The Penn in Washington summer program is open to all students of the University of Pennsylvania spending the summer in Washington, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. There is no cost for the program. Between June 15 and August 1 of each year, we organize the following:
Networking events: There will be approximately seven networking events, mostly on Fridays at lunch hour. A group of alumni who share a particular career path will be invited to meet students. Topics in past summers have included: Law/Lobbying , Government consulting, Politics/campaigns, Working on the Hill, Public relations, Think tanks/Advocacy organizations, and Media. Students will be able to sign up for at least one networking event and possibly more than one based on availability.
Special Events: There are several events that have been very popular in past years and which are likely to be scheduled regularly. The opening reception is an opportunity to meet each other and a few alumni. At the State Department lunch you will meet alumni who are foreign service officers, ambassadors, and others working at the State Department, and our last big event of the summer is a social with the DC Penn Club.
PIW Student Group Led Events: In their first year (2010) the student group arranged several informal social events, several of which were joint events with other universities with summer programs including Michigan, Harvard and Yale. These are not PIW sponsored; any costs are incurred by participating individuals.
Informational Interviews: Program director Deirdre Martinez is happy to match you with one or more Penn alumni who are living and working in Washington and can provide another valuable perspective on how Washington works as well as more practical career guidance. If you are interested in this, email Dr. Martinez once the summer is underway at email@example.com with a description of the type of person you would be interested in meeting.
In order to participate in the above, you will need to register for the summer program. Registrants will receive emails when the event signup system is open to them. Further instructions and program details are on the registration form.