Come learn how to advocate and have influence in Washington, DC. Through this unique education experience, students will learn about and practice the art and science of political influence in Washington. Throughout the semester, students will read and learn about how influence and political advocacy occurs in our nation’s capital. While learning, students will develop policy proposals and put together advocacy plans to advocate for their proposals. After the end of the semester (May 3-8), students will travel to Washington to put their knowledge, and their plans, to work, meeting with governmental officials and advocating for their policy proposals. This immersive experience combines the best of theory and practice, and allows students to learn how political advocacy really works in our national politics.


 Hinckley Intern Tyler Herrera 

Hinckley Intern Tyler Herrera 


  • Who is most eligible?
    • Priority goes to non-traditional students, student athletes, or other students who are unable to complete a standard DC internship due to work, family, and/or collegiate obligations. 
  • When are the travel dates for Spring 2018?
    • May 4–10, 2018
  • Do you have to register for credit?
    • Yes. You must register for three credit hours of HNKLY 4914. During the spring semester you will meet Fridays from 9:00am-12:00pm with Associate Professor Dr.  James Curry and Gina Shipley to prepare for your DC experience.
  • What are the costs associated with this class?
    • Students are responsible for the cost of tuition, airfare, and food while in DC.  The Hinckley Institute generously covers student housing. 
  • Where is the housing located?
    • Students stay at the Park Place apartments located in downtown DC. 

Past Capital Encounter schedules



November 8, 2017

The experience I had with the DC Encounter was life-changing. After this experience, I have been making plans to return to live in DC and work with a Senator or Congressperson to continue to participate in governmental affairs. This experience literally re-defined my future, and I am forever grateful.
— Kennedy Clayton