Become a Member Institution

Women are still significantly under-represented in this country’s public decision-making process, as members of legislative bodies, the courts, government agencies, non-profit groups, and private corporations that impact policy. College women who participate in our programs are uniquely prepared to enter the public leadership pipeline because of their experience with PLEN. As a national leadership organization committed to educating and training the next generation of women leaders, PLEN and our members share the conviction that programs designed specifically for women are critical to the development of women leaders in our society.

Founded in 1978 by a consortium of women’s colleges, PLEN has served thousands of women since our first Women & Public Policy Seminar in 1983. In recent years, 45 percent of our students are women of color or from groups under-represented in the policy arena. Additionally, nontraditional students attend who use this experience to launch a new career.


Student benefits

Real world experience: Member institutions offer their students unparalleled opportunities through PLEN by complementing their on-campus curriculum with real-world, skill building and career networking experiences in Washington, D.C. Our career launching programs strongly influence our participants, with eight out of ten students saying their PLEN experience will strongly influence their academic and career decisions.

Life long connections: Now more than ever, college women are pursuing public leadership careers and see participation in PLEN programs as critical to achieving their goals. Our high-quality programming offers students the chance to explore a variety of possible careers, learn what it takes to get there, and connect with women all over the country who have similar interests and ambition.

Professional development: Students who have participated in PLEN have an advantage in applying for jobs and grad school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 60 percent of Americans get their job through networking. PLEN’s rich and diverse network of alumna, speakers, and other volunteers provide our students with life-long career resources and support. Notable active PLEN alumnae include Alejandra Ceja, Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Christine Turner, Director at National Security Council, The White House; and Laurie Halverson, State House Representative, Minnesota.


Institution Benefits

Strong academic network: PLEN member schools are a network of the preeminent academic institutions across the country who are committed to advancing women’s leadership. PLEN Campus Representatives at each member school can create national connections with like-minded higher education administrators through PLEN. Students from member schools have the unique opportunity of meeting with their peers from across the country while participating in a seminar in Washington, D.C.

Financial aid: Member colleges know that their institution, faculty, and students realize considerable financial savings through membership in PLEN. Students at member institutions enjoy program fee discounts of nearly 50 percent. Member colleges appreciate the monetary and personnel resources they save because PLEN offers six annual public policy and leadership programs in Washington, D.C. The annual membership contribution to PLEN is small compared to the cost to a single institution of mounting high quality program offerings like PLEN’s.

Recruitment: PLEN membership offers institutions a recruiting edge. Prospective students are made aware that an impressive array of opportunities will be available to them at a PLEN member institution. Parents are keenly interested in the career connections offered students by PLEN through internships and direct contact with women leaders who open career doors for students and serve as mentors. Member schools can showcase the connections that their students make in Washington, D.C. through PLEN by featuring program schedules and photos of students meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, as well women members of the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate in admission and alumni publications.


Membership Levels

Students from PLEN member institutions receive discounts on all PLEN seminars. Membership is open to all colleges and universities and subsets within them such as political science departments, women’s studies programs, women’s centers, and career development centers.

Full Membership

School Dues: $3,000 per year.  Membership fees are paid in the summer, which provides students with discounted prices throughout the academic year.

Benefits:

  • 50% off seminar fees
  • Opportunity to connect with over 4,000 PLEN alumnae
  • Opportunity to participate in group conference calls with other member schools
  • Recruitment resources and templates
  • Invitations to exclusive DC events
Associate Membership

School Dues: $1,500 per year (up to 3 years.) Membership fees are paid in the summer, which provides students with discounted prices throughout the academic year.

Once a school reaches its 3rd year of associate membership, it must decide whether to transition into a full member institution or to keep sending students individually but at full cost.

Benefits:

  • 25% off seminar fees
  • Opportunity to connect with over 4,000 PLEN alumnae
  • Opportunity to participate in group conference calls with other member schools
  • Recruitment resources and templates
  • Invitations to exclusive DC events
Consortium Membership

School Dues: $5,000 per year. Membership fees are paid in the summer, which provides students with discounted prices throughout the academic year.

No more than 3 schools may join as part of a consortium membership. Consortium members must designate one PLEN Member Representative to represent the consortium.

Benefits:

  • 50% off seminar fees
  • Opportunity to connect with over 4,000 PLEN alumnae
  • Allows schools to share resources and still reap the benefits of PLEN membership
  • Opportunity to participate in group conference calls with other member schools
  • Recruitment resources and templates
  • Invitations to exclusive DC events

If your institution is interested in becoming a member, please contact us at plen@plen.org or at (202) 872-1585.

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Seminar Fees for PLEN Programs:

Women Law and Legal Advocacy:

$325 for students from full and consortium member institutions • $425 for students from associate member institutions • $525 for students from non-member institutions

Women in Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership

$325 for students from full and consortium member institutions • $425 for students from associate member institutions • $525 for students from non-member institutions

Women in STEM Policy:

$425 for students from full and consortium member institutions • $575 for students from associate member institutions • $725 for students from non-member institutions

Women in Public Policy:

$425 for students from full and consortium member institutions • $575 for students from associate member institutions • $725 for students from non-member institutions

Women and Congress:

$425 for students from full and consortium member institutions • $575 for students from associate member institutions • $725 for students from non-member institutions

Women in Global Policy:

$425 for students from full and consortium member institutions • $575 for students from associate member institutions • $725 for students from non-member institutions


PLEN Member Institutions

Full Members
Associate Members