During the fall semester of the sophomore block sequence, students closely follow local campaigns. Through research, class discussions, and on-the-ground experience as campaign volunteers, students get an in-depth and intimate exposure to campaign politics. The semester is a crucial aspect of the PPP experience; the challenging experience provides students with many useful tools for not only a political career but publicly engaged life in general.
At the end of the semester, each team of students must create their own campaign plan for their candidate- how they would have run the campaign if they were the campaign manager. They present this plan to PPP faculty, fellow students, and upperclassmen. Then on Election Day, students work for their campaigns during the day and give media interviews at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as night as the election results come in.
Students this past fall worked in teams of three on seven different Cincinnati City Council campaigns. The candidates they represented comprised of elected incumbents, appointed incumbents, and non-incumbents on both sides of the aisle.