Election Week Program

Experience Washington during one of the most exciting and consequential times for our country!

Watch our nation’s future unfold in the heart of DC!

During our six-day/five-night Election Week Program, high school students meet new friends from across the country and experience the suspense of election night in Washington, DC!  

With upcoming elections promising to shape politics and policy for years, students take part in activities, seminars, and visits to Washington’s historical sites to help them understand what roles they, as citizens, can play in our democracy. Students learn about the electoral process, the importance of becoming educated on the issues, and how to get involved when they return home.  

 Close Up’s Election Week Program gives students the opportunity to:   

  • Experience monuments, memorials, and world-renowned Smithsonian museums where our history and culture come alive;   
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress;  
  • Meet face-to-face with their congressional delegation on Capitol Hill;   
  • Attend an exclusive election seminar with prominent DC insiders to discuss issues such as gerrymandering, youth voting, and campaign finance; and  
  • Enjoy a special dinner and election event as the returns come in!  


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Virtual Programs

See our upcoming opportunities for engaging virtual programming!
*Open to individual participants
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Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Summer Programs

National Youth Impact Summit

In partnership with Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab and NNSP, meet and deliberate with passionate students from across the country! Learn More >

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