Skip to Content | Skip to Search | Skip to Navigation

Washington Leadership Program

young professional maleThe Washington Leadership Program provides IU undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C. politics, policy, public affairs, and more. In the classroom and through exciting internships, students participate fully in the city's workaday world, conducting research, preparing briefings, and honing a wide range of other professional skills.

In today's ultra-competitive job market, having an internship under your belt can make all the difference.  WLP students intern four full days a week in a variety of interesting and challenging assignments ranging from government agencies to congressional offices to non-profit organizations.

Participants earn twelve credits hours for their semester in DC: six for the internship and three for each of two immersive courses taught by experienced Washington veterans.  Combining top-flight classroom learning with the internship of a lifetime, WLP Programs present a special opportunity for IU students to learn from expert instructors, gain valuable professional experience, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

“If you’re interested in public policy, in participating in local or national politics, and in better understanding the national political scene, this is a semester that’s going to provide you exposure to public policy like no other semester. You’re learning it, living it, and even in your free time talking about politics and policy, and you’re not going to get that in any other town.” -Donna Mclean, WLP faculty
The WLP has something for all majors and interests, but students interested in health policy will have the special opportunity to take a course on how health policy is formed in the United States. This course will allow students to dive into the complex and dynamic world of health care policy and examine the role government plays in various aspects of health policy.

“Health care represents one of the most vexing problems facing all levels of government and the private sector. Students interested in working on some of the most pressing issues of the day will derive enormous value from learning more about how the health care system actually works, including the difficult task of implementing the most recent historic health care law” -David Reingold, SPEA Executive Associate Dean

The WLP is open to juniors and seniors of all disciplines on the IUB campus and to SPEA students on the IUPUI campus.