In Partnership with the Institute of Politics and Public Policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy, the U.S. Campaigns & Elections Academy will provide you with a framework to understand the elements needed for a successful campaign. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at campaigning and explore what it takes to start, manage, and lead a political campaign. Taking advantage of our location in the heart of the nation’s capital, you'll learn from political operatives and industry experts, attend college-level lectures, engage in group discussions, and participate in workshops, simulations, and field trips. You'll also study how campaign narratives are developed and gain tips for building a leadership team to win. At the end of the week, you'll put your newfound knowledge to work in a mock campaign, where you'll create a campaign plan as part of a team.
Learn from political operatives and experts in the field
Participate in a mock campaign
Study the full campaign lifecycle
Gain a deeper understanding of how to start, manage, and lead successful campaigns
Create your own campaign plan for a candidate
Visit political institutions around Washington, D.C.
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the U.S. Campaigns & Elections Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
The American campaign and election process
Strategies and tactics utilized in past campaigns
Communicating in a changing media landscape
Social media and the 21st century campaign
Ethical principles as they relate to the tactics, strategies, and management of a campaign
This program gave me a new perspective on college that I never had up until this point. Georgetown is an amazing school in an amazing city, and this program showed me that.
The program offers so much–from the off-site visits to the daily lectures and the on campus activities. The lectures were interesting, meeting new people was great and the off-site visits were interactive and intriguing.
This is a course that I would definitely recommend as both Georgetown and the professors were very hands-on and provided a great pre-university experience.
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