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Build Your Leadership Potential

The Washington Center produces not only future leaders in their career fields but also well-informed citizens who are engaged with their communities across the world. By taking part in the LEAD Colloquium (which was previously known as the Leadership Forum) every Friday, you get to hear from and engage with professionals in a variety of settings. You also get involved in the D.C. community and make a real difference. LEAD stands for Leadership, Engagement, Achievement and Development. Depending on the week, your syllabus will include:


Colloquium Groups

You'll meet regularly with your LEAD instructor in a group of around 16 students to have discussions about critical reflection, leadership and other topics.

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Professional Tracks

Along with students who share your professional interests, you'll benefit from panel discussions, site visits and briefings that give you a uniquely D.C. experience.

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The Alan K. Simpson-Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series (SMLS)

During these events, you'll hear the perspectives and experiences of distinguished leaders from the business, nonprofit, media, government and diplomatic fields. Past topics of conversation include the role of the United States in the world, race in America and the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Civic Engagement

For more than three decades, civic engagement has been an integral part of The Washington Center’s internship program. The purpose of Civic Engagement at TWC is to help students become well-informed citizen with the ability to understand and define issues of social concern and strategies for addressing them through political and non-political action. You'll further develop the skills needed to make a difference in the community and strengthen your professional development through educational sessions, direct service (either volunteering or advocacy), participate in a policy dialogue, and engage in discussions through the Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series.

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Career Boot Camp

You'll prepare for the job search by learning, observing and applying strategies that will make you stand out as a candidate.

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Global Citizenship Day (fall and spring only)

Along with students from many other countries, you'll enhance several cross-cultural skills that will arm you to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Experience a Day in the Life of an Intern at The Washington Center

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