At Occidental College, students have the option of participating in a "campaign semester" where they work on political campaigns in lieu of college courses for credit.
32 undergraduate students participated this fall in the program which is the only one of it's kind in the country.
"You can read all the textbooks in the world about campaigns and elections, but until you've worked on one, you don't realize how chaotic and exciting it is," said Peter Dreier to the New York Times, a professor of politics and chairman of the urban and environmental policy department at Occidental.
Students spend the majority of their time doing unpaid volunteer work including cavassing, calling, and coffee runs within their respective campaign headquarters.
Students work on the campaigns until they end then they return to school to discuss their experience. Sometimes students who's campaigns were unsuccessful come back a little bit distraught.