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Washington, D.C. Careers in Public Policy Scholars – 2018

The Careers in Public Policy Scholars Program will expose interested Carleton sophomores and juniors from all majors to careers in public policy. Students selected to participate in the Scholars program will attend a networking workshop, an on-campus symposium, site visits in Washington, D.C., and an alumni networking event. The program also provides a required career readiness component through which participants will hone their resumes, develop professionalism and networking skills, and plan for career next steps.

Scholars program dates

  • Information session: Tuesday, January 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (RSVP via the Tunnel)
  • MANDATORY | Application deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (apply via the Tunnel)
  • Selections made and applicants notified: Monday, February 5
  • Accepted students must confirm participation: Tuesday, February 6
  • MANDATORY | Orientation: Thursday, February 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • MANDATORY | Networking workshop with Lee Caraher '86: Thursday, February 15, 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
  • Professional headshot and career materials workshop: Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • MANDATORY | On-campus symposium: Friday, March 16, all day
  • MANDATORY | Visits: Sunday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 21, all day
  • MANDATORY | Alumni networking event

Attendance at the orientation and networking workshop, the on-campus symposium, all site visits, and the alumni networking event is mandatory. If you have a conflict with any of these dates, you must meet with Sarah Wolfe and receive approval to apply to the program.

Career readiness component requirements

The Scholars program also entails a career readiness component. These requirements not only contribute to your learning and career development, but also help to ensure the long-term success of the Scholars program at Carleton.

Prior to on-campus symposium:

  •  Pre-trip survey
  •  Resume draft
  •  Elevator speech draft
  •  Tailored networking e-mail draft
  •  Student profile draft
  •  LinkedIn profile draft

During on-campus symposium:

  • Final resume
  • Final elevator speech and practice
  • Networking practice
  • Company research and presentation


  • Post-trip survey
  • Two-page reflection paper
  • Action plan for career next steps using Career Tracks
  • Practice interview with a career counselor

Public Policy Scholars Site Visits:

  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Google
  • Urban Institute
  • U.S. Government
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Home of Don Frost '83 & Carolyn Ferrari ‘83 | Alumni Networking Event

Successful applicants will:

  • Possess a genuine interest in careers in policy.
  • Be able to articulate what they want to learn from taking part in the program.
  • Be committed to completing program career readiness component requirements in a timely, thorough, and thoughtful manner.
  • Be willing and eager to engage with the alumni, employees at visit sites, and others during visits and networking events.
  • Represent the College well by exhibiting exemplary conduct on and off campus.
  • Be on time, reliable, and responsible.
  • Be in good academic standing.

Additional program logistics

  • Students will be housed in a hotel during the program.
  • Transportation will be provided for the site visits via flight, bus and public transit.
  • Carleton will cover travel, lodging, and some meal expenses.


Contact Sarah Wolfe at or Ashley Belisle at

Career Center pages maintained by Andrea Kubinski
This page was last updated on 19 October 2018