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.
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
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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