Campaign 2020: National Conventions Seminars

Campaign 2020: National Conventions Seminars

Experiencing national politics from the inside out at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. 

If you want to to see how the magic happens for one of the grandest traditions of our country's election process, we'll take you behind the scenes of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. You'll interact with political insiders, attend exclusive events and engage in on-site fieldwork with media outlets, advocacy groups, host committees, state delegations and other organizations connected to the convention. The 2020 Presidential Election is already shaping up to be another significant time in our country's history. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it.


To be eligible for this seminar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated within the last 18 months at the time of applying.
  • Be in good standing at your college or university.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with lower GPAs may be considered.
  • Get approval from your campus liaison or a faculty sponsor* (undergraduates only).
  • Commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.

*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email

Seminar Components

During this two-week seminar, you'll listen to expert speakers, take part in briefings and panel discussions. You'll meet regularly with experienced faculty and participate in fieldwork assignments that actually form part of the national convention. The seminar will be led by a faculty director, who will will launch the program with an introduction to the current state of the presidential campaign. You'll be trained on how to navigate the logistics of the convention site and host city, including important safety and security procedures.

Speakers, Briefings & Panel Discussions

You'll encounter diverse viewpoints as you hear from notable current and former public and party officials, members of the media, campaign professionals, policy experts, corporate representatives and others. These sessions feature interactive Q&As that give you a chance to engage directly with the speakers. Past speakers include the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee Rev. Leah Daughtry, District Attorney of Philadelphia R. Seth Williams and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Ron Rowe.

Small Group Meetings

You'll meet regularly with experienced faculty in small groups to discuss presentations, convention proceedings, assigned readings and related topics. This guided collaborative learning—sharing opinions and personal observations—will deepen the experience and broaden your perspective.


Through fieldwork assignments you'll actually contribute to the convention. Placements range widely from media and advocacy groups to host committees and state delegations. In the past students have conducted interviews, prepared for events, greeted VIPs and supported the convention from behind the scenes.

Convention Events & Activities

You'll attend a variety of sessions organized by the party, host committees and other interest groups, letting you rub elbows with the movers and shakers that make the conventions happen. These typically include workshops, issue forums, press conferences, committee hearings, welcome rallies and youth-focused programs. Detailed information, including past schedules, can be provided upon request.

Seminar Cost

The final cost of the seminar is still to be determined. We plan to provide this information in the very near future so please check back often.

If you would like to discuss your specific financial scenario with our team, please email so that we may assist you.

Housing and Living

Your housing arrangements will depend on the host city for each convention and will be determined when convention locations are available.

Academic Credit

This seminar is designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the seminar.

How to Apply

We're not currently accepting applications for this seminar. However, if are interested in learning more about The Washing Center and programs we offer please submit a Request For Information below.

Request for Information

Dates and Deadlines

Dates for Convention 2020 seminars (including application deadlines) will be determined by the convention dates and announced as soon as they become available.


Refund and Cancellation Policy

Students should review the Refund and Cancellation Policy before submitting an application. Any students who wish to withdraw their application must send an email to notifying The Washington Center of their decision. TWC will send a confirmation email once each withdrawal has been processed.

  • Students who withdraw on or before the deadline will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges.
  • Students who withdraw after the deadline but within ten (10) calendar days of their acceptance to the program will forfeit their nonrefundable $200 deposit and incur no other charges. After the 10-day window has passed, any students who withdraw will be assessed a $350 administrative fee (in addition to the nonrefundable $200 deposit).
  • Students who have already paid their seminar fee and withdraw more than ten (10) calendar days before the start of the seminar will receive a refund of their balance, minus the $200 nonrefundable deposit and $350 administrative fee, as applicable per the terms outlined above.
  • Students who withdraw within ten (10) calendar days of the start of the program (regardless of acceptance date), will be responsible for the entire seminar fee.

If your institution has agreed to cover the cost of your attendance, but you decide to withdraw from the seminar, you will be liable for the above stated fees—even if you did not initially pay a deposit. It is also your responsibility to notify The Washington Center (via in writing as soon as you decide to withdraw. If you fail to do so, you – not your school – will be financially responsible for all associated costs, up to and including the full amount of the seminar fee.