Activist in Residence Program


Program Overview:  Since our founding in 1976, Quixote Center has served as a training center for young activists of vision, energy, and talent. Many of our former team members have gone on to do amazing things and to found their own organizations or spin-off their work at the Center into independent projects. The Activist in Residence (AIR) program celebrates this tradition by offering an intensive experience for emerging social justice leaders interested in carrying out innovative work in summer 2019.

We will invite one successful applicant to be our inaugural Activist in Residence this summer. Over three months, the selected activist will dedicate half their full-time work to the project of their choosing and half their time to learning the nuts and bolts of how non-profits and organizing work. A wide range of project types will be considered, and projects can address any social or structural injustice. Because this is a residency, you should be able to work on some aspect of the project from the Center in College Park, Maryland. 

Program Duration: June – September 2019 (with some flexibility on dates)

Activities: The AIR participant will manage their personal project based on their proposal but responsive to mentoring and conversation with other team members. The activist also be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Quixote Center and its programs. The AIR participant will be expected to work full-time, primarily at the Center’s main office on a Monday-Friday schedule, and participate in weekly staff meetings and other work of the Center.

Who should apply? The successful applicant will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated concern for social justice issues;
  • Able to commit to a 3-month residency period, during which you will work in our office in College Park, MD.
  • Can clearly articulate a project that can be carried out over the term of the residency.

The AIR program is intended for individuals starting out in the social justice field rather than established professionals.

Compensation: The Activist in Residence will receive a monthly stipend of $3,750 and manage a project budget of up to $3,000 for expenses to be used over the whole period.

How to Apply: Applications are due by March 31, 2019. Send your completed application by email as indicated in the application. A completed application must contain:

  • AIR Program Application Form
  • Current Resume
  • Project Proposal
  • Project Budget

While we appreciate and encourage big dreams, consideration will be given as to whether the specific project can reasonably be carried out over the term of the residency, so care should be taken to focus in on a manageable project at about 20 hours per week for 12 weeks. Remaining time will be spent learning by helping with other projects of the Center. Types of projects that might work well would include certain art projects, a research paper, or planning a one-time event.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. A select pool of applicants will be invited to a brief interview by phone or videoconference. Final decisions will be made by April 30, 2019.  

The full application packet is available in PDF and Word formats as well as a sample proposal

Contact Us

  • Quixote Center
    7307 Baltimore Ave.
    Ste 214
    College Park, MD 20740
  • Office: 301-699-0042

Direction to office:

For driving: From Baltimore Ave (Route 1) towards University of Maryland, turn right onto Hartwick Rd. Turn immediate right in the office complex.

Look for building 7307. We are located on the 2nd floor.

For public transportation: We are located near the College Park metro station (green line)