Civic Leadership Summit

One Person Can Make a Difference; Together We Can Change the World

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

Participation is Free & We’ll Pay for Your Transportation!

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The Civic Leadership Experience

Apply Today for Your Chance To

Meet Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

Connect with other 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.

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. Please note that CIEE will accept only one entry per participant.

The goal of CIEE Work & Travel USA is to increase mutual understanding between Americans and citizens of other countries. At the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit, you will join young leaders from around the world to learn about leadership, social entrepreneurship, and cultural understanding. In a 300-500 word essay or a 1-2 minute video, please address the following:

- Share a story about a person or an experience that inspired you to take action.
- Looking forward to your time in the United States, how do you think this exchange program will impact your life and how will it help you to make a difference in your community when you return home?

Applicants must be participants of the summer 2017 CIEE Work & Travel USA program. CIEE cannot accept applications from anyone who has attended the Civic Leadership Summit in previous years.

CIEE will award fellowships to participants to attend the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 31 - August 3. 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 on June 2.


The deadline for 2017 applications has passed. Thank you to everyone who applied.


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.