At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues. Our non-partisan mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of governance at all levels throughout Virginia.

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, the Sorensen Institute will hold its 2021 programming during the second half of 2021. We will NOT be conducting our Candidate Training Program and our Emerging Leaders Program in 2021. Further information about our 2022 programs will be available soon.  Applications for the 2022 Political Leaders Program will be available in mid-September 2021.

If you would us to contact you regarding program updates, please visit our referral page and submit your contact information. 

Political Leaders

This flagship program is for leaders who want a broad-based, in-depth understanding of Virginia's regions, politics, and governance.

Political Leaders Program participants
Emerging Leaders

Develops and upgrades skill sets for younger leaders who either work in government or want to increase their public service involvement.

Emerging Leaders Program participants
Candidate Training

Provides an intensive focus on winning campaign fundamentals for those who want to run for office or run a campaign.

Candidate Training Program participants
High School Leaders

Actively engages high school students from across Virginia in developing leadership skills and learning how to engage in public policy and politics.

High School Leaders Program participants
22nd Century Scholars

The 22nd Century Scholars Program is a 5-week virtual internship for UVA students offered in partnership with the UVA Institute of Democracy.

Christine Shan, 22nd Century Scholar

Program Applications

Program Applications Open Applications Close Link to Application
22nd Century Scholars Program
Candidate Training Program Tue, March 10, 2020 Wed, June 10, 2020
Emerging Leaders Program Fri, July 17, 2020 Tue, August 18, 2020
High School Leaders Program Wed, April 7, 2021 Mon, May 17, 2021
Political Leaders Program Tue, September 22, 2020 Mon, November 9, 2020