CSPC Hosts Presidential Fellows in Washington

Earlier this month, CSPC welcomed over 40 students to Washington, D.C. for the Fall Presidential and International Fellows Leadership Conference. The conference is the introductory event for CSPC’s year-long Presidential and International Fellowship. Now in its 48th iteration, the Fellowship offers university students the opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our President’s relationships with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. The centerpiece of the Fellowship is the students’ original research paper on the key issues of the past, present and/or future as they relate to the Presidency and Congress. This year’s cohort of Fellows hails from 31 schools across the United States, Panama, Mexico, Japan, and Canada.

Over the course of the conference, Fellows met with government officials, academics, and journalists to discuss topics ranging from the upcoming mid-term elections to U.S. foreign policy under the Trump administration. The Fellows joined CSPC’s annual awards dinner honoring Governor John Kasich and Governor John Hickenlooper, two public officials who embody the very spirit of cooperation that the Fellowship promotes. The International Fellows participated in pre-conference programming, which included visits to the Gettysburg battlefield, President Eisenhower’s residence, and the U.S. State Department, to understand the historical and political context of today’s policy challenges.

The Fellows will return in the spring for the closing conference to present their research and continue their engagement with Washington influencers and policy makers.

To learn more about the Center's Fellows Program click here.