President's First Week Program

Examine the president’s plan for the first 100 days of office in the heart of the nation’s capital! 

The White House in Washington, DC on a sunny spring day Shadow

Consider the future of our country as the president takes office! 

Once the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration winds down, Washington settles in and gets down to business. Don’t miss this exciting time as the U.S. president and congress start their terms! 

During our 6-day/5-night President’s First Week Program, students will examine the contributions of past presidents, assess the president’s agenda, and discuss the changing roles of Congress and the presidency.  With the help of our Program Instructors, students consider how the people and events represented in DC’s memorials impact their lives today. 

The President’s First Week Program provides students with the opportunity to:  

  • Experience world-renowned Smithsonian museums where history, art, and culture come alive;  
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress; 
  • Meet face-to-face with their congressional delegation on Capitol Hill;  
  • Visit Mount VernonGeorge Washington’s hometo learn about his legacy; and 
  • Hear from policy experts on the most pressing issues facing our nation! 

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

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

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

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

Virtual Programs

See our upcoming opportunities for engaging virtual programming!
*Open to individual participants
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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 >

Create Your Own Program

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

Summer Programs

National Youth Impact Summit

In partnership with Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab and NNSP, meet and deliberate with passionate students from across the country! Learn More >