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Blue State Fellowship Program

Join the next generation of Blue Staters

At Blue State, we believe in the power of people — and our Fellowship program is made for passionate, curious, creative people who aren’t afraid of a challenge. It’s made to define the first phase of your career — or guide you into the next one.

Our fellows join us for a minimum of six months, are paid a living wage, and are immersed in values-driven work while they’re here. They collaborate with colleagues and contribute on teams that serve leading causes, companies, and campaigns. Blue State fellows come to the office every day ready to drive real change.

Between the wide variety of projects, hands-on exposure and overall trust and support from the team, I can’t imagine having started my career anywhere else.

Gabbi Espinoza, Analytics
Paige Williams, Assoc. Analyst, making good trouble at the Hampton University career fair.
Our Oakland team bonding over lunch!

Program Highlights

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You’ll gain expertise in a primary focus area, while skilling up in a secondary discipline. That means designers may be exposed to user experience, analysts may apply their data smarts to craft campaign strategies, and writers may contribute to paid media advertising — whatever your mix, you’ll be immersed in every aspect of our work, brand, and culture.

Here to Help

You’ll be paired with a dedicated mentor to support and guide you along the way — someone who will make sure you get the hands-on experience you deserve. While here, you’ll do substantive work on real client projects, build relationships with colleagues, and function as integral members of the team.

Take Us For a Test Drive

As a Blue State fellow, you’ll get the tools, skills and experiences that will help you thrive at Blue State, or wherever you go next — whether that’s on a campaign trail, at an advocacy organization, or behind any cause that shares our progressive ethos.

At Blue State diversity is a necessity, not a nice-to-have. We encourage those from underrepresented communities — women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, indigenous folks, those with disabilities and people at all the intersections in between — to apply for this fellowship. Even if you don’t feel like your current skill set checks every box, if you’re committed to learning and doing work that matters we want to hear from you.

Every day, I participated in hands-on client work. By the time I transitioned into a full-time Associate, it felt like the only thing that changed was my title.

Ethan Mellin, Paid Media


How do I apply?

We’re glad you asked! Head to the Careers page to find out about open roles and what to include in your application. Because the Fellowship follows a rolling timeline, we suggest you get your application in as soon as possible.

What can I expect in the application process?

1. You will be asked to submit your resumè/CV and depending on the role, some supplemental materials (eg: portfolio, personal statement).

2. Blue State’s Talent team reviews each application that comes through.

3. Whether you are a match for the role or not, someone from our talent team will reach out to you and let you know next steps!

Is the program open to current students?

The Fellowship program is designed for entry-level candidates — including college graduates, career changers, or those on less conventional paths — who will be available for 40 hours/week for the duration of the program, and on a full time basis once the six months are up.

Though we are not seeking applications from current students at this time, we are grateful for your interest and encourage you to apply when you become eligible. In the meantime, continue to build your skills, and keep up with us by following our social channels and subscribing to our newsletter!

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View our open Fellowship positions

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