Women in Global Policy

2018 Seminar Dates | May 14-18

Start your international policy career by connecting with women whose work has a global impact.

Global 14 Students at State

Seminar Highlights

College women will learn about foreign policy from distinguished women whose work makes a global impact during this week in Washington, DC. Students will hear from leaders advocating for humanitarian issues, citizens’ rights, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world.  See the 2016 Women in Global Policy seminar agenda.  See the infographic on the students who attended the 2014 seminar.

Dive into international policy issues: Participate in sessions where you will learn issue-specific information about an array of international policy issues from women professionals working in the field. Learn how to break into a policy career in these fields and get advice on which post-graduate degree may help you achieve your career goals.

Expand your network: Seminar speakers are Congressional leaders; diplomats; State Department leaders; officials in international organizations; think-tank researchers; and corporate and nonprofit advocates. Visit their offices to see where policies are made and ask questions about their daily work and career paths. Attend our annual Women in Global Policy Networking Reception to build your foreign policy network.

Develop your professional skills: Edit your résumé to land your first job or internship with the advice of a professional. Learn how to maintain the connections that you make during the seminar and how to negotiate your salary from a career coach.

Seminar Preparation

Ready to attend the seminar? Print out your preparation checklist today and use the presentation below to learn more about what you need to do prepare for your seminar in DC.


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Registration deadline: April 17, 2017  April 24, 2017

Seminar Fees

$425 for Students from PLEN Member Institutions (See if your school is a PLEN Member)
$725 for Students from Non-PLEN Schools

The seminar fee includes the $125.00 non-refundable registration fee and some meals, indicated on the seminar schedule that you will receive. Students are expected to pay for all other additional costs associated with attending the seminar, including travel, housing, and meals outside of the ones indicated.

Housing Costs (optional):

PLEN has negotiated a discount rate with the Carlyle Suites Hotel, located in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC. Please do not contact the hotel to make a reservation; PLEN will make the reservation for you.

$478.33 for a triple room
$702.50 for a double room


The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) provides need-based financial aid scholarships for outstanding students interested in attending the PLEN Women in STEM Policy Seminar.  PLEN scholarships will assist students in funding a portion and/or all of program and registration fees associated with attending the seminar. Student(s) awarded any level of scholarship will be responsible for funding their own transportation, meals and any remaining dues for program and registration fees not covered by the scholarship award.  Preference will be given to currently enrolled undergraduate women, but other current students are eligible to apply.

Download the scholarship application.

Scholarship deadline now extended: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern time. Please email completed applications to plen.scholarship@gmail.com. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will receive a confirmation that their scholarship application has been received within 24 hours of submission. All applicants will be notified by Tuesday, April 11 of their scholarship status. Students whose attendance at the seminar is contingent upon scholarship funding should not register for the seminar until they have been notified of their application status.

Further questions about the PLEN scholarship can be directed to plen.scholarship@gmail.com


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