Election Week Program

Experience Washington during one of the most exciting and pivotal moments in our country! 

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

During our 6-day/5-night Election Week Program, students will meet new friends from across the country and experience the suspense of a presidential election in Washington, DC! 

As the upcoming election promises to shape politics and policy for the next several years, students will take part in activities, seminars, and visits to Washington’s most historic sites to help them understand what roles they, as citizens, can play in our democracy. By engaging in election-themed activities, students learn about the electoral processthe importance of becoming educated about the issues, and how to get involved when they return home. 

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

  • Experience the world-renowned Smithsonian museums where our country’s history, art, 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 issues seminar with prominent DC insiders to discuss issues such as gerrymandering, youth voting, and PACs; and 
  • Enjoy a special dinner and election event as the voting results come in! 

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




Washington, DC

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

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Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government with visits to two of America’s most important cities!

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Create Your Own Program

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in DC and other historic sites on the east coast with this fully customizable program.

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Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC!

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New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students.

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Partner Programs

Explore these programs designed for individual students who want in-depth knowledge of specific policy issues.

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Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Better understand the evolution of American democracy with visits to our nation’s most historic cities.

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Asia Pacific Program 

Learn about the power of foreign policy through an international relations simulation in the heart of Hawaii!

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American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country through one of three exclusive programs offered in the nation’s capital.

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