Arena Academy FAQ

When is Arena Academy? 

Our March Academy takes place virtually from Friday, March 12, through Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Future Arena Academy dates for the summer and fall will be announced later in the year.

Who is Arena Academy for? 

Arena Academy is for anyone who wants to learn how to work on a Democratic campaign. We consider applicants at all levels of campaign experience—including those seeking to switch industries. We’ll teach you everything you need to get started or to level-up your skills and achieve a new role. In the process, you’ll get to know people from around the country who are hungry to get involved, and you’ll learn from seasoned campaign experts.

When is the application deadline?

The early admissions deadline is January 31, 2021. 

The general admissions deadline is February 12, 2021. 

When will I hear about whether or not I’m admitted? 

Early admissions notifications sent: February 6, 2021. 

General admissions notifications sent: February 18, 2021. 

Do I have to be there for all five days?

Yes. You should plan to clear your schedule March 12 – 16 off in order to participate fully. We expect you to be online, video on, fully present for the duration of Arena Academy. Additionally, you’ll participate in a team-based learning activity, and your team will count on you to be available for the duration of the event. We understand that many of us are juggling family, work, and household responsibilities at home. It can be difficult to find a space that is distraction-free and to commit to the full time. We believe in you. Your learning is worth investing in. We’ll have ample breaks and shorter days in order to make sure you take care of yourself and stay engaged. 

What’s the schedule for the five days? 

Arena Academy consists of sessions in both your selected Track, as well as plenary sessions with the full Academy. We’ll cover topics such as management, diversity and equity, and cybersecurity in our plenary sessions. Days typically start at 11:00 a.m. EST and go until 6:00 p.m. EST, with some exceptions and optional evening programming. The capstone of Arena Academy is the Arena Cup, which allows you to put all you’ve learned into practice by coming up with a comprehensive campaign plan for a real district along with a team of people from other Tracks. The bulk of your work on the Arena Cup takes place on the fourth and fifth day of Arena Academy. Teams sometimes work into the evening to complete their work.

How much does Arena Academy cost? 

Our five-day Academy’s full cost of registration is $300, which is hundreds and even thousands of dollars less than the true cost of attending Arena Academy and then other comparable programs. It does not cover the actual cost per trainee to Arena, but it does offset our overall investment in the Academy program.

Do you offer scholarships? 

We offer need-based scholarships ranging from waiving the registration fee to asking participants to pay what they can. In past Academies, 67% of participants were awarded scholarships.

Is this event online or in person? 

Our March Academy will be held online using Zoom. We conducted two full Academies and dozens of trainings online in 2020, and we’re confident in the quality and excellent learning experience of this event.

What are the technical requirements? 

Arena Academy will take place via Zoom. You will need a computer with a working camera and microphone and a connection to a stable internet to attend this training. We recommend you download Zoom ahead of time. You are expected to be online and on-camera for all Academy sessions. If you do not have a computer or internet connection, the Arena team will work with you to find reasonable accommodations.

Which track should I apply to? 

Our five-day intensive training program focuses on equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in a specific field within electoral politics. But regardless of the role you’re training for, all of our curricula include a heavy emphasis on management, leadership, and digital and data literacy. You’ll pick from one of seven training tracks. Read more about them.

I can’t make it to this Academy. When is the next one? 

Sign up for our email list or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be the first to know about the next Academy. We’ll announce the dates soon, and we anticipate the next Academy will take place in early summer.

I’ve attended Arena Academy in the past, and I’d like to apply to another track. Will I be accepted?

We’ll consider each application on a case-by-case basis. Having attended an Academy in the past makes you no more or less likely to be accepted. Be sure to cover in your application why exactly attending another Academy will contribute to your future goals and aspirations on campaigns. We also strongly encourage new applicants to apply.

Will we receive the materials we use in the training? 

Yes. Slides will be made available to participants after the course. You’ll be asked to join Arena Careers to have access. You can join ahead of time by creating a profile.

I have a disability / need support or an accommodation. 

We are committed to supporting all participants in their learning experience. If you need accommodation or support of any kind, please let us know on your application form or write to

Will Arena Academy help me get a job?

We have placed Arena Academy graduates with 483 jobs on progressive campaigns or at progressive organizations. After attending Arena Academy you will gain access to a variety of services and support through our talent program including resume workshops, networking, one-on-one career coaching, and Arena recommendations when applying to jobs.

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