FAQs

Who can attend PLEN programs?

Undergraduate students and recent graduates from any college or university may participate in PLEN programs. Our programs are designed for undergraduates students, but graduate students, recent college graduates, nontraditional students, and young professionals can all benefit from our programs. Faculty members can also attend programs with students. People of all genders are welcome.

How do I register for a PLEN program?

PLEN uses online registration and no longer accepts paper or mailed registrations.

Why are there different fees for the same program?

Each program has a three-tiered fee structure based on whether a student is attending from a member college, associate member college, or from an institution that is not a PLEN member or associate member.

Can I receive academic credit for attending a PLEN program?

Many students receive academic credit for attending a PLEN program. Check with your academic advisor to see if your college or university grants credit for participation in a PLEN program. Students typically receive between 1 and 3 credits, depending on the PLEN program and the requirements of your advisor and institution. Some faculty members may require that you complete a paper or independent study/research project in conjunction with the PLEN program to receive credit. 

If I have recently graduated, can I still attend a PLEN program?

Yes, you may still attend a PLEN seminar. Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds and they are all at different stages in their academic careers.

What kinds of activities will I be participating in during a PLEN seminar?

Each seminar has its own format based on the topic of the program, and you should look at past program schedules to get a better idea of what the week’s activities will look like. However, all PLEN programs contain professional development activities such as networking, resume workshops, and informational interview practice. Most programs also include an evening networking reception and additional opportunities to bond with your peers and meet women leaders working in a variety of professional fields.

What does a typical day during the program look like?

Depending on the program, a day can last anywhere from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional activities and dinner receptions taking place later in the evening. The content of the program will vary from day to day, and may include site visits to various organizations and Federal agencies around D.C., trips to Capitol Hill, meeting with women leaders from a variety of fields, and participating in professional development workshops. We also try to set aside time during every program for students to do some sightseeing around D.C. and to bond with their peers.

What is appropriate dress for the programs?

You should plan on dressing in a semi-professional or business casual manner for the seminar sessions (trousers/skirts and blouses/blazers, etc.). We move around the city on most days and transportation will be by foot and subway, which may result in being on your feet for extended periods. Comfortable, yet appropriate shoes are a very good idea. Depending on the time of year, you should also bring warm, comfortable clothes for sightseeing on your time off.

How does transportation work during the program?

Students are responsible for their own transportation around D.C. PLEN will provide you with information about the D.C. metro system, which is very easy to use and conveniently located near all seminar meeting spaces. Students often choose to travel together to and from the hotel. A PLEN staff member will meet students at the Carlyle Suites hotel on the first morning of the seminar to show them how to find and use the metro system.