Washington Leadership Program

Each summer since 1989, CAPAL has organized the Washington Leadership Program (WLP) for interns and young professionals in Washington, DC. For the last two decades, WLP has been the only educational and leadership development working series in Washington, DC that focuses specifically on the APA community and our role in public policy. The series of free evening programs are intended to supplement a Washington, DC internship experience.

WLP sessions range from panel discussions to policy debates among experts. Please sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on our 2015 WLP sessions!

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