We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013 interfaith Community Organizing Residency. New information about how to apply for the 2014 cohort will be added to this page soon. The 2014 cohort will run from spring to fall.
Which application path is right for me?
Path A is for organizations seeking to hire organizers. Path A organizations have access to Bend the Arc’s pool of candidates and a vast recruitment network of more than 250 scouts and promoters in diverse faith, organizing and academic institutions. Path B is for individuals currently working in congregations, unions, or community groups who are seeking leadership training, mentorship, an opportunity to explore other faith traditions and a cohort of peers.
Placements for the 2012-2013 cohort were in one of six regions: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Twin Cities, or Washington D.C. Updated information on placement cities for the 2014 cohort will be added to this page soon.
(Paths A and B)
Interest in pursuing or advancing a career in community organizing. COR is designed to move people into a full-time career in organizing. It is not structured as an internship, fellowship, or transitional experience.
Commitment to work as a community organizer for at least two years following the residency.
Active engagement with one’s own faith tradition and an interest in learning more about the faith traditions of others. People of all religions are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Strong writing skills and an ability to think analytically. There will be a significant amount of reflection, writing, and personal investment required of all participants.
Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
Ideally, a minimum of three years’ work experience.
Fluency in English is required. Fluency in an additional language is a plus.
(Path B only)
Applicants are required to be employed, currently or by the start of the residency, full- or part-time by a congregation, union, or community group, with a minimum of 15 hours of their time each week dedicated to community organizing.
Able to secure an experienced community organizer within or outside of your organization to be a mentor. Mentors must meet with residents for at least 4 hours each month. In some cases, COR staff can help identify a mentor upon request.