Women's Campaign School at Yale University Seeks Applicants for June Training Session
Want to be a political consultant or run for office? The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University (WCS) is now accepting applications for its yearly training session, which will be held June 17-21. Women interested in running for office or managing and consulting for political campaigns can get registration information by calling (800) 353-2878. Tuition is $750 and includes room and board, lectures, workshops and educational materials. Scholarships are available.
Seeking to empower women by teaching the basics of a political campaign from the ground up, the school offers an intensive five-day program of lectures, seminars, role-playing workshops, mock campaigns and case studies, as well as the opportunity to meet and learn from women already involved in politics.
Practicing political consultants and experienced candidates each teach a specific element of campaigning. The complete program covers such key topics as making the decision to run, polling and research, fundraising, ethics, message and slogan development, free and paid media, and field work. All classes are held on the Yale campus.
WCS has built a sizeable alumnae base since its founding in 1993, with many graduates going on to win political office. Others have used the skills they acquired to build successful careers as campaign consultants or in strategic campaign staff positions, sometimes running for office themselves after managing campaigns for other candidates. Networking during classes, post-graduation reunions, newsletters and updated alumnae directories have produced a strong base of support for WCS graduates.
WCS is jointly sponsored by the Yale Law School and Women’s Studies program at Yale University. It is a non-profit corporation, offering unique, non-partisan, non-issue-based training. The board of directors is co-chaired by George Dean and Ann Sheffer, prominent political figures in the Democratic and Republican parties. All three Congresswomen from Connecticut – Rosa DeLauro, Nancy L. Johnson and Barbara Kennelly – serve on the board.