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Legislative Bootcamp

The CAPE Legislative Bootcamp is an annual week-long capacity-building program in Sacramento following the end of the Spring semester. ​

The Bootcamp is aimed to: ​

  • Provide intensive training by top legislative professionals on topics including drafting legislation, political communications, political bargaining, polling, campaign tactics, policy research, political networking, office conduct, and basic administration.​
  • Give an immersive experience to UC Merced students by being in Sacramento, in and around the Capitol, sharing meals with invited guests, and doing exercises meant to promote skill development and professional growth.​
  • Fully prepare students to take on professional roles, including offering clothing scholarships to be prepared with business attire.
  • Further the student’s professional career through summer-long internships in a legislative, lobbyist, or other professional setting connected to the political arena.