Legislative Fellow (Paid) - Washington, D.C.
Candidate Profile: If you care about amplifying the voices of Muslim-Americans in politics and are committed to impacting change in social, racial, and economic justice through legislative advocacy, we want you! As a Legislative Fellow, you will be instrumental in creating the infrastructure and policy for the nation's premiere Muslim-American legislative advocacy organization. We're looking for someone who is passionate and informed about civil rights, Islamophobia, and government.
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Fellowship Dates: 9-12 months
- Prepare Poligon’s weekly legislative update, Hill Happenings, which highlights important legislation and issues of interest from Capitol Hill to the Muslim community
- Prepare educational guides on Congressional advocacy, policy briefs, and action alerts
- Attend and engage in weekly coalition meetings and calls
- Meet with legislators and their staff on policy issues, bills, and resolutions of concern to Muslims and their allies
- Attend and plan DC policy and advocacy events
- Assist with Poligon’s signature Congressional advocacy trainings
- Create and schedule social media content to ensure coverage of news in Congress, meetings, and advocacy events
- Bachelor's degree in relevant field
- Strong understanding of legislative process with experience lobbying at the state or federal level
- Knowledge of political landscape and social justice issues, particularly as they pertain to Congress, advocacy, Islamophobia, poverty, civil rights, and racial justice
- Solid understanding of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
- Familiarity with Mail Chimp (preferred)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Self-driven requiring little supervision
Pay + Hours: This position can be full or part time, with some weekends/after hours required. A stipend will be provided, depending on qualifications and budget availability. Fellows are also encouraged to secure their own outside funding.
Please email ------------ - submit a cover letter, resume, and list of two references as a single PDF.
More About Poligon:
Poligon Education Fund (Poligon) is a national, non-profit organization that launched in January 2017 to increase American Muslim participation on Capitol Hill.
During this time, anti-Muslim sentiment in the public and private spheres had reached its highest levels since 9/11. Children were being bullied in schools by both teachers and peers, men and women perceived to be Muslim faced daily public harassment, and anti-shariah legislation, passed and pending in states around the country, threatened to eliminate fundamental rights of Muslims to pray, fast, and give charity as prescribed by their faith. To make matters worse, after a contentious Presidential election that vilifed Islam and Muslims, President Trump issued travel ban barring Muslims from entering the U.S.
It is no coincidence that U.S. public opinion of Muslims and Islam is at an all time low when our community is also the least likely faith group to be politically engaged. A 2019 ISPU study commissioned by Poligon and other Muslim civic engagement groups showed that only 17% of American Muslims had contacted their Members of Congress in the last year. This lack of participation in Congressional engagement, along with national faith-based peace and justice coalitions, creates missed opportunities that not only affect our community, but also impede pluralism and limit our individual and collective power.
Poligon is guided by values of peace, justice, and pluralism, and seeks to amplify Muslim American voices in Congress through training, research, and education. At the same time, we educate policymakers and make meaningful progress on issues of concern to Muslims and other marginalized communities such as civil rights, Islamophobia, and social, racial, and economic justice.
In doing so, we aim to help shape an America where all people, regardless of background, are treated with justice and dignity and can live together in peace and security.
Legislative Advocacy, Social Justice, Communications, Writing, Politics, Congress