Events: Data BootCamp (Washington DC)


If you want to get into the world of political data and help lead data-driven campaigns, then Data BootCamp is for you. We’ll cover the basics of voter file data, skills to clean and manage data using Excel and SQL, strategies for targeting voters and structuring a campaign program,  building and presenting information to report on campaign progress, and tactics for working effectively with other campaign departments.

Ideal candidates for BootCamp…

  • Have an affinity for and some background working with data
  • Have a thirst to learn more and are committed to affecting change through data
  • Are not afraid of a challenge and are willing to take risks
  • Can learn independently, but also work well in a team

Data BootCamp will take place in Washington, DC from May 17-23.

The cost of Data BootCamp is $2,000, and includes room and board. We’re also offering scholarships, payment plans, and ways to help you fundraise for your tuition. If you’re accepted, we’ll do everything we can to ensure cost is not a barrier to participation. So if you want to come, apply and we’ll figure out the rest later.

Data BootCamp admissions follows a three step process:

  1. Application + Resume Submission
  2. Basic Skills Test
  3. Interview (for finalists)

The application deadline for this training is March 31.  The application is located here:

Event: Information Session on Internship Opportunities in Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C.?

If yes, please join us for information meetings about The Washington Center Internship Program at the following times:

Monday, November 7

   1030-1120 GWN 1A (ground floor of Gowen Hall)

   1230-120  SMI 311

   130-220   MEB 237

   330-420   CMU 228


  Tuesday, November 8

   1230-120  SMI 311

   130-220   MEB 237

   330-420   CMU 228


The Washington Center (TWC) runs a full-time internship program in Washington, D.C. that is open to all UW students and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits and international organizations. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW’s affiliation in 1977, and many have made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the program, scholarships and the application process.

For 2012 the quarterly program cost is $5,850 and the housing cost is $3,790.

In addition, students pay UW registration, transportation, and personal expenses. Students may use financial aid for this program, UW tuition is charged at a reduced rate (because of this, the cost for nonresidents is comparable to a quarter at UW), and students may apply for scholarships (many UW students receive scholarships of $1-3000).

Upcoming application deadlines are:

Spring Quarter 2012, Regular: 1/13/12

Summer Quarter 2012, Competitive*: 2/17/12, Regular: 3/16/12

Autumn Quarter 2012, Early**: 1/20/12, Competitive*: 5/4/12, Regular: 6/15/12

Spring Quarter 2013, Early**: 5/21/12, Competitive*: 10/12/12, Regular:


* Deadline for eligibility for most scholarships (some scholarships available with regular deadline)

** See for the list of organizations that require applications by the early deadline

Note that some established internship programs, such as the Congressional Black Caucus, may require earlier application submissions than the deadlines noted above.

Regardless of your major, there is an internship position for you. If you would like to know more, please come to an information session or contact me for an appointment. Information is also available online at