How to Apply

Application checklist

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 cohorts. The final application deadline is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:59pm. If you are interested in applying to the WLP, please contact or visit SPEA 260, 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".