Campaign Bootcamp Team

August 19-24, 2018


Campaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia

First Years & Transfers: Campaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia, run by the Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at the McCourt School of Public Policy, will give students a behind-the-scenes look at campaigning.  Conducted during the heat of 2018 midterm elections in Virginia – which is shaping up to be one of the most competitive states in the country - students will have the opportunity to learn from political operatives and elected officials and will put their new found knowledge to work on team projects.

GU Politics’ mission is to reconnect young people with the notion that politics is a noble vehicle for public service. In service of that mission, we are giving students a truly unique experience. Over the course of the program, students will learn about the actual mechanics of campaigning from message development and polling to managing volunteers and getting-out-the-vote. Workshop topics will take place on both sides of the Potomac, and students will get a chance to interact with political operatives from both sides of the aisle — while also participating in a simulation that put all your new-found knowledge to work to help your candidate win. And no Campaign Bootcamp is complete without a simulation — so come prepared to help put together a plan that will help your candidate win a 2018 midterm race!


There is no fee for this program. Meals and housing will be provided.


The 2018 Pre-Orientation Application will open on May 1, and applications will be due by June 12. Students will be notified of their application decision by June 28. We encourage students to wait until a decision has been communicated before making final travel arrangements.

Click here to apply!