A new course that teaches students how to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest to promote their political message is giving students a rare chance to get paid.
The course, called Political Marketing, is offered at the University of Michigan.
It is the first of its kind and the first course in the nation to have a professor at the university.
The course was created by University of Detroit Mercy professor Jennifer Schlosser and her husband, Jeff Schlossers, a political consultant who is a former vice president of operations for the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, the American Conservative Union’s conservative lobbying arm.
The Schlosserts started the course in 2014 with the goal of getting college students to understand the importance of political speech, Schloss, who is also a teacher at the school, said in a statement.
“The message is clear: Our government is beholden to a corrupting ideology that is at odds with the will of the people, and it is our job to speak out and educate the American people about it,” she said.
“As our students begin to understand that the political process is more about power than money, the power to speak, to stand up for what you believe in, and to make sure the public knows who they vote for, the message is getting louder.”
The course also offers a more general overview of the state of politics and the challenges facing voters, including the rise of a new form of online voter suppression called “fraud.”
Schlosser has taught the course for several years.
The Schlosses started the initiative after they saw the need for more educational resources and training for students.
Schlossers husband, a former Vice President of Operations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a member of ALEC’s state policy board.
Schlosers said the course has helped students understand the ways they can help the public understand what’s at stake in this election, but she emphasized the importance to take action before it’s too late.
“I know it is a difficult time for students who are going to be voting for the first time, but you need to be able to do something about it, so you can help your fellow citizens in a positive way,” Schlosers told NBC News.
Schlessels and Jeff Schlosinger are also a board member of Americans United for Change, an organization that is campaigning against voter suppression.
“We know from our experience as members of the ALEC state policy committee, it’s easy to get caught up in the election,” Schlossy said.
“But this course will help you recognize the power of talking with your fellow voters, and you’ll be able, once you learn about it and have a sense of how to talk to them, to go forward and make an impact in this important election.”
Schloser said the Schlosservices decided to take the course after the group received more than 1,000 complaints from students and their families who were frustrated by the lack of information and information about the election.
“A lot of them were frustrated because they wanted to know more about who is supporting whom, when they were going to vote,” Schlessel said.
The students also found that the courses approach to political content was helpful, she said, as they could learn about the topics that are most important to them and learn about how to build a campaign, build grassroots organizations and help elect progressive candidates.
“This is really important because people don’t really know how to think about the issues and they don’t know how their candidates and their government works,” Schinssel said in an interview with NBC News from her home in Michigan.
“They don’t have the information they need to understand how their government is functioning and what their representatives do.”
Scholarships and other forms of financial support are available to students who complete the course.
For more information, contact Jennifer Schlosberg at [email protected]