At Roosevelt, we believe that basic public goods like education, water, health care, internet, and transportation ought to be freely and equitably accessible for all. We believe that we should have a right to influence key decisions about the provision of these goods—like their prices— through a democratic system. But today, the reality we see is that private, corporate power places profits over people—vastly limiting our access to key public goods, and standing in the way of achieving safe and healthy standards of living for us all. Public institutions that were once at the center of FDR and Eleanor’s drive for racial, gender, and class equity are being downsized and privatized.
The time to build public power is now. Join us in the fight by participating in the Public Goods Spring Incubator!
The Public Goods Spring Incubator is a paid, eight-week opportunity during the beginning of each calendar year (spring semester). It supports groups of Roosevelters (2–5 people) to build and/or strengthen policy campaigns that fight for the public good. Whether you have an existing campaign or simply an idea to tackle an issue in your community, we’re inviting you to apply. Every student in the incubator will receive a stipend for their participation, along with a project budget for campaign-related expenses.
Moreover, applicants who are also interested in Policy Challenges can use the same project for both opportunities—and get a bonus point for their Spring Incubator application! Those applying for both can indicate which challenge they applied for in their Spring Incubator application form.
Each student is expected to reserve 5–7 hours/week to participate in virtual group trainings and work on their project. The incubator structure will be as follows:
- Biweekly trainings (webinar format) focused on building knowledge, on topics including Roosevelt’s Public Goods Framework, issue and root cause identification, advocacy and coalition building, campaign strategy and planning, and other skills
- Biweekly deliverables designed to build practical skills while developing the group’s project or idea
- Biweekly check-ins with dedicated national staff to assist with deliverables and provide individualized support to each group
Who should apply:
- Groups of 2–5
- Undergraduate students who can commit to 5–7 hours/week
- Roosevelters who have formed an idea or are starting work on an existing campaign
- Roosevelters who believe in fighting to defend public goods against untamed corporate power
- Roosevelters from different chapters, who may apply in the same group, but only if working on cross-campus research and advocacy makes more sense than doing it separately for each campus
Selection criteria include the viability of the proposal, evidence of long-term interest, clear plans for the duration of the incubator, and a clear understanding of the Roosevelt Network’s worldview.
People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
What to expect if selected:
- Individualized support from national staff
- Resources and examples to help you with your deliverables
- Skills and “how-to” trainings focused on research, analysis, and coalition building
- Concept trainings designed to build your knowledge on public goods and campaign building
- A developed campaign strategy by the end of the program
Still have questions? Reach out to Fernanda Nogueira or Jade Wilenchik.
Alumni: This opportunity is perfect for alumni who want to work with students but don’t have the capacity to be a mentor. Alumni thought partners work with their students on power-mapping, strategizing, and soundboarding their projects through a couple of phone calls and one workshop. Thought partners are expected to spend approximately 4–5 hours over a three-month period. Interested in getting involved? Click here to let us know!
Applications for this year’s program are now closed. Applications will re-open for the next cohort in January 2020.