DC & New York High School Program

This exciting program takes you to two of the world’s most extraordinary cities! 

Discover DC and experience the thrill of New York City!

During this eight-day/seven-night program, students get a first-hand look at the worlds of business and politics and consider how the two influence each other. While exploring two famous cities, students make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s past and present.  

With Close Up, students have the opportunity to: 

  • Discuss current events with experts, policymakers, and members of Congress or their staff; 
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress; 
  • Journey to Ellis Island, see the Statue of Liberty, and discuss U.S. immigration policy; 
  • Visit Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange to examine how financial policies impact our everyday lives; 
  • Feel the excitement of the neon lights and marquees in Times Square before enjoying a Broadway show; and 
  • Learn about events that have shaped our world through visits to Arlington National Cemetery and New York’s 9/11 Memorial. 


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 >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

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

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

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

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 >

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