I will begin this post by happily disclosing the fact that I was an inaugural member of Democratic Representative Mark Strama's Campaign Academy in 2004. Four years later, I was Strama's campaign manager and directed the 2008 Campaign Academy which supported the Travis County Democratic Party's efforts. For the 5th cycle in a row, Mark Strama is putting out the call for high school and college applicants to join him in spending a month this summer learning the ins and outs of campaigns as part of the 2012 Campaign Academy.
This program over the years has trained over 100 young people on the basics of campaigns, many of whom have gone on to be activists in our party. This program has an excellent history of speakers and leadership development for high school and college students who have an interest in learning about how politics works from the inside.
Because Strama is unopposed this election, 2012 Campaign Academy participants will have the opportunity to work not only with his campaign, but with the Travis County Coordinated Campaign in a Presidential election year. Participants will be able to engage and interact with campaigns up and down the ticket from Barack Obama to the local level. The program will run during the following dates and times, likely concluding with Strama-Rama, an annual fundraising tradition for Mark's re-election campaign.
Date: June 4, 2012 – July 6, 2012
Daily Schedule: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (lunch provided)
Special accommodation may be made for students with part-time summer jobs who wish to participate less than the required 8 hours per day. Check out this 2008 report by KVUE news on the program. Interested applicants can apply online here.