Leadership in Trenton, Washington, D.C., and Beyond
Douglass’ Public Leadership Education Network chapter (PLEN) provides a wide array of programs to students interested in public policy. Opportunities include a range of seminars, lectures, and workshops in Washington, D.C., Trenton, NJ, and right here on the Douglass campus! In D.C., attend workshops designed to develop our nation's future leaders. At the PLEN Spring Forum, learn from experienced professionals who will share their wisdom and stories about public life. Round out your experience by applying for a paid-internship in the state capital, Trenton, NJ.
Build Your Network
Through your involvement in Douglass PLEN, you will have the chance to network with state and national leaders in law, public policy, and politics. From Governor Christine Todd Whitman to Douglass alumnae serving on high courts, you will encounter an array of professionals eager to help you jump-start your career. These students got the chance to meet NJ Senator Cory Booker!
The Student Experience
“We were introduced to different women who work in politics through the panels. At our Capitol Hill visit we were able to meet with women who work in legislator offices… I met women from Arizona and California and got to see the amazing things that they did... We had a number of panels that showed us different ways to have a career in politics.”– Jessica Resnick
The Public Leadership Education Network – Seminar in Washington, D.C.
For four decades, PLEN Douglass in D.C. has sent hundreds of Douglass students to Washington, D.C. to explore careers in policy and connect with women leaders. PLEN seminars, hosted by PLEN’s national headquarters in the nation’s capital, enhance class work and curriculum by giving students access to female leaders making and influencing public policy at the highest levels: in Congress, the courts, federal agencies, the private sector, policy research and advocacy organizations, and the media. Throughout seven seminars over the course of the year, students are introduced to role models, career paths, and skills trainings before they enter the workforce. More information about the seminars is available here. Applications for DRC students are due to the PLEN Coordinator seven weeks before the start of the seminar (see schedule below). For more information on the seminars themselves, hosted by PLEN HQ in Washington, D.C., please click here.
Women, Law and Legal Advocacy
Douglass Application Deadline: 9/12/19
Seminar Dates: October 24-26, 2019
Women in Health Policy
Douglass Application Deadline: 10/3/19
Seminar Dates: November 14-16, 2019
Women in STEM Policy
Douglass Application Deadline: 11/25/19
Seminar Dates: January 6-10, 2020
Women in Public Policy
Douglass Application Deadline: 12/5/19
Seminar Dates: January 13-17, 2020
Women Influencing Washington
Douglass Application Deadline: 2/06/20
Seminar Dates: March 16-20, 2020
Women in Global Policy
Douglass Application Deadline: 4/09/20
Seminar Dates: May 18-22, 2020
Email Zainab.email@example.com for application information.
The PLEN Forum is a spring lecture series that invites women in politics and public leadership to come and talk to students about their experiences. Held at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and held in conjunction with the political science course “Women and American Politics,” students get a unique opportunity to hear and learn first-hand from three political women about their experiences and paths to politics. A portion of seven class sessions over the course of the semester is devoted to PLEN Forum discussions with political women. This lecture series is a public event also open to DRC students who are not part of the course, however, being in the course offers students the rare opportunity to engage with these leaders and this mentoring often leads to further professional opportunities.
The Douglass PLEN Trenton Summer Internship is a highly competitive and long-standing Douglass program. For seven weeks during the summer, Douglass students are afforded the opportunity to intern in state departments and agencies in Trenton. The full-time placements are paid and are identified by areas of interest. During their experience, student interns work on substantive projects, attend meetings, engage in research, and participate in site visits under the leadership of their mentor. The mentors have proven to be deeply invested in promoting women’s leadership in government and public policy areas. In addition to the internship, students have the opportunity to complete an independent study in Political Science, through which they may pursue an academic project that builds on their experience in their department.
Douglass PLEN Coordinator
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Douglass Residential College
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*The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. As a PLEN member institution, Douglass Residential College students are able to attend PLEN programs in Washington, DC.