The Alumni Insider’s View on Making the Most of a Congressional Office Internship

The U.S. Senate Youth Program encourages motivated and high-achieving young leaders to be directly involved in our participatory democracy. Countless delegates leave Washington Week wanting to get a deeper view into the workings of the legislative branch – either by returning to D.C. or working in their senator’s or representative’s state offices. We caught up with a few recent USSYP alumni who interned on Capitol …

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Anderson House and the Society of the Cincinnati

The 2016 United States Senate Youth delegates had a unique opportunity to visit a lavish and historic D.C. mansion that is home to the Society of the Cincinnati, and to hear from one of the nation’s renowned scholars of the Revolutionary War era. Welcoming the group to the magnificent Anderson House was historian Jack Warren, the executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation’s …

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USSYP Alumni Reflect on Amazing and Intense Experiences at the National Party Conventions

USSYP Alumni Reflect on Amazing and Intense Experiences at the National Party Conventions. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a delegate or work at a national political convention? Several of our USSYP alumni did just that and we thank the individuals listed below for telling us how those experiences changed and shaped their views. Read on to find out what …

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Alaska Students Come From Far Away for Washington Week but Soon Feel Right At Home

Alaska Delegates Lucas Arthur and Kiera O’Brien with Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan at the 2016 USSYP Annual Senate Reception Alaska students must make a long journey to attend Washington Week. In fact, to be assured of arriving for the official start time of the program, Alaska delegates usually have to miss school and fly a day early, as they have to change planes at least …

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USSYP Senate Co-Chair Showcase

Each year, the U.S. Senate Youth Program asks two sitting senators, one from each party, to serve as active Co-Chairs, each committing to an evening keynote speaking event that gives the students a rare chance to hear personal stories and career and life advice from some of the most influential elected officials in the country.  Co-Chairs have used humor, rousing enthusiasm, quiet personal reflection and …

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View from Abroad: the United States Senate Youth Program Ambassador Luncheon

Have you ever considered a career in diplomacy? Many Senate Youth delegates are passionate about international relations, so it is a cherished Washington Week tradition to welcome Washington’s diplomatic elite at the Annual Ambassador Luncheon. Invariably the Ambassadors offer delegates a deeper perspective on international affairs, foreign policy and America itself. In addition to providing an overview of their home countries’ politics, history and culture, the Ambassadors also share …

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Leaders Behind the Scenes – Senate Secretary Julie Adams

Almost every American interested in current events is familiar with political leaders who are in the headlines every day.  However, during Washington Week Senate Youth delegates go beyond the headline-makers and meet several of the dedicated and powerful behind-the-scenes leaders in our Capitol. Spending the morning with the Secretary of the Senate and the Senate Parliamentarian is always a highlight of Washington Week, and at …

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Back to School Reading: 2015 Yearbook Hot Off the Presses

Back to School Reading:  2015 Yearbook Hot Off the Presses The annual United States Senate Youth Program yearbook, which hit the shelves this summer, makes great September reading for anyone interested in government, education, leadership and public service.  The USSYP yearbook is distributed in hard copy as a lifetime keepsake for the student delegates, featuring beautiful photos and comprehensive summaries of the fantastic speaking events …

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Student Perspectives: Oh, The Places We Went!

Martin Luther King Memorial For me, the Washington Week experience served as a call to action: to campaign for justice and equality, to seek creative and inclusive solutions, and to use my talents for the betterment of my nation. Devyn Rigsby, IL – 2015 Arlington Cemetery The most impactful experience of my week was on the last day walking through the Arlington National Cemetery. I saw …

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