The Schaeffer Fellows Summit is held during the summer in Washington, D.C. and is intended to support Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in building relationships with the fellowship cohort, sharing about their experiences, and engaging with prominent leaders and program alumni from various sectors. Schaeffer Fellows receive full funding to attend the national Schaeffer Fellows Summit.

June 22 - 25, 2023

in Washington, D.C.


  • Reflect

    on time within fellowship to date

  • Understand

    how to demonstrate professionalism and communicate effectively in the workplace

  • Learn

    tools for career development

  • Gain

    insights into how sectors cross-collaborate

  • Recognize

    how to build upon the fellowship experience and transfer skills developed in future careers

  • Foster

    camaraderie and interaction between Schaeffer Fellows

During the Summit, I learned that networking in a manner that is natural will get me farther. Simply sending an article that I think someone might find interesting is a great way to form connections. Prior to hearing this advice, I felt like networking had to be very thought out and manufactured but now I see networking in a new light.
Ryyan Pritchett - 2020 Fellow, Harvard University

A Day in the Life of a Government Intern

In 2023, Schaeffer Fellows will share and hear from peers about their daily work experiences as interns at all levels of government. Fellows will have the opportunity to practice networking, discuss summer professional development, and explore ways to apply the internship to future academic and career goals.

Partner Organizations

The Brookings Institution

A nonprofit public policy organization with a mission to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. Learn more

RAND Corporation

A research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. Learn more

The Washington Center

The bridge between higher education and professional careers—leveraging all of what Washington, D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens. Learn more