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College Credit for Pushing Obama's Agenda

5:58 PM, Aug 17, 2009 • By C.J. CIARAMELLA
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I received an email at my University of Oregon account today informing me that there are "intern opportunities with Organizing for America," formerly Obama for America. According to the email, OFA is launching what it calls the "National Organizing Internship" for college students around the country. From the email:

Organizing Interns work side by side with OFA staff and community leaders to help build support for President Obama's agenda. They will learn core organizing principles that are crucial for any campaign.

President Obama describes his time as a community organizer by saying: "It was the best education I ever had, because I learned in those neighborhoods that when ordinary people come together, they can achieve extraordinary things."

This is your chance to get that same education.

If you're passionate about making sure every American has quality health care, reviving our economy, and building a clean energy future, don't miss this great opportunity. No previous experience is needed in order to apply.

Yes, you, too, can learn how to walk door-to-door and hand people flyers! You will also learn core phone-banking principles and how the OFA staff prefers their coffee. And yes, students are eligible to receive college credit for pushing the president's agenda, provided they set it up with their school. Become a cog in the great hope machine today! Just don't call it astroturfing!