SNAP PAC was founded in 2005 with a mission to diversify progressive campaigns by investing in underrepresented talent.

There’s a huge problem on political campaigns: while many candidates talk about racial inequality and economic injustice, their staff do not reflect those values.

Young people struggle to join campaigns because it can be hard to take an unpaid internship. Many students are paying loans, handling the burden of medical or family expenses, or simply can’t afford to skip a paid opportunity elsewhere.

To address this institutional barrier, SNAP PAC provides a stipend for students from colleges and universities across the country to work on a congressional campaign for twelve weeks over the summer.

Our fellows work as Field Organizers — not interns — and are given substantial and meaningful work. They are also guaranteed housing, training, and support from political professionals.

How It Works

1. Application

SNAP sends a fellowship application to thousands of professors, career counselors, and academic advisors at public colleges and universities across the country.

SNAP sends a fellowship application to thousands of professors, career counselors, and academic advisors at public colleges and universities across the country.

2. Fellow selection

We sift through an incredibly competitive pool of applications to find students who, with SNAP’s support, have the potential to become the next generation of progressive leaders.

We sift through an incredibly competitive pool of applications to find students who, with SNAP’s support, have the potential to become the next generation of progressive leaders.

3. Matching fellows to campaigns

We pair each fellow with the congressional campaign of a candidate who understands SNAP’s mission and wants to give our fellows the best experience possible. Fellows travel to campaigns in groups of 2-4 and are provided with free supporter housing.

We pair each fellow with the congressional campaign of a candidate who understands SNAP’s mission and wants to give our fellows the best experience possible. Fellows travel to campaigns in groups of 2-4 and are provided with free supporter housing.

4. Fellows work as paid staff

SNAP fellows spend 10-12 weeks as paid Field Organizers — managing volunteers, crafting campaign strategy, and more — and work closely with campaign staff to elect a progressive to Congress.

SNAP fellows spend 10-12 weeks as paid Field Organizers — managing volunteers, crafting campaign strategy, and more — and work closely with campaign staff to elect a progressive to Congress.

Our Impact

Our fellows put in thousands of hours helping elect their candidates throughout the election, but they also help reshape politics for generations to come. They will often get hired by the campaign to finish their efforts in November, and remain in the progressive movement for the rest of their careers. Using the skills, knowledge, and connections they gained, our SNAP fellows become full-time organizers, work in public policy, or even run their own campaigns. While the SNAP PAC Fellowship may only last for a summer, our fellows use their experience for the rest of their lives.

SNAP PAC @ Yale

  • Class of 2019
  • Franklin Eccher
  • John Kauffman
  • Sandy Pecht
  • Daniel Vernick
  • Class of 2020
  • Neil Goodman
  • Joyce Ho
  • Justin Jin
  • Jacob Malinowski
  • Michael Michaelson
  • Eli Metzner
  • Christina Pao
  • Jason Paz
  • Class of 2021
  • Jason Arroyo
  • Brienna Carter
  • Lena Chan
  • Lucas Ferrer
  • Heather Foster
  • Alexia Godron
  • Vivek Gopalan
  • Stephanie Horsfall
  • CJ Irsfeld
  • Angela Xiao
  • Emily Xu
  • Class of 2022
  • Alejandro Ortega
  • Andrew Sorota
  • Chloe Adda
  • Danny Kaplowitz
  • David Zheng
  • Emmett Shell
  • Isaac Wilks
  • Kyle Mayer
  • Logan Roberts
  • Michael Martinez
  • Miriam Huerta
  • Nareen Barwari
  • Numi Katz