Washington Connections

Go inside the world of politics and policy.

Washington Connections

Washington Connections is a semester-long experience that provides participants with a deeper understanding of the American political system, equips them with skills to engage as members of a civic community, and prepares them for lives and careers as agents of change. 

The program highlights skills and experiences that prepare students for involvement in other Eisenhower Institute programs, including civic engagement, networking, and professional writing. It is recommended for first-years and sophomores, though upper-class students new to the Eisenhower Institute are also welcome to apply. 

  • Weekly sessions will focus on identifying shared challenges facing our nation. Workshops will enable participants to confront these challenges and to participate in difficult conversations.
  • Immersive day trips to Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg allow participants to deepen their understanding of the American political system while exposing them to the breadth of public service careers in politics, advocacy, lobbying, diplomacy, and other fields.
  • An op-ed project will give students an opportunity to analyze policy developments and practice writing for a public audience through Ike’s Anvil, the Eisenhower Institute blog.
  • Alumni mentorship opportunities will help participants learn more about careers and think through how their academic work can translate to professional environments in politics, advocacy, lobbying, diplomacy, and other public service fields.

Washington Connections will be facilitated by Kevin Lavery and Lauren Cole and feature scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields. 

Fall 2021 Schedule

Applications closed