Washington Leadership Program

The 2017 Washington Leadership Program (WLP) seeks to present storytelling as a vehicle to teach and inspire change in public service.  Through five weekly sessions over the summer, WLP introduces students to Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) storytellers in public service who can inform and inspire students’ own civic engagement.

Registration for our 2017 Washington Leadership Program Sessions will open on May 7. Check the links below or sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on our 2017 WLP season!

2017 WLP Sessions: Our Nation, Our Narrative


2016 WLP Sessions: Redefining Public Service


2015 WLP Sessions     (Give us your feedback HERE)


2014 WLP Sessions

  • Session I: Opening Ceremony
  • Session II: Immigration
  • Session III: Race Relations
  • Session IV: Coalition Building
  • Session V: Mental Health
  • Session VI: Career Reflections
  • Session VII: Closing Ceremony


2013 WLP Sessions

CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program seminars afforded me invaluable opportunities to consolidate my knowledge of various political issues, such as immigration reform and economic policy developments. Of course, this is to say nothing of the fellow interns, board members, and other professionals I met through the program, whose camaraderie and wisdom enlivened my DC stay in countless manners. Needless to say, this summer isn’t one I’m likely to forget anytime soon.

– Katherine Tu, University of Chicago—Sustainable Operations, Forest Service, USDA

The Washington Leadership Program gave me valuable insight to various aspects of our nation’s politics and gave me the chance to meet several inspirational individuals. Being a part of the CAPAL family made this summer memorable.

-Sara Yang, University of Georgia—Food Surveys Research Group, Agricultural Research Service, USDA