Prepare to leave a mark on the world.
New for the Fall 2019 semester!
Washington Connections is a semester-long immersive experience that provides participants with a deeper understanding of the American political system, equips them with skills to engage as members of a civic community, and prepares them for lives and careers as agents of change.
This program will take place in three parts:
- The first several workshops will focus on identifying challenges facing our nation. Training will enable participants to confront these challenges and to participate in difficult conversations. This component will prepare students to make the most of their time in D.C.
- The second component is an immersive trip to Washington D.C. to meet with Gettysburg College alumni and other D.C. professionals in the environment where they live and work. This experience will allow participants to deepen their understanding of the American political system while exposing them to the breadth of public service careers in politics, advocacy, lobbying, diplomacy, and other fields.
- The final workshops will prepare participants to make an impact on the world by promoting opportunities for civic engagement and service to others.
If through education--no matter how acquired--people develop understanding of basic issues, and so can distinguish between the common, long-term good of all, on the one hand, and convenient but shortsighted expediency on the other, they will support policies under which the nation will prosper. And if people should ever lack the discernment to understand, or the character to rise above their own selfish short-term interests, free government would become well nigh impossible to sustain.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gettysburg College, April 4, 1959