Hope Institute

Who can apply to be a Hope Fellow?

The ideal Hope Fellow is a young person, passionate about pursuing a career in politics and ready to enter into the political world right away. No prior political or campaign experience is necessary.

How do I apply to be a Hope Fellow?

Please fill out the Hope Institute application here. You will be prompted to upload PDF files of your college transcript and resume.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Hope Institute is covered by the Democratic National Committee. This includes airfare, ground transportation, food, and accommodations.

Where does the Hope Institute take place?

The Hope Institute takes place in downtown Washington, DC.

Where do Fellows stay during the Hope Institute?

Hotel accommodations are provided for the Fellows.

Recent Updates
  • Hope and Change

    A few weeks ago, we invited 40 young adults from underrepresented communities to D.C. for a crash course in political organizing. And wow were we blown away! They were talented, passionate and ready to change the world. But don't take our word for it. Watch the video below and then read one of the participants' thoughts to learn more about the Hope Institute.

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  • Hope Institute: Why I’m a Democrat

    Today we asked participants in the Hope Institute (a crash course in politics for 40 young adults from underrepresented communities) to share why they're a Democrat in 140 characters. Here's what they had to say:

  • Sneak Peek: The Hope Institute

    I can't believe it's finally here! For months, our team's been working around the clock reviewing resumes, arranging flights, coordinating logistics, and securing some of the best and brightest public servants, elected officials and political professionals to serve as mentors and guest speakers.

    Tonight, we're officially kicking off the Hope Institute — a throw back to then-Senator Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" campaign school and the latest effort by Democrats to invest in the next generation of leaders.

    I remember the "Yes We Can" program very well. Launched in 2005, this campaign school trained participants from underrepresented communities on how to break into politics. And it was a huge success.

    When I came to the DNC as the new Finance Director, I thought it was important to do some of the things we did well back in the day. That's why we launched the Hope Institute — a crash course in politics for 40 young adults from underrepresented communities.

    These next two days are going to be intense. We've put together a packed schedule with speakers, networking opportunities, and real life campaign scenarios. And we've got some surprises too.

    I can't wait to meet everyone tonight and look forward to sharing stories from the events. As Democrats, we believe in change that matters. That's why we invest in young people who care.

    If you'd like to invest in the next generation of Democratic leaders:

    chip in now

    P.S. Fun fact: I met my beautiful wife while we were working together on the "Yes We Can" campaign. And that's just one of the many great things to come out of it. Excited to get started!