Campus Fellows

“Being a fellow has been my most valuable job yet. I became way more experienced with creating and sustaining self-guided work, leading presentations, discussions, and tabling efforts…Overall, this experience taught me a lot about advocacy work, non-partisan work, a healthy and happy work environment, time-management, and of course the severity of many different environmental issues in NC and beyond.”
– Campus Fellow Alumnus

The Campus Fellows program hires college students on North Carolina campuses to organize in their communities and educate their peers about voting in our state’s elections. This program enables NC Conservation Network to increase our organizing capacity across North Carolina, engage young people in timely issue campaigns, and create a pathway for future leaders in the environmental movement. Each fellow works 6-10 hours per week during the school semester and receives a stipend of $150 per week.

The Campus Fellows program started in January 2022 with four students at four different universities. We’ve had fellows on eleven different campuses, with more than one fellow at several locations, including: UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State, UNC-Greensboro, NC A&T, UNC, NC Central, NC State, ECU, Fayetteville State, Western Carolina, and UNC Charlotte.

Each Campus Fellow works with our organizers to conduct outreach on their campus around major issue campaigns. Our fellows have focused on stopping forever chemical (PFAS) pollution, promoting environmental justice, and opposing Duke Energy rate hikes and production of new, dirty energy generation. In addition, our fellows pivot to non-partisan Get-Out-the-Vote work around elections in the state, with particular focus on informing students about where and when to vote early. The Campus Fellows’ actions include planning events, speaking to classes, tabling on campus, and finding ways to collaborate with local allies and volunteers.

In four semesters of the program, our Campus Fellows have:

  1. Collected over 16,100 petition signatures on campaigns such as environmental justice, forever chemicals, and energy policy,
  2. Worked with more than 100 different community and campus organizations,
  3. Hosted or attended over 400 events and speaking engagements,
  4. Engaged students about voting with peer texting and non-partisan voter guides.

One major goal of the Campus Fellows Program is preparing students to continue their advocacy work after graduation. Alumni of the program are continuing important work within their communities—some former fellows hold positions such as Regulatory Analyst at the NC Dept. of Environmental Quality, Vegan Program Coordinator at the Food Empowerment Project, Forestry Communications Specialist at the National Wildlife Federation, and Organizing Fellow here at NCCN. Check out this page that highlights some of our program graduates and their accomplishments.

As the program continues to grow, fellows will engage their peers on critical environmental issues in North Carolina. In the fall of 2024, fellows will conduct our largest ever Get-Out-the-Vote effort as the program continues to increase in scope and impact. NCCN has hired alumni of the Fellows Program who are helping us organize across the state and lead a new batch of Campus Fellows.

Interested in applying or know a student who might be interested in becoming a Campus Fellow? ONLINE APPLICATION

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