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Penn in Washington Summer Signup

SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, there will be no in-person summer PIW this year. We will instead be organizing alumni networking chats and workshops. Sign up for the 'Academic Year Listserv' on our homepage to learn more.

The Penn in Washington Summer in D.C. is open to all Penn students spending the summer in Washington, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors to graduate students. The program is completely free and consists of dozens of events throughout the summer connecting students with alumni in various fields. Summer events typically are scheduled between June 1st and July 31st. If you wish to participate, sign up for the summer listserv from our homepage. At the beginning of summer we will start sending weekly emails with upcoming event details and instructions on how to RSVP.  Please note this is not a structured program; there are no course offerings, no application process, no formal assistance with internship placements, no shared housing. The bulk of our programming happens during the semester, both in D.C. and on campus. Over the summer we are basically connecting students and alumni.

Informational Interviews:
PIW has a network of almost a thousand alumni who are happy to meet Penn students.  Students have met with alumni who work in Congress, consulting and the private sector, media and strategic communications, politics, government, law, health policy, education policy, tech policy, economic policy, environmental and energy policy, justice policy, and international relations. Students who sign up for the summer program (on our homepage) will recieve further instructions after June 1 on setting up these interviews.

Speaker Events:
We are grateful to have access to the Penn Biden Center for larger group events that pull both from the PIW network and the Penn Biden Center network. Details on events are in the summer weekly.


Information Sessions:

In order to provide Penn in Washington students with the best possible chance of returning to D.C. full-time, we partner with a variety of employers to offer information sessions at their D.C. offices near the end of the summer. Summer 2017's participants included: Deloitte Federal Consulting, Avascent, BCG, and Hamilton Place Strategies.