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. This year’s WLP topics include topics such as immigration reform, economic policy, violence in the APA community, and career reflections.

Registration is currently closed. Please stay tuned for the 2014 Washington Leadership Program!


 Washington Leadership Program


 Washington Leadership ProgramWLP has traditionally been held in the U.S. Capitol.

Missed a WLP 2013 Session? Read about the Sessions below!

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