Dream of chasing down senators, traveling to far-flung locales, interviewing the newest Bachelorette contestants, or posting the next viral tweet? It’s no secret that Washington, D.C. is a hub for top journalists. It was here in the nation’s capital that reporters covered the infamous Watergate scandal and shaped history. And today’s journalists continue to make history here every day. Just in the last year, reporters have covered impeachment trials, a World Series win, and ongoing metro construction. After learning tips and tricks from some of the area’s brightest young professionals, you’ll be well on your way to pursuing your dream career, too.


The Winter 2020 Student Leadership Program (SLP) in Journalism will introduce students to diverse opportunities in journalism, public relations, and communications. Over the course of this three-day program, students will participate in interactive workshops and engage in panels with young professionals who cover varied topics as breaking news, technology, art, sports, and finance. 


By asking participants to brainstorm, research, write, produce, and promote their own original stories, the program will show students how content evolves from a pitch to a Pulitzer Prize-worthy piece of journalism. Students will also have opportunities to learn more about securing internships, choosing colleges, and declaring majors.

Program Dates and Location

The Winter 2020 SLP in Journalism will be fully virtual, and will take place from Dec. 28-30. Students are expected to participate for the full duration of the program. 

How to Apply

High school students who reside in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. are encouraged to apply for the Winter 2020 SLP in Journalism. Eligible students must apply via the online application and are required to submit one form of documentation verifying high school enrollment such as a school transcript or report card. There are no application fees nor are there any minimum GPA or test-score requirements for selection to the program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the available spots are filled. 


The most important component of the application is the free-response essay section. While students are encouraged to submit supplemental materials such as resumes or letters of recommendation (counselors, teachers, coaches, etc), Embolden's application readers are most interested in hearing about your story! If you have personal accomplishments you want to share with us, please do! However, rather than what you achieved, we want to know your journey: the obstacles you might have faced and learned to overcome, the people who have helped you along the way, your emotional journey, what you've learned and/or what motivates you. We want to know your personal story because we firmly believe that everyone's story has immense value. 

If you have any questions on the application or the SLP in Journalism, please reach out to info@emboldenme.org and a member of the team will be in touch!