New Wave of Staffers

The NDTC Staff Academy is a program designed to recruit, train, and connect new staff to paid career opportunities in Democratic politics across the country. When inviting applicants to join our program, we prioritize leaders who are women, people of color, and transgender (trans) and non-binary people.

2021 Staff Academy Cohort members will choose to pursue one of three training tracks: digital strategy, fundraising, or communications.

What Graduates Have to Say

Our graduates now work on campaigns for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and all the way down the ballot.

I’m so excited to get out and do something big and a bit different. The Staff Academy was such a rewarding experience and I am so grateful for having had this opportunity!
Jessica Danon 2019 Staff Academy Graduate
For 8 weeks, I was able to train with a diverse group of the most talented and dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of encountering. I came away from the program knowing that the future of Democratic politics is in good hands and that I have the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on progressive campaigns.
Eleanor McDonough 2019 Staff Academy Graduate
Top notch pipeline! It was one of the best programs I’ve been a part of. I’m excited and thankful for all that NDTC has taught me. Many thanks to you and everyone who helped make this possible.
Jessie Lopez 2019 Staff Academy Graduate

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About Staff Academy

Staff Academy 2021 is an intensive, online 10-week program. Participating in a Staff Academy Cohort involves weekly webinars, homework assignments, interactive practice opportunities, personalized feedback and coaching on core skills, access to industry leaders, and job search support.

Best of all, the program is free for anyone accepted.

2021 Staff Academy Cohort members choose to pursue one of three training tracks: digital strategy, fundraising, or communications.

How it Works

Once accepted, cohort members participate in structured online courses and collaborate with fellow peers from across the country for 10 weeks.

In the final week of the program, cohort members participate in an intensive four-day virtual live training event. Each training day includes content on both track-specific skills as well as essential skills for managing and leading on campaigns.

At the end of the program, Staff Academy Graduates have the foundation needed to build a successful career in Democratic politics and understand how to lead and manage a positive and inclusive culture as part of their strategic campaign goals.

Not Sure About Staff Academy?

NDTC’s Online Academy courses are interactive and available online 24/7. Unlike participating in the Staff Academy Cohort, there is no application or interview process to access the courses. You can take as many or as few as you’d like on your own schedule.

Interested in building a career in political campaigns or enhancing your skills but can’t commit to the full Cohort program? Check out our Online Academy campaign staff training courses.

Not sure which program is right for you? Learn more about the differences.