Election Week Program

Experience Washington, DC, during one of the most exciting, consequential times for our country!

Watch our nation’s future unfold in the heart of DC!

An election week spent with Close Up is an unforgettable time, taking students behind the scenes in Washington, DC, to learn about the electoral process and experience the suspense of Election Day in person. During our six-day, five-night Election Week Program, high school students take part in seminars, events, and study visits to historical sites to help them fully understand their role in our democracy.

Guided by our highly trained program instructors, students have the opportunity to:    

  • Visit monuments, memorials, and world-renowned Smithsonian museums where history and culture come alive in Washington D.C.;    
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress;   
  • Meet with their congressional delegation on Capitol Hill;    
  • Attend an exclusive election seminar with prominent DC insiders to discuss issues such as gerrymandering, youth voting, and campaign finance; and   
  • Enjoy a special dinner and election event as the returns come in!


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

NAIS Student Civic Leadership Summit

How can you create positive change in your school and local community? Learn More >

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