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Public Leadership Education Network

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is a series of seminars in Washington D.C. that provide college students with the valuable opportunity to explore their career interests through meetings with industry leaders, interactive workshops, and site visits in the nation’s capital. Full-time undergraduate students can apply to Newcomb Institute to cover the costs of travel, lodging, and the registration fee.

Students who have attended PLEN have gained knowledge and insight into future career paths while making connections with powerful women doing incredible work. The conference offers a great mix of guest speakers, interactive activities, site visits, and career preparation sessions. For more information about the conference, visit PLEN's website or read about past Newcomb student experiences.

Grant Details and Requirements

Newcomb Institute will cover flight reimbursement, lodging and the PLEN registration fee. You will be reimbursed for your flight usually within two weeks of submitting your paperwork after your trip. In order to be reimbursed, you must book your flight with Newcomb Institute and provide Newcomb with a copy of your flight itinerary, pictures of all boarding passes, your name badge, your student ID, and required reimbursement paperwork. You are responsible for additional fees if you book your flight for the incorrect day and/or location.

Newcomb Institute will not cover the $150 non-refundable seminar fee, ground transportation and travel around the city, and miscellaneous expenses (such as meals not provided by PLEN).

You can apply to the PLEN scholarship fund to cover additional seminar fees. We highly encourage you to apply to this separate scholarship at the same time that you apply for Newcomb Institute funding, as both applications are due at the same time. This is a separate application and can be found on the PLEN website

If you are awarded funding and accept, you are responsible for the following:

  • Attend all of the PLEN events for your workshop
  • Uphold Tulane’s student conduct code while you travel to and attend the workshop.
  • Provide receipts for your flight reimbursement, pictures of your boarding pass and name badge, and a picture of you at the conference.  
  • After the workshop, we will ask you to complete a blog/website feature.

Please note that if you do not attend the entire conference or if you violate the Tulane Code of Conduct and PLEN's rules during the conference you will not be reimbursed for your flight and will be responsible for the PLEN fees.

PLEN: Women in Law and Legal Advocacy Workshop

The Women in Law and Legal Advocacy Workshop will take place virtually from October 15-17, 2020. Undergraduates considering careers in law will explore the connections between legal careers and the legislative process in Washington, DC. This seminar exposes students to a range of professional opportunities in law, from issue-based advocacy to government service.

Apply by September 15th, 2020.

PLEN: Women in Health Policy Workshop

The Women in Health Policy Workshop will take place November 14-19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. At this seminar, undergraduates from across the U.S. considering a career in health policy will learn how to make an impact in the legislative and political processes, explore hot-button issues on Capitol Hill, and expand their professional networks in Washington, DC and beyond.

Check back in fall 2020 to apply for next year. 

PLEN: Women in Public Policy

The public policy arena will take place January 13-17, 2020, and offers endless career opportunities, from government service to issue-based advocacy for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Undergraduates will explore how to influence the policy issues they are passionate about and learn the range of professional opportunities and skills required to be successful.

Check back in fall 2020 to apply for next year. 

PLEN: Women in STEM Policy

The Women in STEM Policy seminar will take place January 6-10, 2020. This seminar offers undergraduates a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from women in science, health, and technology who are shaping our nation's STEM agenda.

Check back in fall 2020 to apply for next year. 

PLEN: Women Influencing Washington

The Women Influencing Washington seminar will take place March 16-20, 2020. College students considering careers in policy will learn about the legislative process in Washington, D.C. and explore hot-button issues on the Hill. This seminar exposes students to a range of professional opportunities in and related to Congress, from lobbying to working on a Senate or House Committee.

Check back in spring 2021 to apply for next year. 

PLEN: Women in Global Policy

The Women in Global Policy virtual seminar will take place from May 18-22, 2020. Students will participate in online sessions where they will learn issue-specific information about an array of international policy issues from women professionals working in the field, learn how to break into an international policy career, and get advice to help them achieve their career goals.

Check back in spring 2021 to apply for next year. Previous applicants may apply again.


For more information contact: Gabe Christian-Solá, Senior Program Coordinator for Student Engagement, at gchristiansola@tulane.edu