Campus Organizer

Every day, powerful people are making decisions that affect our health, our safety and our future. In Civics 101, we're taught these decisions should be based on the public interest: that's how a government of the people, by the people, and for the people is supposed to work. Yet in the real world, on issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends, all too often at the public's expense.

How do you counter those powerful interests? The Student PIRGs are mobilizing America's college students to take action. Our Campus Organizers are headed to 40 college campuses across the country, where they will recruit, train and work alongside thousands of student activists. Together we'll go beyond studying the issues; we'll document the problems, find practical solutions, inform the public and make the case directly to decision-makers. And when powerful special interests stand in the way, we'll mobilize the student body, the local citizens and as many people as it takes to make our voices heard in city halls, state capitols, Congress, the White House or wherever it will make a difference.

When U.S.PIRG Campus Organizers fight for the public, we stand up to some of America's most powerful special interests, from Wall Street to Big Oil, from the Auto Industry to Super PACs. We're the Davids; they're the Goliaths. Yet when we work hard, work smart and work together, we can overcome the most powerful opposition and win concrete results that improve the lives of thousands, sometimes millions, of people.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Recruiting and training volunteers on grassroots tactics, media outreach and more
  • Teaching an internship class on activism skills
  • Building relationships with faculty and administrators
  • Holding events with decision-makers
  • Generating the grassroots support it takes to win campaigns
  • Fundraising and building the organization by canvassing for portions of the year, in addition to running a citizen outreach office in the summer months

Consider these recent U.S. PIRG campus organizers and the great work they have done:

  • At the University of Colorado, Lisa Ritland worked to improve public transportation options. Lisa and student volunteers organized a Spring Break trip across the state to bring attention to the pressing need to expand public transportation to more Coloradoans. At stops along the way, they met with local officials and told the story of their trip to reporters from TV stations and newspapers. Lisa and the students collected news clips from their trip and put them in the hands of officials from the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority. The authority later issued a study to research the expansion of transit to areas of the state in need of better options.
  • At Rutgers University in New Jersey, Sarah Clader and a team of volunteers helped increase student aid for higher education. Sarah and her team built a coalition of student government leaders across the state to write letters asking Sen. Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone to vote for the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. When the bill passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Rutgers student leaders to speak about their efforts to pass the legislation in Washington, D.C.
  • At the University of Oregon in Eugene, Mike Reagan rallied 500 student activists to fight global warming. Working with a team of student leaders, Mike organized the West Coast Powershift, a clean energy conference to educate and mobilize students to action. Mike’s team recruited leaders from the environmental movement to run workshops at the conference. The conference culminated with a high-profile rally in which the students called on Congress to pass clean energy legislation.

Training & Experience


A key part of U.S. PIRG’s mission is to train leaders who are capable of organizing and winning results that improve people’s lives. U.S. PIRG conducts a paid training program beginning in late July. The training includes fieldwork with experienced U.S. PIRG staff and a classroom training of lectures, briefings, discussions and role-plays. At the end of training, each new campus organizer begins to take on significant responsibilities.


Campus organizers also participate in regular regional trainings and conferences, as well as a national staff training in Denver, Colorado.


  • Strong work ethic
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Strong commitment to getting results
  • Passion for making positive social change
  • We value experience with campus groups or student government and academic achievement

Salary & Benefits

Entry level staff make $24,500 over the course of your first year with U.S. PIRG. Salary for experienced candidates is commensurate with relevant professional experience.

U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.  Eligible staff receive paid holidays, sick days, and vacation days; and the opportunity to enroll in our group health care, college loan assistance, and 401(k) programs.  We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Locations & Placement


U.S. PIRG is hiring for positions on campuses all across the country.


We are running campaigns in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, WI


We have immediate openings in CA, IL, MA, NC and NJ


If you are only interested in particular locations, you will be asked to identify those locations during the interview process. If you’re offered a campus organizer position, you are guaranteed placement in one of your specified locations.

Ready to apply?

If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country, consider a job with U.S. PIRG, the federation of state PIRGs.

Open Positions

You can solve real problems that affect the lives of thousands, sometimes millions of people. Find out more about our open positions.