Become a TIRRC Democracy Fellow

Over the last decade, the rate of growth in Tennessee’s foreign-born population has been the third fastest in the country. For years, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) has worked with aspiring citizens across the state to develop a unified public voice, protect fundamental American freedoms and human rights, and foster an atmosphere in which all community members are recognized for their positive contributions.

As part of our efforts to promote the civic engagement and inclusion of immigrant communities, we help eligible immigrants apply for naturalization and become engaged citizens. There are more than 105,000 naturalized citizens in Tennessee who are currently eligible to vote, and more than 74,000 Legal Permanent Residents who could apply for naturalization and become voting citizens today. In our ten year history we have registered more than 6,500 new immigrant voters and work to contact and motivate immigrant voters to go to the polls each election year.

This year, we are announcing a new program, the TIRRC Democracy Fellows program, a fellowship program for emerging civic leaders interested in learning about social justice and electoral/political work, receiving quality training, and contributing to the participation of Tennessee’s foreign-born citizens in the civic process.

The fellowship runs from July 5th through August 4th 4th in Nashville, in which time fellows can sign up for 6 or more shifts (each shift lasts about 3 hours). Participants will receive training in the skills of community organizing, non-partisan voter registration and "Get Out The Vote" (GOTV) efforts from staff and national partners. Fellows will be trained and supervised by a TIRRC staff member for the duration of the fellowship. This is a paid fellowship.

Fellows will work to develop a voter registration strategy and carry out a campaign focusing on new citizens in immigrant communities. In the weeks leading up to November 8th election, fellows will conduct GOTV activities in Davidson County neighborhoods. All work will be non-partisan (not supporting a particular candidate or party), and will be carried under non-profit 501(C)(3) guidelines. 


We are looking for applicants who are willing to work hard and are passionate about social justice and democratic participation. Previous experience is not required, but we anticipate that successful candidates will have been active in their communities on issues that matter to them. Knowledge of and relationships in immigrant communities is a plus! Fellows must be available to work evenings and weekends. Fellows are strongly encouraged to have full-time use of a car, but it is not mandatory.

Bilingual applicants are especially encouraged to apply. 

Apply to become a Democracy Fellow Today!

Please fill out the questions to the best of your ability. For questions regarding the application process, please email Pratik Dash at