Election Week Program

Experience Washington during one of the most exciting and pivotal moments in our country! 

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Watch our nation’s future unfold in the heart of DC!

During our 6-day/5-night Election Week Program, students will meet new friends from across the country and experience the suspense of a presidential election in Washington, DC! 

As the upcoming election promises to shape politics and policy for the next several years, students will take part in activities, seminars, and visits to Washington’s most historic sites to help them understand what roles they, as citizens, can play in our democracy. By engaging in election-themed activities, students learn about the electoral processthe importance of becoming educated about the issues, and how to get involved when they return home. 

Close Up’s Election Week Program provides students with the opportunity to:  

  • Experience the world-renowned Smithsonian museums where our country’s history, art, and culture come alive;  
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress; 
  • Meet face-to-face with their congressional delegation on Capitol Hill;  
  • Attend an exclusive election issues seminar with prominent DC insiders to discuss issues such as gerrymandering, youth voting, and PACs; and 
  • Enjoy a special dinner and election event as the voting results come in! 

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




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Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

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Four-Day Program

Explore the nation’s capital during this fast-paced 4-day adventure! Learn More >


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Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government with visits to two of America’s most important cities! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Better understand the evolution of American democracy with visits to our nation’s most historic cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with us to design a one-of-a-kind DC experience for your school! Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country through one of three exclusive programs offered in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Virtual Programs

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