Partner Programs

Close Up partners with organizations and businesses on specially designed programs to provide students with leadership opportunities.


Close Up partners with a variety of organizations to conduct special programs that inspire and empower young people to become engaged citizens. Through Close Up’s nonpartisan approach and expertise in designing effective programs for schools, these student leadership opportunities help our partners target communities and constituents, focus on specific policy issues, and invest in the development of future leaders.

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

Bank of America: Student Leaders Program
Georgetown University: Leaders in Advocacy Institute
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: Young Latino Leaders in Washington
American Civil Liberties Union: Summer Advocacy Institute
National Civics & Law Academy
Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference



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 >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

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

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 >