Experiential Learning Programs

Eisenhower Institute programs provide an immersive, hands-on experience that develops practical skills to prepare students for a lifetime of public, private, and non-profit service. In a 2021 survey, 93% of employers identified teamwork and complex problem-solving as key skills for success. A recent survey of 200+ employers found that Gettysburg College graduates outperform their peers in these and other must-have career skills.

EI's programs allow students to learn and practice enduring skills for jobs that haven't even been imagined yet. Our participants meet with experts, communicate in teams, analyze data and apply critical thinking to develop creative solutions to public policy problems. We emphasize project-based learning to create future leaders who inspire the world to meaningful action.

Full Year

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Environmental Leadership

Travel the Chesapeake Bay to explore the science, politics, and economics behind the management of clean water.

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Contours of the Middle East

Explore socioeconomic, political, and cultural developments and take a weeklong journey to one of the world’s most complex regions.

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Fall Semester

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Inside Washington

Delve into Washington politics during midterm elections and learn from insiders how politics drives policy.

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Foundations of Strategy and Leadership

Learn the basics of strategic thinking and leadership from expert-in-residence Susan Eisenhower.

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Transforming Industrial Heartlands

Conduct a case study on revitalizing an economically distressed industrial community to present at an international conference.

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Spring Semester

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Emerging Threats in National Security

Examine non-traditional threats to national security, focusing on the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

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Inside Civil Rights

Explore how President Eisenhower’s decision to integrate Central High School in Little Rock and other civil rights moments impact urban renewal and social justice today.

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Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times

Develop a national strategy to address critical long-term issues under the mentorship of Susan Eisenhower. 

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Women and Leadership

Explore intersections between gender and leadership in government, business, law, science, and more.

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