2018 Summer Institute

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Truman Summer Institute is open to Scholars one year after they receive a Truman Scholarship. 

A group of the nation’s most promising public servants recently converged on Washington, DC for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation’s 2018 Summer Institute Program. Participants in the program had been selected as 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholars on the basis of their collective leadership, academic achievement and commitment to making a difference.

Summer Institute, which began in 1991 and has just completed its 28th session, was designed to introduce newly graduated Truman Scholars to the realities of working in public service in Washington, as well as to provide opportunities for community building within the Scholar cohort. The program consists of an eight-week internship or fellowship at a government agency or nonprofit organization. Placements for this year’s Summer Institute participants included the State Department, Amnesty International, the ACLU, Supreme Court, the Department of Health & Human Services, and with members of Congress.

The summer began with a weeklong orientation in which participants visited the Supreme Court to meet Truman Scholar and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and toured Capitol Hill through the Stennis Fellows program. Panels featuring past Truman Scholars gave the newest class advice about careers, graduate school and acclimating to post-college responsibilities, and Summer Institute alumni introduced them to their home for the next two months.

When not working, the Summer Institute Scholars lived together in a dormitory on the George Washington University campus. Additional programming included meetings with Dr. Madeleine Albright, President of the Truman Foundation, Senator Chris Coons, and many others. The Scholars also participated in weekly presentations wherein each participant addressed the Summer Institute class about a topic of his or her choosing for fifteen minutes. 

Following the program’s conclusion on July 28, some Scholars stayed in the Washington, DC area to participate in the Truman-Albright Fellows program, which is designed for those in yearlong placements at public service jobs before entering graduate school.

For more information about the Summer Institute program, please contact the Truman Foundation at (202) 395-7431.