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Civic Leadership Summit — washington, d.c. — August 3-6 Apply by may 15 Thank you
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You’ve probably seen at least one person take action and inspire others. Year after year, at the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit, we see this power on a bigger scale, as young people from around the world gather to learn how to make their communities, countries, and regions better places. Join us for this remarkable free event – and make change happen!

This summer, 60 participants from CIEE Work & Travel USA will join us in the U.S. capital for this all-expenses-paid event. Learn about intercultural awareness, civics, and social entrepreneurship through a series of dynamic workshops. Share your world perspective, find your strengths, and discover how you can make a difference.


Meet young people who want to make a difference. Connect with participants from different countries who share your passion for making a difference in their communities and on the global stage.

Take part in engaging workshops. Think critically, share experiences and ideas, and apply what you’ve learned to establish a plan of action.

Explore one of the country’s greatest cities. See what life on the campus of American University is like. Plus, explore the iconic architecture, public spaces, and monuments of Washington, D.C. – one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in America.


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How to apply

Complete the online application form, and submit a 300- to 500-word essay or a 1- to 2-minute video on the topic below. (We recommend that you draft your essay as a separate document, then paste it into the application when you’re ready. You won’t be able to save your application and return to it once you’ve begun the process.)

The goal of CIEE Work Exchange Programs is to increase mutual understanding between Americans and citizens of other countries. Are you a global citizen? Tell us about your achievements and what you hope to gain from living and working in the United States through this exchange program.

Applicants must be participants in the summer 2015 CIEE Work & Travel USA program.

CIEE will award fellowships to 60 participants to attend the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., August 3-6. Fellowship grants include the cost of travel to and from Washington, D.C., accommodations, meals, and activities during the Summit.

Applications are due May 15. Fellows will be announced by June 5.

Thank You

Thank you to all who applied for a CIEE Civic Leadership Summit Fellowship. The deadline for 2015 applications has passed.

We are currently reviewing submissions and Fellows will be notified shortly.

The CIEE Civic Leadership Summit is an important part of our ongoing commitment as the world leader in international education and exchange to inspire Summer Work Travel participants while enhancing their cultural experience here in the U.S.

To learn more about CIEE and our programs, please visit ciee.org.

About CIEE

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is the world leader in international education and exchange, delivering the highest-quality programs that increase global awareness and intercultural knowledge. For more than 67 years, CIEE has provided participants with the skills, competencies, and experience that elevate their ability to contribute to the global community.

The CIEE Civic Leadership Summit is an important part of our ongoing commitment to facilitate cultural exchange that fosters mutual understanding and peaceful relations between people of the United States and other nations.