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Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

PLEN is a national consortium working to prepare women for public leadership. They are committed to preparing women for leadership in elected and appointed positions at all levels.

PLEN offers programs for women students from across the country. PLEN's seminars, conferences and internships in Washington, D.C., focus on the public process and the involvement of women. The teachers and mentors associated with PLEN are leaders in the federal government and national advocacy groups; women who influence and make public policy within the United States and around the globe. Hood is proud to have been a founding member of this organization and to offer scholarships for Hood students to these amazing seminars.

Are you interested in policy and politics? If so, consider applying for one of the PLEN seminars in Washington, D.C., this year!

Upcoming Seminars

  • Women, Law & Legal Advocacy
    Nov. 14-16, 2013
    Deadline to apply through the Career Center: Sept. 23, 2013
  • Science & Health Policy: Critical Issues
    Jan. 6-9, 2014
    Deadline to apply through the Career Center: November 4, 2013
  • Women’s Leadership in Public Policy
    Jan. 14-17, 2014
    Deadline to apply through the Career Center: Nov. 4, 2013
  • Unlocking Nonprofits: Innovations & Careers
    March 7 - 8, 2014
    Deadline to apply through the Career Center: Jan. 20, 2014
  • Leveraging Communication, Social Media & Technology for Policymaking
    March 21 - 22, 2014
    Deadline to apply through the Career Center: Jan. 27, 2014
  • Women and Policy in the Global Community
    May 19 - 23, 2014
    Deadline to apply through the Career Center: April 1, 2014

How to apply:

  1. Visit to read about the seminar options.
  2. Click here to download a scholarship application.  
  3. Complete the scholarship application and submit it to the Career Center, along with a letter of recommendation from a Hood faculty or staff member.

Note: Students not selected for the scholarships are encouraged to participate in PLEN programs at their own expense. Contact the Career Center at, or call ext. 3583 for registration information.

PLEN is located at 1001 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 872-1585
Fax: (202) 872-0141


The Women and Public Policy Internship Program is the only Washington, D.C., internship program devoted exclusively to women and public policy and designed specifically for women students.

PLEN places students in challenging public policy internships with research, government and advocacy organizations, helping them find the internship that best matches their interests and skills. Students receive individualized attention in the placement process and throughout the internship. Students work with and learn from women leaders who are outstanding mentors and role models. Interns frequently engage in research and writing projects and may be assigned to cover congressional hearings or monitor legislation.