Alumni Hub

Your portal for news, activities, tips, and advice for Close Up alumni ages 12-22!

Introducing America in One Room: The Youth Vote

This July in Washington, Close Up, the Deliberative Democracy Lab at Stanford University (DDL), Helena, and the Generation Lab are partnering for a historic experiment in democracy. America in One Room: The Youth Vote will bring together a scientifically representative sample of 500 first-time voters to deliberate key policy issues facing the nation. But we need your help to make it happen!  



They Were All Fellows

Are you or is someone you know graduating—or recently graduated—from college and looking to begin a career in education, government, policy, or nonprofit work? We’re seeking applicants for the 2024-2025 Close Up Civic Fellowship, a paid, year-long experience of engaging youth in the political process. There are 30 spots for the term beginning in September, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis through May 1! 



Does Mother Know Best?

Over on the Current Issues Blog, Close Up Civic Fellow Jake Pavao recently explored the growing debate over how much influence parents should have in public education. Controversy over this issue is growing, fueled by discussions of what subjects are appropriate to teach and what books should be allowed in school libraries. How do you think the views of parents should impact curriculum at public schools? 



What’s Up at Close Up

This March, we partnered with Johnson & Johnson to provide scholarships to students from all of New Jersey’s congressional districts to come to Washington for a Close Up program! These Johnson & Johnson Civic Scholars met with members of Congress and their staff to discuss a range of policy issues, including how to step into the legislative process with their vote. 

Capitol Hill DC Shadow

Internships in Washington

Want to get your foot in the door in Washington? See who’s looking for interns in our nation’s capital!  


Tips for Writing a Great Resume

  • Don’t forget the basics! Include contact information like your address, phone number, and email.  
  • Don’t simply list the responsibilities of a past job; use action verbs to describe what you did in the role. Highlight the skill used, not the task performed.  
  • In addition to work experience, list any scholarships, academic accolades, or extracurricular organizations. 
  • List valuable skills, such as proficiency in a particular computer program or the ability to speak more than one language.  
  • Keep it concise. Don’t overwhelm employers with details. Help them focus on the important information.  
  • Consider the format. Keep your resume clear and organized to keep the reader’s attention.  
  • Use formal language. Avoid using personal pronouns like “I” or “we.”  
  • Proofreading is essential! Consider having a friend or parent look over your resume to catch any errors you may have missed.

We Want to Highlight You!

Where has life taken you since your Close Up experience? What have you carried with you from your time in Washington? Share your story with us—we would love to spotlight your reflections, insights, and achievements!

“My experience with Close Up was life-changing. It inspired me to live in D.C. for 28 years, become a nonprofit leader, and be an active, informed citizen. I’m forever grateful to Close Up—and everyone who supports the organization—for opening my eyes to countless opportunities, perspectives, and knowledge.”
Susan M., Close Up Alum, 1987