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Hillary Clinton Is Looking For Fellows To Help With Black Outreach

Participants will report to LaDavia Drane, the campaign's African-American outreach director.

Posted on August 23, 2015, at 2:23 p.m. ET

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Hillary Clinton's campaign for president is looking for "highly motivated and energetic professionals" to join a fellowship program designed to help the candidate better facilitate her engagement with black Americans, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

In the memo, LaDavia Drane, the campaign's African-American outreach director, said her department was looking for interested candidates to commit at least 20 hours per week to "engage internally and externally on behalf of the department" and to develop and track outreach projects reporting directly to Drane.

Fellows will also build and manage a database of contacts for the department.

The memo is one of the first outward signals that Drane, who has headed up the campaign's outreach to Black Lives Matter activists over the course of the past several weeks, is building out the infrastructure of a team as it ramps up to build support for Clinton in the early primary states.

"The fellowship will provide a unique opportunity to engage the national African American including Caribbean and Continental African) community while learning valuable skills and making a meaningful contribution during an historic presidential campaign," she wrote.

The opportunity is described as an eight to ten week program, based at the campaign's headquarters in Brooklyn.

Drane's email to supporters did not indicate if the fellowship was paid. A Clinton aide declined to comment.