What If You Want More Experience Before Running?

Here are a few opportunities that you can take advantage of to gain more state and local political experience before you start running for office. 

Arena Academy


The best place to learn about campaigns is to work on one! Arena Academy is a training program for aspiring political professionals. Participants take part in an immersive five-day learning experience.

Emily’s List: Run to Win

Emily’s List

Run to Win is a national recruitment and training campaign focused on helping pro-choice Democratic women around the country run for office…and win.

Volunteering For A Campaign: A Beginner’s Guide

Run for Something

If you’re interested in running for office, get some hands-on experience by volunteering with a state or local candidate in your community!

NDTC & Run for Something

National Democratic Training Committee

RFS and NDTC have linked up to help you learn more about the process of running for office (before you get started.)

Run for Something: Candidate Volunteer Support

Run for Something

Get a first look at what it’s like running a campaign by volunteering with Run for Something!

The Road to Run Series

She Should Run

Road to Run is a virtual event series that provides women a starting place for considering and exploring a future run for office as well as a baseline knowledge of what goes into running for public office.

Emerge Candidate Trainings

Emerge America

Running for office is a big decision. Sign up with Emerge to learn about running for office and learn — if and when — you want to run.