Washington Leadership Program
Have you always dreamed of a career in government, public affairs, health care policy, or the non-profit sector? Can you think of nothing more exciting than spending a semester living, learning, and working in Washington, D.C.—one of the country’s most dynamic and exciting cities? Are you looking for programs that offer all this and more? Look no further than the Washington Leadership Program (WLP).
If you think a life and career in D.C. may be in your future, there’s no better way to learn the ropes than through WLP’s immersive, hands-on courses taught by experienced Washington veterans. All students take a Friday morning course focusing on policy processes in the US Federal Government. Students also have a choice between two policy topics courses to suit their interests.
In today’s ultra-competitive job market, having a top-flight internship under your belt can make all the difference. WLP offers dozens of internship opportunities in government agencies, congressional offices, environmental and health organizations, the non-profit sector, and much more.
IU Legal Studies Student Anna Schimel interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality with the Task force of State, Local and Tribal Leaders on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. When asked what she took away from the experience, Anna mentioned she gained a variety of skills.
With its world-class museums, fun and interesting cultural districts, and vibrant nightlife, Washington D.C. is one of the world’s most unique cities. Exploring the city’s endless opportunities with your fellow students is one of the most best aspects of WLP.
“Washington, D.C. is one of the most exciting places to live. Events are always happening and because of WLP, I always had someone to accompany me. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the city by myself or with my classmates. We never ran out of things to see and do.”
-2013 WLP Participant, Sarah Horn
“It felt as though we were in a city full of people working feverishly to make some kind of positive, lasting impact on our society. When you live within a mile of places like the White House, Smithsonian, National Archives, and Supreme Court, the sense of possibility is everywhere."
-2013 WLP Participant, Nick Erickson