Apply now to be a Common Defense Organizing Fellow.


Common Defense is thrilled to announce the expansion of our Veterans Organizing Fellowship to more than 10 new states! Fellows will work with Common Defense staff organizers to advocate for voting rights legislation and build a statewide network of veterans. This program is open to all military veterans who want to develop their skills as progressive leaders and grassroots organizers. APPLY HERE!

We are looking for fellows in the following states: New Hampshire, Georgia, Montana, Maine, Delaware, Virginia, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Florida

Hours & Compensation

Accepted fellows will be expected to attend training and group meetings, and will work 10-20 hours per week acting as spokespeople, conducting outreach to fellow progressive veterans, and leading lobbying efforts and other political actions. Fellows will be compensated $20/hr for all work hours, including for time attending training.


Who We Are

Common Defense is the nation’s largest grassroots organization of progressive veterans, military family members, and civilian supporters. We bring together former service members to stand up for our communities against the rising tide of racism, hate, and violence, to organize against the entrenched power of greedy billionaires who have rigged our economy, and to champion an equitable and representative democracy, where “liberty and justice” truly is for all. 

What We Do

  • Advocate for progressive legislation at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Train veterans to become effective leaders, organizers, and spokespeople.
  • Mobilize our 250,000 members to support candidates who share our values.


Reporting to a Lead Organizer or National Campaigns Manager and working closely with the full national staff team, Organizing Fellows will build and strengthen Common Defense by growing and developing our grassroots membership, and implementing strategic campaigns to win meaningful change.

Veteran Organizing Fellow  – Primary Responsibilities:

  • Attend trainings and skills workshops on topics like Organizing 1-1’s, Narrative Strategy, and Campaign Planning. Fellows will also develop proficiency on platforms including EveryAction, Hustle, Slack, and Google Drive.
  • Under the guidance and supervision of the Lead Organizer, implement advocacy campaigns.
  • Conduct outreach and recruitment by connecting with progressive veterans through phone banking, peer-to-peer texting, and direct in-person contact (depending on local COVID-19 conditions and safety guidance).
  • Build and maintain organizing lists and databases.
  • Build organizing committees and other volunteer-led groups, and recruit members into these roles.
  • Work with local ally organizations to build powerful coalitions, and support the work of aligned groups. 
  • Develop organizing materials including talking points, toolkits, and fact sheets.
  • Train volunteers to use Hustle and EveryAction for text/phone-banks.
  • Support strategic communications including narrative strategy development, press work (gathering quotes, editing press releases), social media work, and by acting as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in relevant issue areas (for example, HR-1).
  • Build relationships with aligned organizations and movements and find opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
  • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole.

Note: this fellowship may require in-state travel and evening/weekend work. 

Who We Are Looking For 

  • Veterans, military family members, or civilian supporters who share our progressive values and are committed to people-powered change.
  • Fluency in US military and veteran culture.
  • The ability to work with, inspire, and develop volunteers, as well as build and sustain durable relationships with a wide variety of allies and stakeholders.
  • Strong time management and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and drive projects forward independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate well under pressure and while working remotely.


Common Defense is an equal opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to welcoming, supporting, investing in, and empowering a workforce that reflects the full diversity of the military community we serve. We strongly seek and encourage candidates who are military veterans, women, LGBTQIA+, Native, People of Color, immigrants, and people with disabilities to apply. 

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