Students identify a campaign they wish to work on in consultation with the program faculty advisors. You do not need to know exactly what campaign you will work on at the time of application.
While the program officially begins on the first day of classes at Occidental, some previous participants have chosen to start work on their campaign before the first day of classes. This allows for deeper engagement with the campaign, shows initiative, and often allows students to progress within the organization more quickly.
On the Campaign
- The experiential component is a 10-week practicum working on a campaign in a "swing" or "battleground" state or Congressional district.
- Internship dates are the first day of classes at Occidental to Election Day.
- Students are primarily responsible to secure campaign sites with the assistance of program faculty.
- Activities on-site include the regular work of the campaign as determined by the on-site staff (e.g. volunteer coordinator or intern supervisor) and negotiated between the student and the site. Campaign work is highly variable and includes a wide range of tasks, large and small.
Participants are responsible for performing all work assigned by Occidental College and/or the placement site pursuant to the program. The performance of such work shall be under the immediate supervision of an Occidental College faculty member or campaign representative on site. Participants are not considered employees of Occidental College or the campaign under any circumstances during the term of the program. Monetary compensation from Occidental College or the placement site will not be awarded to program participants.
On-Campus Academic Component
Students return to campus the weekend following Election Day to begin the on-campus academic component.