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Campaigns comprise the strategies candidates and their campaign teams use in their attempts to win public office. The U.S. Campaigns & Elections Institute will provide you a framework to understand the elements needed for a successful campaign. You'll gain a behind-the-scenes look at campaigning and explore what it takes to start, manage and lead a successful political campaign. Taking advantage of our location in the heart of the nation’s capital, you'll learn from political operatives and elected officials, attend college-level lectures, engage in small group discussions, and participate in debates, simulations, and field trips. You will explore how campaigns are managed, study how campaign narratives are developed, and gain tips for building a leadership team to win. You will put newfound knowledge to work in a mock campaign crafting a campaign plan as part of a team.

Estimated Tuition:


Includes tuition, housing, and meals

How You'll Benefit

  • Learn from political operatives and elected officials
  • Participate in a mock campaign
  • Study the full campaign lifecycle
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to start, manage, and lead successful campaigns
  • Visit political institutions around Washington, D.C.

Program Format & Subject Areas

As a student in the U.S. Campaigns & Elections Institute, 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
  • Campaign management
  • 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

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