How to Apply for Bend the Arc's Interfaith Community Organizing Residency

The 2014 Community Organizing Residency will begin April 30, 2014 and end October 22, 2014.

We are currently accepting applications for Path B on a rolling basis through April 1, 2014.

For questions, please email

Which application path is right for me?

Path A is for individuals seeking a full-time six-month placement in a top-tier community organizing group, who are also seeking to explore faith traditions and make community organizing their profession. 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.

Path A placements for the 2014 cohort are in one of five regions: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Twin Cities.

Applicant criteria

(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.

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