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Running for Office: How to Run a Campaign Workshop Series Spring 2024

Learn more about the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics

This semester-long program will equip 10-12 undergraduate and graduate students with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience to work on an election campaign at any level or run for elected office. This program will be on campus and run from January to April with a total of one virtual session and four in-person sessions. The first session will be a virtual orientation and the final session will include a graduation celebration. These workshops will be facilitated by political consultants from The Davis System, LLC who have experience working with local, statewide, and national political and advocacy campaigns. Most sessions will also feature guest speakers including current elected officials and experienced campaign staff. Interested students will have the opportunity to secure jobs or internships with campaigns over the summer. Students who complete this series will earn a $250 stipend.


Topics Include:

  • Staff Roles

  • Policy Positions

  • Campaign Strategies

  • Fundraising / Budgeting

  • Grassroots Organizing

  • Messaging and Communications


4-5 pm, Wednesday, January 31 (virtual) 

3:30-5:30 pm, Wednesday, February 7

3:30-5:30 pm, Wednesday, March 6

3:30-5:30 pm, Wednesday, March 27

3:30-6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 17 



Applications must be submitted to the Berry IOP by Friday, December 15 at 11:59 pm.

Applicants must be available to attend all workshop sessions.

Please email the following (PDF or Word file preferred) to and put “Running for Office 2024” in the subject line.



  • Include your major, class year and GPA

Answer the following questions. Each response should be 250 words or less.

  1. Why are you interested in this Running for Office Workshop Series and how will it help you in your future aspirations?

  2. Please describe your relevant skills, knowledge, and experiences as it relates to politics, public service, and civic engagement.

  3. What three characteristics do you think make up a good candidate?

  4. If you are elected to office at any level in the future, what is one of the first initiatives you hope to pursue? You could share the issue, your solution, and/or a strategy for pursuing it.

  5. Are you interested in an internship placement for Summer 2024? (Yes, no, or maybe)

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