Campaign Bootcamp: Battleground Virginia

August 20-25, 2017


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 one of the first gubernatorial campaigns after the 2016 Presidential election, students will have the opportunity to learn from political operatives and elected officials and will put their newfound knowledge to work on team projects. As this is only our 2nd pre-orientation program, students who participate will also have the opportunity to help shape what Campaign Bootcamp will look like in the future.

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 Virginia’s gubernatorial race!


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


The 2017 Pre-Orientation Application is now CLOSED, and applications are currently being reviewed. 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.