The Washington Urban Debate League (WUDL) is a local non-profit that supports debate programs at public schools in the greater D.C. area.
We know from extensive research that debate is one of the best things a student can do with their time, but it isn't often available to students in public schools and under-resourced communities. The WUDL fills the gap, starting new debate programs, writing curriculum, hosting tournaments, sponsoring travel, and removing the barriers to entry for students across the region.
The WUDL has grown by leaps and bounds, and we are looking to expand our staff to keep up. We're looking to expand our team to serve more students and more schools across the metro area, and to have the resources necessary to continue our transformational mission in a sustainable way.
DC International's Paola Almendarez speaks at the 5th Annual Ornstein Summer Debate Institute
Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and professional writing sample to
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Washington Urban Debate League supports fellows three cycles a year both the programmatic and business sides of the organization. These folks are paid a small stipend and will have different roles based on their interests and skills. Applications are taken on a rolling basis, and should generally be received a month in advance of their start date.
Programming: Focused on direct instruction of debate to our students, curriculum development, and other related tasks, this person will work with our Director and will report to Program Coordinator Dara Davis. Strong candidates will have a background as a former competitor or debate coach, an interest working with students, and (when there isn't a pandemic) flexibility to travel around the city as needed to visit different programs.
Development: Focused on expanding the operations, communications, and fundraising aspects of the WUDL, this position is a great opportunity for a college student studying non-profit management, communications, or fundraising looking for some hands-on experience working in a small, fast-paced organization. As a small org, you'll have substantive work on Day 1.
Fall: Mid-August - December