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. Through our Academy, you'll explore what it takes to start, manage, and lead a political campaign. 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 realistic campaign plan as part of a team.
Price includes tuition, housing, and meals. Commuter Student tuition is $2,625.
How You'll Benefit
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
Receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the U.S. Campaigns & Elections Academy, you'll spend your day in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, activities, and group discussions. Throughout 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
All in all, I fell in love with the program. I got to meet so many amazing people not only from the D.C. area but all around the country.
Having the chance to experience once in a lifetime opportunities and getting to meet people from around the world made it so I got to really experience what college life was like.
My #SummerHoya experience was enriching, inspiring, and rewarding; if I could turn back the clock, I’d do it all over again.
It was amazing to be surrounded by such high caliber students and staff who were all encouraging and fabulous to work with. I took away many positive things from my week as a Summer Hoya.
As I am filling out my college applications, I am able to think back to my memories from the summer and I am reassured that I am pursuing the right educational path.
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.
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