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Summer Program in Political Communication

About SPExS

Political communication is the art of connecting with an audience and conveying a message persuasively. Ultimately, political communication aims to move people to act, whether they are currently or prospectively engaged in public affairs. The target audience may number in millions or it may be an audience of one. But by activating that audience the political communicator influences, alters, and determines the course of events.

Whether you are a young professional looking to better position yourself in the work place, or a recent graduate wanting to learn the ways of Washington, the Graduate Gateway Summer Program in Political Communication will give you the skills needed to navigate the present and future challenges of political communication.


The 7-week Summer Program in Political Communication includes a core seminar in Applied Political Communication and professional development activities and support.

3-credit Seminar in Applied Political Communication

This course was developed by Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor at National Public Radio (NPR), for post-baccalaureate students interested in the practice of political communication in DC. The focus of the course will cover public affairs and political advocacy: the issues, goals, and strategies used by players in public policy and those seeking political office. This includes the role of political communication in issue campaigns, as well as, campaigning for office and pursuing an agenda while in office.

Coursework is a blended class with both online & evening components to accommodate working professionals and graduate students interning in DC. 

The Graduate Gateway Summer Program in Political Communication will also help meet requirements for a Masters of Political Communication at American University should you apply and gain acceptance.

Please note: American University does not issue immigration documents for this program.