Campaign Staff Training | National Democratic Training Committee

Build a Career in Politics

You are a passionate leader who wants to launch or grow a career in politics. Our programs provide the tools and training you need to succeed in the areas a campaign depends on: fundraising, digital strategy, field, communications, and campaign management.

There is a learning program for everyone who wants to build a career in politics: online courses (available 24/7), in-person training, and the intensive cohort-based Staff Academy program.

What Our Campaign Staffers Have to Say

Our leaders are the future of Democratic politics. Together we will change our communities and our country for the better.

Thank you so much for the amazing online resources. I'm a first-time campaign manager, and this is a lifeline!
Leslie Grayson Campaign Manager for school board race in Illinois
NDTC recently put on a series of trainings at our annual convention. The trainings were professionally done and filled with practical advice for activists, volunteers, and candidates alike. Plus, NDTC seamlessly integrated their programming into the rest of our agenda.
Ethan Corson Former Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director
Without NDTC, getting the position that I did would have been really difficult. NDTC prepared me to not only take on the position, but prove to the campaign that I’ve got what it takes.
Orpa Ali 2019 Staff Academy Graduate

In-Person Training

At NDTC Blue Bench Trainings, you can expect highly participatory trainings to lay the groundwork for a successful campaign. You’ll go through four 80-minute trainings covering the topics of fundraising, field, digital strategy, and communications.

The Information You Need to Win

Whether you want to build the skills needed to grow your political career, fill in a knowledge gap, or need the tools and insight to handle a campaign issue right now, the NDTC Online Academy has a training for you. Our in-depth and comprehensive trainings prepare you with the skills to raise money, communicate your campaign’s message, build a digital strategy to connect with voters online, and be an effective and inclusive leader. Regardless of the specific role you play in a campaign or how far you are in your political career, our 30+ courses for staff and volunteers provide the tools you need to succeed.

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Fundraising

Raising money is a make or break requirement for every campaign. Learn how to prepare your candidate for call time, throw a successful fundraising event, and earn support from PACs and labor unions.

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Digital Strategy

Your campaign has to be where your voters are: online. Learn how to build your campaign’s website, effectively use social media to share your message and connect with constituents, and move your supporters to action via email.

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Management and Leadership

The skills that set you apart are the ones no one teaches you on the job. Learn to create an inclusive, positive team culture, set SMART goals for yourself, and hold yourself and your colleagues accountable.

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Communications

Supporters connect with your campaign and your message through communications. Learn how to craft a compelling message, share it in a way that resonates with supporters, and work with the media.

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Field

How many votes does it take to win? Where will these votes come from and how will you find them? To answer these questions, you’ll learn how to build modern field plans focused on winning.

Staff Academy

Do you want to work on campaigns? Do you dream of a chance to start a career in Democratic politics? The NDTC Staff Academy is an intensive 10-week combined online and in-person program designed to recruit, train, and connect new staff to paid career opportunities in Democratic politics across the country. Find out more about when applications will open for our next cohort.