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Leadership And The American Presidency Fall Semester Program

EARLY DEADLINE: March 1, 2016



You have the chance to put your leadership skills to the test – and what better classroom than Washington, D.C. this fall? The White House, the U.S. Capitol, and monuments all present unique learning opportunities and a once in a lifetime backdrop for your classes and internship. You will also have the privilege to have a front row seat to the historic 2016 presidential election. 

This program will allow you to examine of some of the greatest leadership challenges in the history of our country from the viewpoint of the President of the United States. George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal. Franklin Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor. JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ronald Reagan urging Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” 

What does it mean to lead successfully? How do leaders learn to communicate effectively? How do great leaders respond in times of crisis? How can leaders make the world a better place? This program will connect you with some of the most thoughtful, well-regarded, and recognizable leaders of today. Public servants, journalists, entrepreneurs, and other leaders from across sectors will share their stories of leadership with each cohort.

Leadership cannot be learned only in a classroom. Leadership and the American Presidency challenges you through a series of interactive simulations, case studies, and real-world scenarios that will test and improve your ability as a leader.

The program includes housing, internship placement and support, as well as a rigorous and accredited full time academic course load.

  • LIVE: Housing in fully furnished apartments on Capitol Hill, just steps from the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
  • LEARN: 12 transferrable academic credits in economics and government accredited by George Mason University. 
  • INTERN: Internships with government agencies, Congressional offices, public policy think tanks, international affairs groups, nonprofit organizations, and law firms throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.
  • CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures featuring influential and thoughtful leaders, networking events and much more!

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of March 1, 2016 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of June 1, 2016.

Generous scholarships are available to students based on financial need and merit. To learn more about the program and to begin an online application please visit

Questions may be directed to Matt Phister at 202-509-8948 or