President's First Week Program

Examine the president’s plan for the first 100 days of office in the heart of the nation’s capital! 

The White House in Washington, DC on a sunny spring day Shadow

Consider the future of our country as the president takes office! 

Once the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration winds down, Washington settles in and gets down to business. Don’t miss this exciting time as the U.S. president and congress start their terms! 

During our 6-day/5-night President’s First Week Program, students will examine the contributions of past presidents, assess the president’s agenda, and discuss the changing roles of Congress and the presidency.  With the help of our Program Instructors, students consider how the people and events represented in DC’s memorials impact their lives today. 

The President’s First Week Program provides students with the opportunity to:  

  • Experience world-renowned Smithsonian museums where 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;  
  • Visit Mount VernonGeorge Washington’s hometo learn about his legacy; and 
  • Hear from policy experts on the most pressing issues facing our nation! 

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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