variety of issues. This position acts as a liaison to the district and local agencies for the State Representative and constituents, while also answering casework correspondence and verbal communications with constituents. Additionally, this position provides key administrative support to the Chief of Staff.

This position requires business professional dress and is based at the district office, 407 E University Ave, Suite A, Champaign, IL 61820. A stipend of $3,000 for the semester is paid with the potential for a $1,000 cash scholarship.

 

Eligibility

This position best fits students pursuing careers in community health or social services. All majors are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be:

  • Senior or graduate level students
  • In good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or equivalent
  • Available to work a set schedule of 25 hours per week from Monday, August 20, 2018 through Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • The majority of those hours are Monday-Thursday between 10am-5pm but some weeknight and weekend hours as well.

 

How To Apply

Submit your resume to apply@staterepcarolammons.com. Include a statement of no more than 100 words describing what you hope to gain through this fellowship.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have a question, should I call the office?
  •  Will I need references?
    • Yes. If you are offered an initial interview and it goes well, we will request 3 references, 2 of which have to be non-academic.
  • What should I wear to the interview?
    • Business professional.
  • How set is the schedule?
    • Very. The start and end dates are firm and once a weekly workday schedule is established it needs to be fulfilled consistently.
  • I want to work in policy and government in the future. Is this the right fellowship for me?
    • Probably not. There is no policy work in this fellowship and this position is focused exclusively on constituent services. If you want to learn how that side of a government office succeeds, you should certainly apply. The ideal candidate will have an interest in social work, community health, or social service work.