Alumni find many ways to put the skills they learn through Close Up programs into practice. We are shining a spotlight on those doing extraordinary things at all stages in their academic and professional lives. Read our interviews with former students, teachers, and staff to learn about their experiences and accomplishments.


Randy Schipper - Student Alumnus ’77, PI ’83

December 2017

Randy Schipper is one of a select few who are alumni twice over. He first came as a student in 1977 from Rogers High School in Wyoming, MI, and later worked as a Program Instructor in 1983. He could fill volumes with Close Up memories and anecdotes, especially a lunch with Sen. Bob Dole that had a major impact on his career choices.

Read Randy's Full Interview Here

Geoff Browning - Student Alumnus ’04

December 2017

Geoff Browning knows his way around Capitol Hill, having worked since 2010 in the House of Representatives. He found a spark of inspiration to pursue a career in Congress while participating in Close Up programs in 2004 and 2005 as an upperclassman at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, PA.

Read Geoff's Full Interview Here


"I recently graduated with a B.A. in political science and am now working in the environmental non-profit field. I am planning on attending law school a year from now. The Close Up Program helped me realize how much I want to be a part of shaping government and politics. As a result, I am dedicating my life to public service."

   – Chyanne, Student, MO
Educating for democracy since 1971