Women in Public Policy

2017 Seminar Dates | January 3 – 7, 2017
2018 Seminar Dates | To Be Announced

The public policy arena offers endless career opportunities, from government service to issue-based advocacy for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. College women will explore how to influence the policy issues they are passionate about and learn the range of professional opportunities and skills required to be successful.  Over the course of the seminar, students will network and learn from female leaders on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations.

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Seminar Highlights

2014 Women in Public Policy seminar students infographic • 2016 Women in Public Policy seminar agenda • 2017 Women in Public Policy seminar photos

Discuss current issues: Learn about the policy issues that make our nation’s headlines from the women who work to advance policy every day.

Launch your career: Coaching sessions on topics such as networking, resume writing, and informational interviews offer extraordinary advantages for finding jobs and fellowships. Learn how to network successfully and then practice your networking skills with policy leaders from a variety backgrounds at our Networking Reception.

Discover new policy issues: Seminar speakers have worked on issues ranging from finance to sustainability to social justice, and come from the private, public, and government sectors. Find a policy issue that moves you and get advice on how to start your career in that field.

Seminar Fees

Seminar Fee:

$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.



The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) provides need-based scholarships for outstanding students interested in attending the PLEN Women in Public Policy seminar in January 2017.  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 housing, 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.

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


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