Pros: fun, energetic, well-organized, relavant, well-funded, supportive, well-managed
Cons: lower pay than other similar orgs, needs more supervision in the field
I worked for the Minneapolis, MN, office of Working America during the 2006 state of Minnesota election season. We canvassed the suburbs and towns surrounding Minneapolis with palm pilots prompting us to gather information from registered voters on topics like the war in Iraq, median union wages, and the candidates up for election in the state of Minnesota.
I learned that I loved being on my feet and having a job that involves physical activity. I learned salesmanship techniques and personal communication methods and techniques to make querying people I had no previous contact with easier. I learned more about the government of Minnesota, the election process, worker's unions, and about events that were shaping the political landscape of Minnesota at that time.
My co-workers and managers were mostly young liberal college students who were enthusiastic about activism and naturally outgoing. We all came to the office happy to see each other and eager to coach each other.
Learning to avoid taking rejection personally from the voters we were querying was difficult. Walking into some of the neighborhoods we were canvassing after dark was difficult as well.
Getting to see some of the great towns in Minnesota, like Stillwater, MN, was wonderful. Talking to the voters who were receptive to our canvassing was great fun as well.