National Political Conventions

Campaign 2012: Academic Seminar Series

Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa in August. Campaign 2012 from The Washington Center, a nonprofit educational organization, is designed to give students a course of study offering an understanding of the presidential election process, and an opportunity to explore the inner workings of the American political process.

These seminars will enhance students’ perspectives on civic engagement through a combination of programming, speakers, site visits, small group discussions, and student volunteer-fieldwork positions with the party, convention committees, media, and other convention-related organizations and events. Dates for these two events are:

  • August 18-31, 2012 for the Republican National Convention- Tampa, FL
  • August 25-September 7, 2012 for the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, NC.

A dual-convention opportunity is open for Communication Management and Political Science majors. The Washington Center is offering only 50 openings from a national college pool.

Saint Leo University is offering five scholarship opportunities. The application deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m., EST, Monday, March 26, 2012. Student applications are available here, and faculty recommendation forms are available here. Completed applications and recommendations are to be submitted electronically.

This is an academic scholarship. Undergraduate students will receive two (2) credit hours and are required to participate in a total of 80 hours. Graduate students must discuss receiving course credit and appropriate assignments with the director of their graduate programs.

To qualify, you must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Recent graduates (within 18 months of receiving a college degree) are also welcome to apply. All students at all Saint Leo locations are eligible to apply, provided they meet all requirements. Faculty will be assigning supplemental assignments as course-credit requirements. The Vice President of Academic Affairs has approved intern absences from the first two weeks of fall classes; however, it is the responsibility of students to work with individual professors in advance regarding missed work and class time.

If you are interested and would like further information, Career Planning is hosting a Student Interest Meeting on March 6 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 102 in Saint Edward Hall.

Further information is also available from Cathy Wise, Career Planning, at (352) 588-8468 or at e-mail

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