For 40 years, PLEN has brought thousands of women and marginalized gender groups from across the country to Washington, D.C. to explore careers in policy and connect with public policy leaders. PLEN seminars enhance class work and curriculum by giving students valuable access to public policy leaders in Washington, D.C. from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

2023-2024 Seminars

October 9 - 11, 2023

Women's Voices in Health Policy

At the three-day Health Policy seminar, college students from across the U.S. considering a career in health policy will learn how to make an impact in the legislative and political processes, explore hot-button issues on Capitol Hill, and expand their professional networks in Washington, DC and beyond. 

public policy

JANUARY 8 - 12, 2024

Participants 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 leaders on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations.


March 9 - 11, 2024

This seminar offers students a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from leaders in science, health, and technology who are shaping our nation’s STEM agenda. Students will connect with senior officials in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors

Global policy

may 13 - 17, 2024

At the five-day Global Policy seminar, participants will learn how to launch their international policy career through participating in policy discussions, diplomacy simulations, and connecting with leaders who are shaping policy in DC and across the world.

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