2020 Virtual Candidate Training Program Application

Applications:
Applications for the virtual 2020 Candidate Training Program will be accepted through midnight on Wednesday, June 10th. Applications will be evaluated on a weekly rolling basis.  You should expect to hear from Sorensen regarding your application the week after you apply. 

Please note that there is no way to save the application and return to work on it later. For this reason, we recommend preparing all of the following information in advance.

Please note, there are several short essay questions that each require up to a 500 word response. The questions are:

* Describe your recent leadership activities. What do you consider to be your highest leadership achievement so far?
* What academic, community, governmental, political, professional or other activity are you most proud of? What barriers have you encountered while pursuing this activity?
* What political office do you plan to run for? When are you planning on running?
* What does state or local government in Virginia do well?
* What would you like to change about government in Virginia?
* What specific skills, knowledge or resources do you hope to acquire as a result of participating in the Sorensen Institute Candidate Training Program?

As well as a short answer to:

* How did you learn about the Sorensen Institute?
* Have you ever attended a Sorensen event?

Be aware that the essays are a significant part of the selection process and very important to making admissions decisions.

Once you start the application there is no way to save partial work so make sure you have everything you need to complete the application.

Supplemental Materials:
Applicants may also submit up to two letters of recommendation and a resume. These are not required; we will not review more than two letters. Letters must be received by midnight on Wednesday, June 10th, but should be submitted by the day you apply, if at all possible.  Letters of recommendation and resumes can be sent to Sarah.Campbell@virginia.edu.


Eligibility:
Sorensen's Candidate Training Program is designed for people who wish to run in public office in Virginia.  As such, applicants who meet this requirement will be given strong preference over applicants who are not from Virginia or do not have plans to run for office themselves.

Financial Aid: 
Financial aid is no longer available for the 2020 Candidate Training Program.  All Financial Aid awards were granted with the first round of applications and requests were due February 18h, 2020. 

Meeting Dates:
Session 1: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 2: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 3: Friday, June 26th, 2020: 8:30am - 4:45pm
Session 4: Saturday, June 27th, 2020: 8:30am - 4:15pm
Session 5: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 6: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 7: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 8: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Biographical Information

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* 1. First name

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* 2. Middle Name/Initial

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* 3. Last name

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* 4. Preferred name/nickname

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* 5. Home address

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* 6. Home phone number

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* 7. Cell phone number

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* 8. E-mail

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Sorensen Institute Regions

Sorensen Institute Regions
Current Work Information

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* 10. Employer

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* 11. Title

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* 12. Supervisor

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* 13. Work address

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* 14. Work phone

Education
Start with your most recent educational experience and work backwards to high school. You may include non-degree training programs that you think are significant. You do not have to use all five spaces.

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* 15. Educational History

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* 16. Educational History

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* 17. Educational History

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* 18. Educational History

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* 19. Educational History

Employment Information
List any past employers.

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* 20. Employer

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* 21. Employer

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* 22. Employer

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* 23. Employer

Organizations and Activities
Tell us about your most important community involvement and volunteer activities. You do not have to use all four spaces.

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* 24. Organization

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* 25. Organization

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* 26. Organization

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* 27. Organization

Short answer questions
Please write up to 500 word answers for each of the following questions.

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* 28. Describe your recent leadership activities. What do you consider to be your highest leadership achievement so far?

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* 29. What academic, community, governmental, political, professional, or other, activity are you most proud of? What barriers have you encountered while pursuing this activity?

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* 30. What political office do you plan to run for? When are you planning on running?

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* 31. What does state or local government in Virginia do well?

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* 32. What would you like to change about government in Virginia?

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* 33. What specific skills, knowledge or resources do you hope to acquire as a result of participating in the Sorensen Institute Candidate Training Program?

Also, please share with us:

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* 34. How did you learn about the Sorensen Institute?

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* 35. Are you currently serving or have you served in an elected office?

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* 36. Are you currently serving or have you served on any boards or commissions?

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* 37. Have you ever attended a Sorensen event (e.g. Spring Gala, recruiting reception, etc.)? If so, please specify. If you cannot remember the name of the event, please indicate the approximate date and location.

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* 38. Attendance:  Please mark your attendance for our planned meetings.

  I will attend this session in its entirety. I may have to miss this session or part of this session. I will miss this session.
Session 1: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 2: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 3: Friday, June 26th, 2020: 8:30am - 4:45pm
Session 4: Saturday, June 27th, 2020: 8:30am - 4:15pm
Session 5: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 6: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 7: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 8: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

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* 39. Please provide more information about any planned or possible absences you mentioned above.

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* 40. Do you have any other information you wish to share with us about your application at this time?

Applicants may also submit up to two letters of recommendation and a resume. These are not required; we will not review more than two letters. Letters must be received by midnight on Wednesday, June 10th, but should be submitted by the day you apply, if at all possible.

Letters of recommendation and resumes can be sent to Sarah.Campbell@virginia.edu.

Thank you!

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