Villanova on The Hill offers students a weeklong immersive experience that explores all aspects of the policymaking and political ecosystem of Washington DC, and how individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and in a broad range of professions, make it work. The theme is Finding Common Ground: Moving from Policy Gridlock to Discovering Policy Solutions.
Guided by a team of highly-placed alumni, including members of the Villanova Public Policy Society, students visit and interview Villanova alumni and friends who are influential lawmakers, public policy advocates, lobbyists, think tank analysts, media professionals and federal agency representatives. Each day of the program will allow students to explore a different aspect of the Washington DC ecosystem, with a focus on effective problem-solving.
Students prepare extensively for each visit by researching the people and organizations involved, prepping their cohort members and introducing the organization to the full group. Throughout the week, a counselor from Villanova’s Career Center coaches students on how to present themselves and maximize their contacts for career or internship opportunities.
A special highlight of the week—and an important networking opportunity for the students—is a reception that unites the Villanova DC community of alumni, parents and friends for an evening with University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, and Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
By the end of the week, students will have a clear grasp on how to forge a path toward a meaningful career in Washington DC, combined with a network of Villanova alumni contacts. They will also be armed with a powerful framework and specific skills on how to craft policy solutions.
The 2019 Program will run October 13-18 in Washington, DC.