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Fall – Leadership & the American Presidency



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Fall 2019
August 28 - December 13

Early Deadline: March 1
Priority Deadline: April 15
Final Deadline: June 3

When you picture your future, do you see yourself working to address issues that impact your community or the world? Do you have integrity and possess the qualities of a visionary leader? If so, this is the program for you.

Spend 15 weeks in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and the world who are passionate about making a difference through strong leadership. The intensive and immersive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience and special events with prominent public leaders.

Capital Semester on Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) is a fall semester program offered by The Fund for American Studies in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. It will help you define and strengthen your leadership skills and learn lessons from the American Presidency, all while giving you an insider’s view of Washington. By the end of the summer you may be ready to call DC home!

ILAP_RR_OvalOfficeEmployers are looking for recent graduates with experience, and the best way to stand out after graduation is to complete this unique program that focuses on developing practical, civic-minded leaders grounded in experiential education and an internship. In fact, employers give twice as much weight to graduates' work experience as to their academic credentials, according to a 2012 survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education as noted in a November 13, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal.

RRPFI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of liberty, opportunity, democracy, and national pride. The Fund for American Studies has sponsored academic internship programs in Washington, DC for nearly 50 years. Our objective is to provide a real-world professional and academic experience for college students to help prepare them for responsible leadership in the future.

 Program Format

LTAP consists of the following major components:

  • LIVE: Housing in historic furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the oldest residential neighborhood in DC . Just blocks from the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, & the Supreme Court
  • LEARN: Academic courses in international economics and government with credit through George Mason University.  GMU was recently named one of the top 100 research universities in the U.S. by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • INTERN: Internships with government agencies, Congressional offices, policy groups, think tanks, media outlets and nonprofit organizations throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.
  • CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures and panel discussions featuring public policy, foreign affairs and economics experts, professional development seminars, networking events, and much more!

Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your semester in DC an experience to remember:

  • Roommate matching with other program students based upon compatibility criteria.
  • Easy access to the safe and affordable Metro train and bus system.
  • Full access to campus resources, including libraries, computer labs and more.
  • Comprehensive orientation to the program, housing and the city upon your arrival.
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about your internship placement, financial aid and general questions in the months leading up to the program.
  • Continued staff support while you are in Washington to ensure that you have an amazing experience.
  • A mentor program where you will be matched with a DC professional in your field of interest.
  • Planned social events where you can connect with the other student leaders participating in the program. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, volunteer projects, a guided tour of the monuments, a trip to Mt.Vernon and much more.
  • An active network of nearly 17,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the tabs to your left to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the “Apply Online” link on the left-hand menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see “Contact Us” for details on how to reach us.


Sample Schedule

Please note that the sample schedule is subject to change.

9:00am - 5:00pm – Internships

9:00am - 5:00pm – Internships

9:00am - 5:00pm – Internships

9:00am - 3:00pm – Internships
4:30pm - 7:00pm – International Economic Policy

9:00am - 11:30am – The American Presidency
1:30pm - 3:30pm – Internship Seminar