Quick quiz for current students! Do you...
A.) Desire to learn more about working in federal government, national non-profits, and beyond from the experts?
B.) Want to network with professionals in public service careers?
C.) Dream of visiting some of DC's top sights?
If you picked A, B, or C, then you should sign up for the annual Washington DC Professional Development Trip! New and returning students are welcome to join us as we visit the offices of major agencies and organizations in our nation's Capitol. Last year's itinerary included panel talks wtih folks from the Council of State Governments, the National Governors' Association, the Social Security Administration, the Congressional Budget Office, and the American Red Cross. We also visited the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Education, the State Department, and toured the Capitol. It was a packed trip, and we don't expect this year's trip to be any different!
You likely have a few questions about the trip, and we've got answers! Read on for more information about the trip. If you would like to attend, e-mail Sarah Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 7.
How much does it cost?
We try to make this trip as affordable as possible for students. The Martin School pays for the single largest expense of this trip-- the hotel rooms. Students are responsible for meals and transportation. Students can choose to fly (tickets are hovering around $250 roundtrip right now) or drive in a carpool. We are happy to help arrange carpools, with the expectation that all passengers contribute to the cost of gas and parking in DC.
What about classes? Won't we miss them?
The faculty is aware of the dates of this trip. Work with your professors to reschedule any assignments.
How will we get around DC?
We will take the Metro! It's a great way to get around the city. We will travel together from place to place. You will also have a copy of all addresses, contact information, and the itinerary so that if we do happen to get separated, you will know where we are headed and how to get in contact with the group. With this being said, wear comfortable shoes!
How will we prepare for this trip?
We will meet as a group a couple of times before the trip to get to know each other, go over the schedule, and talk through expectations.