Become a Fellow!

“The folks that are gonna be the summer Fellows are gonna have such a crackin’ time filled with litness, learning, and liberation!” – Miko Bagaosian, 2016 Bus Fellow


The Bus Fellowship is an intensive, intentional and transformative experience for young folks who are ready to inspire change alongside their communities. Over the course of ten weeks, Fellows learn from progressive experts from across the state, run the most innovative, effective and fun civic programs in Washington State, and collaborate with community organizations and issue campaigns for hands-on organizing experience.



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10 weeks… paid!

The Bus Fellowship is a ten-week paid political, social justice and community-building program for young people. Fellows spend the summer grassroots organizing, building community and driving progressive change in sunny Seattle. Alumni leave the program with the ability to champion issues they are passionate about, and the skills to make real change in their communities.

Learn from experts

Fellows learn from and with progressive experts from across the state. Community leaders across issues and interest areas (environmental, social justice, music and media) host presentations, workshops and trainings for Fellows. Fellows also learn how to use blogs, social media and videos to engage and inform their peers in creative and innovative ways.

Hands-on democracy

Fellows practice hands-on democracy and implement campaigns. In past years, Fellows have led the largest voter registration drive in Washington State, increased Washington’s youth vote turnout, organized large-scale volunteer events for more equitable voting systems, engaged with thousands of Washingtonians around marriage equality, helped pass a living wage for airport workers, built power for climate justice, and ensured Seattle continues to prioritize affordable housing and services for families at risk of becoming homeless.

Hear from our former Fellows

Get to know some of our Fellowship Alumni as they share their experiences and discuss how the Fellowship prepared them for the work they continue to do within the community. Hear from our former Fellows or find out where the Bus Fellows Alumni are now.

Frequently asked questions


Bus Fellows come from across the country with a diverse range of experiential and cultural backgrounds, but there are some things they all have in common. To be a Bus Fellow, you must:

  • Be between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Have a passion for working in a community and a desire to learn about state and local politics.
  • Have strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse team.
  • Have a good sense of humor and forward-thinking values.

The Washington Bus is a statewide organization that empowers young people to be leaders, both within their own communities and in the broader progressive movement. As a values driven organization, the Washington Bus Fellowship is dedicated to supporting and fostering leadership from underrepresented communities.

We strongly encourage folks from immigrant communities and communities of color, as well as those who identify as women, LGBTQ or working class to apply.


What is the time commitment?


The Washington Bus Fellowship runs from June 15th to August 21st, 2020. Fellows must be able to participate in all ten weeks of the program and are expected to commit at least 20 hours per week, including weekend and evening commitments.


Can I take this class, have a second job, etc. while being a Fellow?

We highly discourage Fellows from having any other major time commitments during the course of the program. Historically, we have found that this affects a Fellow’s ability to participate in the program and bond with their fellow Fellows. All other major time commitments outside of the Fellowship program should be discussed with Fellowship staff prior to the start of the program.


Are Washington Bus Fellows paid?


Fellows receive a stipend of  $3000 for the ten week program. Fellows also receive orca cards and assistance with finding housing if need be. 


What's an average day like for a Washington Bus Fellow?

That really depends on the week. However, on an average weekday, you’ll meet in the classroom at 10am, and spend a couple hours learning from some of the best community leaders and political experts in the state. Afternoons and evenings vary, but you can expect to be busy 3-4 evenings a week, attending music festivals, planning work field events, and engaging volunteers. On the weekends you can expect be out in the community registering folks to vote, canvassing neighbors and dancing with Vote Bot.


When do I apply?


There are two application deadlines this year: The priority deadline is April 1st and the final deadline is April 22nd. Applications submitted online are due at midnight PST on the date of the deadline. Paper applications must be received in our Seattle office by the end of business on the date of the application deadline. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. We receive more applications at each passing deadline and the application process becomes increasingly competitive. Apply here. 


What’s the application process like?


Great question! There are two steps:

  1. The application: This is an online form that you’ll need to submit it all at once. If you don’t have regular access to internet, please let us know and we can provide a paper application. In addition to answering the short essay questions, you’ll also need to provide your work history and the contact information for two references.
  2. Interviews! A committee of staff members and Bus Alumni will read applications and schedule the first interview with applicants who look like a good fit, which will be over the phone to ask some initial questions and give you the chance to learn more about the program. After this, in-person interviews will be scheduled to finish the application process. 


What if I’m not 18-25 or can’t donate 20-30 hours a week to democracy?

Consider applying for a part-time internship here!


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