Women and Congress

2018 Seminar Dates | Monday March 12 – Friday March 16
Scholarship Application EXTENDED Deadline | February 8, 2018
Registration EXTENDED Deadline | February 16, 2018

College women considering careers in policy will learn about the legislative process in Washington, D.C. and explore hot-button issues on the Hill. This seminar exposes students to a range of professional opportunities in and related to Congress, from lobbying to working on a Senate or House Committee.


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Create a professional network: In five days, students considering a career in policy or politics will learn from women who work on the Hill every day. Speakers include senior to mid-level women professionals, as well as women who are just launching their Washington, D.C. careers.

Develop your professional skills: Practice your interview skills, perfect your salary negotiation skills, and review your resume during our various professional development workshops. Cultivate your networking skills at our annual Mentor Awards program, held during our Women and Congress seminar.

Become a leader: Learn about leadership skills, goal-setting, and work-life balance from women who excel in political and policy fields. Make connections with student leaders from across the country who will become your future colleagues in Washington, D.C.

Seminar Registration & Preparation

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Ready to attend the seminar?  Check out the student portal for important resources and necessary documents to fill out and submit before you arrive in D.C.

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):

$445 for a triple room
$652.50 for a double room

PLEN has negotiated a discount rate with the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel in Washington, D.C. 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 financial aid scholarships for outstanding students interested in attending any 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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more about applying for a scholarship here.

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


Thank you to the 2017 Women and Congress Seminar sponsors!


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