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Native American Political Leadership Program
The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a FULL SCHOLARSHIP program designed to give Native American undergraduate and graduate students an incredible educational opportunity in the nation’s capital. Partnering with Semester In Washington Politics, NAPLP students take classes at GW, participate in hands-on internships, and interact with political leaders and policymakers. NAPLP includes a series of seminars devoted to public policy issues affecting Native American communities (American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian). Funded by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation, NAPLP plays a key role in preparing the next generation of Native American political leaders.
NAPLP offers an invaluable up-close view of Washington, D.C. Students learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run – because they are right in the center of the process. NAPLP is a guided, hands-on tour of the workings of the U.S. government, immersing students in the processes that define our political system.
Learn the components of political campaigning, from message development and media production to voter targeting, direct mail and fundraising. See what lobbyists do and how issues like gun control, international relations and campaign finance reform are managed. Plan an election campaign and develop a lobbying strategy with real Washington political professionals.
After NAPLP, students return to their home campuses knowing what it takes to win elections, pass legislation and influence public opinion. More importantly, they know what professional options are available as a congressional staffer, campaign manager, press secretary, lobbyist, pollster, media producer, journalist or fundraiser. They are better informed about how politics works and more aware of how they fit into that process.
NAPLP offers students a chance to learn about politics, Washington and themselves. Join NAPLP for the experience of a lifetime!