Head to Washington D.C.
Douglass’ chapter of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) provides a wide array of programs to students interested in public policy. Through your involvement in Douglass PLEN, you will have the chance to land an internship in Trenton, attend workshops in D.C., and network with state and national leaders in law, public policy, and politics.
PLEN seminars, hosted by PLEN’s national headquarters in the nation’s capital, enhance classwork by giving students access to leaders making and influencing public policy at the highest levels: in Congress, the courts, federal agencies, the private sector, policy research, advocacy organizations, and the media. Throughout 7 seminars over the course of the year, students are introduced to role models, career paths, and skills trainings before they enter the workforce.
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 professionals about their experiences and paths to politics.
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 assigned according to area of interest.
The PLEN Women in Public Policy Lecture, sponsored by Marilyn Marolda Steiner DC’65, brings a prominent women in politics to campus for an annual lecture. Last year's lecture featured Dr. Susan Martin DC'68 of Georgetown University.
Women of Color Influencing Washington (Virtual Seminar)
Douglass Application Deadline: October 22, 2021
Seminar Dates: November 12-14, 2021
Public Policy (Virtual Seminar)
Douglass Application Deadline: December 15, 2021
Seminar Dates: January 10-14, 2022
Women and Work in America (Virtual Seminar)
Douglass Application Deadline: January 10, 2022
Seminar Dates: February 10-11, 2022
STEM Policy (In-Person Seminar)
Douglass Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Seminar Dates: March 15-17, 2022
Global Policy (In-Person Seminar)
Douglass Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
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There are no open applications for PLEN at this time. Check back here for more information!