Women in Public Policy

2019 Seminar Dates | Monday January 7 – Friday January 11
Scholarship Application Deadline |  November 15, 2018
Registration Deadline | November 29, 2018

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.

Seminar Highlights

2018 Seminar Photos • 2018 Seminar Agenda •  Student Experiences

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 Registration & Preparation

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 registration will open in August 2018.

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):

$328.00 for a triple room for 5 nights (Sunday-Friday)

$477.50 for a double room for 5 nights (Sunday-Friday)

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.


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 current students and recent graduates are welcome to apply.

The application window will open in August 2018.  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 our 2018 Women in Public Policy seminar sponsor!


Learn more about sponsoring a PLEN seminar.