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Training and Professional Development Organizations

Professional development and skills-building is an extremely important part of learning and growing as a political professional. In addition to building your skills, trainings also offer you a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with other political professionals.

Fortunately, there are several fantastic organizations in the progressive movement that offer trainings and advanced skill-development workshops that can help you – whether you are just getting started or wanting to hone your skills.

Training Organizations


Fellowships, Part-Time

Fellowships, Full-Time

Union Skills and Leadership

Fellowships, Graduate Students

Fellowships and Trainings – Regional

Academic Institutions

Training Organizations You Should Check Out

In addition to our own trainings, GAIN encourages political professionals to take part in trainings conducted by our allied progressive organizations. GAIN provides training materials to our organizational supporters and we can work with you to plan and conduct your training events.



American Federation for Children Training School - Education advocacy

The Candidate Project - Resources on running for office

Center for Progressive Leadership Candidate Trainings - Running for office

Center for Third World Organizing Community Action trainings - Community organizing training

Democracy for America Campaign Academy - Running a campaign

EMILY’s List Candidate Trainings – For pro-choice, Democratic women 

Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute trainings  - Various trainings for LGBTQ candidates and activists

New American Leaders – Leadership trainings for immigrants

NEW Leadership Development – For women, in 23 states

New Organizing Institute – A variety of types and lengths of training, especially great source for tech skills

Midwest Academy training - Preeminent community organizing and issue advocacy training

Progressive Majority Candidate Training - Running for office

Ready to Run training – For women, in 6 states

Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership program – Know a high-school girl interested in politics? This program is designed just for them.

Wellstone Action trainings - Preeminent community organizing and issue advocacy training

Women’s Campaign Fund 


Alston-Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship – Professional sabbaticals for organizers of color

African American Federal Executives Association Fellows - For senior federal workers and military staff

Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative, Massachusetts State House Fellowship - Internship for students and recent grads

Center for Progressive Leadership – In 5 states, 3 different months-long fellowships

Emerge America - For Democratic women on running for office, in 12 states

Front Line Leaders Academy – Fellowship for young people

International Career Advancement Program – Mid-career professionals

Legislative Fellows Program, Partners of the Americas - Fellowship exchanges with 8 countries in Central and Latin America

New Leaders Council – Leadership development, in 25 cities

StartingBloc Fellowship - In 3-5 cities each year, ages 18-30, focused on social entrepreneurship

Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows – In 6 cities, for teachers in high-poverty schools


Americorps - Thousands of year-long service fellowships around the country

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowship - Placement in Congressional offices for Asian Americans

Atlas Corps – Nonprofit professional exchange between US and Colombia, for those 35 and under

Baltimore Community Fellowship - Monetary award to implement project in underserved Baltimore communities

City Hall Fellows – Recent grads up to 3 years after receiving graduate degree

City Year - Year-long service program, in 24 cities

Code for America - Technology and public service fellowship, San Francisco

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Congressional Fellows Program – Post-graduate

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellowship – Post-graduate school

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship – For recent grads

Coro Fellows – Leadership development, in 5 cities

Emerson National Hunger Fellows 

Empire State Fellows Program - For those with at least 3 years of work experience

Fulbright Scholarships - For research and teaching abroad

Global Health Corps - Yearlong health-focused program for those under 30

Green Corps – Field School for Environmental Organizing

Greenlining Institute Fellows Program - Focus on young leaders

Leland International Hunger Fellows – Post-graduate

Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program, Center for Third World Organizing

National Urban Fellows - 14-month fellowship with graduate degree

New York City Urban Fellows - Within 2 years of college graduation

Peace Corps - 27 months of volunteer service in a developing country

PolitiCorps – Summer and year-long leadership programs, ages 20-24

Presidential Management Fellows – Post-graduate, preparation for government jobs

Scoville Peace Fellowship – Recent college grads

Teach For America – In 46 regions around the country

Venture for America - In 8-10 cities, training in social entrepreneurship

White House Fellowship – Mid-career professionals


AFL-CIO Organizing Institute – Union organizer training

AFSCME Organizer-in-Training Program – Union organizer training

Bonnie Ladin Union Skills courses, National Labor College

Cornell Leadership Workshops – Wide variety of trainings for union members and interested parties

Harvard Trade Union Program – Current union leaders

Rutgers Labor Education and Research Now – Wide variety of trainings for union members and interested parties

SEIU WAVE – Union organizer training

UC Berkeley Labor Center – Variety of union leadership skills and workshops


Boren Graduate Fellows - For international and language study

Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program – Chicago, summer

Mayor’s Internship Program – Philadelphia, summer

Graduate Fellowship, New York State Senate - Also open to recent grads

Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program – For students of foreign affairs



California Women Lead  

Capital Fellows Programs

City Hall Fellows – San Francisco

Code for America - Technology and public service fellowship, San Francisco


Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program – Chicago, summer


Baltimore Community Fellowship - Monetary award to implement project in underserved Baltimore communities

Mayoral Fellowship – Baltimore, summer


Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative State House Fellowship - Internship for students and recent grads

Commonwealth Seminar

New York

Empire State Fellows Program - For those with at least 3 years of work experience

Graduate Fellowship, New York State Senate - Also open to recent grads

New York City Urban Fellows - Within 2 years of college graduation


Legislative Fellowship Program, Ohio Legislative Service Commission


Mayor’s Internship Program – Philadelphia, summer


Luna Legislative Fellows program –Undergraduate/graduate students and recent grads

Washington, DC

Capital City Fellows Program – Post-graduate



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