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The Democratic National Committee is looking for candidates with little previous exposure to politics to participate in the Hope Institute 2013 program in Washington, DC.

Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, politically minded future leaders between the ages of 20 and 24 from diverse backgrounds all across the country.

All costs will be covered, including airfare to and from Washington, accommodations, meals, and ground transportation to and from Hope Institute activities.

The Fall 2013 program runs from
October 25-27, 2013

The deadline for applications is September 13th.


The 30 selected participants will engage in a crash course in politics. They will have the opportunity to hear from former senior Obama for America campaign officials, congressional campaign managers, and DNC leadership, and learn from their career trajectories and insight. The experience will accelerate professional development while providing participants with strategies for entrance into political careers and professional contacts in order to further their job searches.

Note: Selected female applicants will be invited to the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum Conference, taking place on October 24th.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please click here. Please feel free to direct any questions to

The Fall 2013 program runs from September 3rd to December 13th, 2013. and the Spring 2014 program runs from January 14th to May 2nd, 2014. The deadline for applications for the Fall program is August 21st, 2013 and for the Spring program is September 8th, 2013.

In a sign of solidarity, President Barack Obama will begin using the standard license plate for the District of Columbia, which famously states “Taxation Without Representation,” on presidential vehicles, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.

The move comes after the city council for Washington, D.C. petitioned the president last week through a resolution, demanding that Obama use the license plates as millions watch his presidential motorcade drive down Pennsylvania Avenue for his inauguration on Monday.

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