The DC Experience

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Program Description
The DC Experience is a program designed for college and university students (18 years+) who have an interest in gaining a direct experience, exposure and understanding of how the political machine of Washington, DC functions in relation to their degree program and future internship/employment options. Each session is led by Results International Founder/CEO Dr. Phoenix Mourning-Star, who has extensive experience in national and international governmental affairs, non-governmental activities, science, research and preparing students for careers through mentoring. Students will spend a week in Washington, DC to see what professional life in DC is really like.
During one intensive week, students will become part of a focused team of professionals advancing their interests on a series of topics based upon their self-designated teams in our science or social tracks.
US Senate
Mornings will be spent in boardroom style interactive sessions developing personal brands, including: resumes, elevator pitches, memo writing, social-professional media image make-overs, preparing for interviews, job and internship applications and practicing presenting themselves in fast-paced, high pressure environments.
In the afternoons, participants will put their morning skills to the test on and around Capitol Hill at informational presentations, meetings and Q&A’s with lobbyists, Congressional Hearings, think-tanks, NGOs, government agencies, graduate admissions directors at DC area universities and after-work social events in the heart of the Nation’s Capitol. Applicants will get to meet with and discuss career options with professionals, managers and staff at the Environmental Protection, Department of Agriculture, Think Tanks and Senate and Congressional offices – apply here.
NEW in 2015!!
Introduction to Project Management: We will be offering sessions on corporate and government project management – learn to speak the language of leaders by getting introduced to theory, language and application of professional project management.
Foreign Service Officer Test: The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is a daunting exam required to become a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer. We will be offering sessions to give you tips on how to prepare for this challenging exam.
2016 Dates
Session 1: March 13-17
Session 2: March 20-24
Session 3: March 27-31
Session 4: May 29-June 2
Session 5: June 5-9
Session 6: August 14-18

Due to the generous donations by our new clients – we are able to reduce the previously advertized rate to $1,150/person for each session, this rate still includes registration, hotel (double-occupancy). Transportation is not included.
Group/package rates are available for groups of more than 5, scholarships and discounts are available for AmeriCorps students/alum, Rotary/RotarAct members, American Red Cross Lifeguards, Student Government leaders (elected and appointed)  and students from Campus Compact member campuses.

Prior Meetings in 2013, 2014 and 2015
Our prior cohort students have enjoyed peer and professional networking, active mentorship and attending meetings with such as:
Department of State
The George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs Graduate Admissions Directors
Environmental Protection Agency
The Smithsonian Associates
Offices of U.S. Senator Bennett
Department of Agriculture
Agency for International Development
Congressional Research Service and the Library of Congress
The Sierra Club
Forest Service
In each meeting, the representatives provide an in-depth presentation of their mission and how their work is impacted by current events of the recent elections, the sequester, changes in state department leadership, energy and international developments in Libya, Syria and North Korea. As part of the discussions, the students follow up the presentations with questions and have previously been extended a special invitation to sit in on the State Department Press Briefing.
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Endorsed By:

“Soul of a Citizen” author Paul Loeb





Some Quotes about our prior programs

“We heard from her more during this program than we have the whole time she’s been at college! This was by far the most excited we’ve heard her all year – she already wants to move to DC. This one week may have been worth as much as her entire college experience so far!”
– Parent of a student participant during airport pick-up.

“They’re amazing – these students are like ‘Environmental Avengers’! They give me hope for our future.”
– Dr. B. Jones; National Center for Environmental Research, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“I’m in my senior year in political science. I thought I knew what politics and political science was – the meetings taught me so much more than books or lectures.”
– Past Student, 2014 Alum

“Intense! We all were tired every day – just out of it. Every day was full, fun and full. The best part was that we didn’t just listen to people ramble – we had interactive conversations. I made some really great contacts.”
– 2013 Alum