How to Apply

Application checklist

Applications for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 cohorts are now open. The final application deadline is Tuesday, January 17. If you are interested in applying to the WLP, please contact or visit SPEA 230, for additional information.

Here is the information you’ll need for the online application:

  • A cover letter that answers why you are interested in the Washington Leadership Program, your personal and professional goals, policy areas you are interested in, and qualifications that set you apart.
  • A professional copy of your resume—we strongly advise that you seek assistance from your career services office. If you are a SPEA student, have the Career Development Office (CDO) review your cover letter and resume before you submit them.

    Contact the CDO
  • A professional reference from a current or former professor, or work supervisor in support of your application. Reference letters must be submitted to, with the subject line "Student Name_WLP Reference".