Leadership Development

PLEN at Douglass

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) at Douglass Residential College offers numerous opportunities for students to build their leadership skills and to network with some of the biggest women leaders in the fields of politics and public policy. These opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Seminars in Washington, D.C. (Year-Round)

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).

The Public Leadership Education Network – Seminars in Washington, D.C.

2019-2020 Seminars: 

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.alam@echo.rutgers.edu for application information.

PLEN Forum (Spring)

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. 

Trenton Summer Internship (Summer)

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.

Questions about PLEN?

Please contact:

Zainab Alam

Douglass PLEN Coordinator

Email: plen@echo.rutgers.edu

100 Carpender Hall

Douglass Residential College

Rutgers, The State University


*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.