Public Policy Scholarship Blog | January 2013

One student received a scholarship to attend the 31st Annual Women & Public Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. January 14-18 , 2013.

Claire Salinas, Southeastern Louisiana University

I’m so honored to have been chosen as the PLEN Women and Public Policy scholarship winner.  Attending this conference opened a world of opportunities up to me that I never would’ve had access to before. I feel confident that I would be able to find a job or at the very least an internship in the DC area because of the connections I made at this conference.  The really cool thing about PLEN is that the board and all the speakers are rooting for your success.  They are making themselves available not only as speakers during the conference but as valuable contacts that you can access in the future.  Everyone at PLEN genuinely wants to help you succeed, and tell you what it takes to make it in the policy world.  There weren’t just discussions of career paths though, there was also a practical panel that talked about how to attain work life balance.

It was definitely inspiring to meet so many successful women and to get advice from them about the policy field.  One of the things I learned at the conference is that for the most part there is no set career path to policy, but rather it is important to find out what you are passionate about and go after that.  Even if you don’t end up in policy right away, doing what you love is what will lead you to the policy field and keep you there. I am so excited to be part of a network of women who are doing and will be doing great things in the years to come.

Pictured above: PLEN Board Chair Ellie Shaw and Claire Salinas at the reception for the 2013 Women & Public Policy Seminar


Sponsorship from CSX Corporation for the 2013 Women & Public Policy Seminar allowed college women like Claire have access to PLEN’s career building and mentorship opportunities to develop as a women leader.