What Can PLEN Do For You?

College women who attend PLEN seminars in Washington, D.C. gain the knowledge, skills, and connections to pursue policy careers.

PLEN is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. 

Public Leadership Education Network

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the place to be if you are a college woman interested in exploring a career in public policy.  PLEN is unique: nowhere else in Washington, D.C. can students learn how Washington really works from a faculty comprised exclusively of women leaders who make and influence public policy every day. These women are members of Congress, major judicial figures, presidential advisors, senior government leaders, veteran nonprofit advocates and corporate lobbyists.

PLEN offers seminars where, in 3-5 days, a student can discover how Washington really works, network with high-level women policymakers, and connect with people who can help her secure an internship, open doors to jobs, and launch her career. Additionally, through PLEN you can secure a Summer internship directed at your specific interests.

PLEN programs also offer other unique professional development opportunities, including salary negotiation, resume workshops and informational interviews.

Wilson College is proud to be a member institution of the Public Leadership Education Network; as a student you will receive discounts on all PLEN seminars and internships and preference in the awarding of corporate program scholarships.

Many past participants see the effects of their PLEN experience well into their careers. Click here for more information.

2013-2014 Seminar Schedule

Women, Law & Legal Advocacy (November 14-16)

College women considering careers in the law will explore the connections between legal careers and the legislative process in Washington, D.C. This seminar exposes students to a range of professional opportunities related to law, from issue advocacy to government service.

For more information, visit http://plen.org/programs/seminars/law/.

Science and Health Policy: Critical Issues (January 6-9)

This seminar offers college women a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from female scientists, leading health experts, and medical researchers who are shaping our nation’s agenda in this critical policy arena. Students will connect with senior women influencing the field from government, nonprofits, and the private sector to gain an appreciation for how they have contributed to growth in the sector and learn professional development skills from women who have pursued successful science policy careers.

For more information, visit  http://plen.org/programs/seminars/science/.

Women's Leadership in Public Policy (January 14-17)

Career options in the public policy field are endless. College women will explore how to influence the issues they care about and understand the range of professional opportunities and skills required to be successful in each. Students will learn how to launch their career from the women who shape policy in Washington, D.C. during PLEN’s premiere leadership and professional development seminar.

  • Half Day Breakout Session where students are divided into senior/juniors and sophomores/freshmen
  • Proposed panels/modules on: Energy and the Environment, Finance/ Tax Policy, Education Policy, National Security, Global Business

For more information, visit http://plen.org/programs/seminars/public-policy/.

NEW! Unlocking Nonprofits: Innovations & Careers (March 7-8)

Nonprofit careers offer women an array of opportunities to contribute and excel in leadership positions. College women will learn from professional women who work in nonprofit advocacy, direct service, policy, research, and fundraising in this two-day seminar in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit http://plen.org/programs/seminars/nonprofit/.

NEW! Leveraging Communication, Social Media & Technology for Policymaking (March 21-22)

A seminar for young women who would like a career in communications or want to better understand how communications, technology, and social media are leveraged to influence public policy. Learn about the career opportunities in this continuously evolving field and gain insight on skills required for leadership in any sector.

For more information, visit http://plen.org/programs/seminars/technology/.

Women & Policy in the Global Community (May 19-23)

College women will learn about international policy from women whose work impacts the entire world during this week in Washington, D.C. Students will hear from women leaders advocating for humanitarian issues and other citizens’ rights on behalf of those in most need in an increasingly interconnected world while developing the professional skills needed for an international career.

Focus areas: International Development & International Security

For more information, visit http://plen.org/programs/seminars/global/.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

The PLEN Science and Health Policy seminar not only broadened my knowledge about the confluence of public health and policy, but also exposed me to incredible women, who had taken unconventional career paths to arrive at the amazing place they are in now. Their passion for their work and their desire to make a positive impact on the world was contagious. I came out of PLEN with a newfound confidence in myself, and the comfort of the knowledge that it is okay to embrace the less traveled path in order to achieve your goals.

Submitted by Jyotsna Dhakal, after attending PLEN's January 2014 PLEN Science and Health Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.

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