Leadership and the American Presidency


Do you want to change the world? Are you committed to serving your community and your country? Do you want to develop yourself as civic minded leader? The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is committed to providing financial support to all students accepted into this program. Through our partnership with The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), students will be eligible for a range of scholarship support.

Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and the world who are just as passionate about making a difference through strong leadership. The intensive and immersive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience and special events with prominent public leaders. Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) will help you define and strengthen your leadership skills and learn lessons from the American Presidency, all while giving you an insider’s view of Washington. By the end of the semester, you may be ready to call DC home! Our partnership with TFAS and DCInternships.org means that you will work with one of the oldest, most respected study in D.C. programs to ensure academic credit, housing, and internship placement.

Learn more about the program at DCInternships.org

Now Accepting Applications for Summer and Fall 2016 Programs


  • February 10 – Summer Program Priority Deadline for Admission and Scholarships
  • March 1 – Fall Program Early Deadline
  • March 16 – Summer Program Final Deadline
  • April 15 – Fall Program Priority Deadline
  • June 1 – Fall Program Final Deadline


George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal. Franklin Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor. JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ronald Reagan urging Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” This program will ask students to examine some of the greatest leadership challenges in the history of our country from the point of view of the only elected official to represent the entire country. And you don’t have to be a political science or history major to apply the lessons of leadership to your own life.


What does it mean to lead effectively? How do leaders learn to communicate their vision effectively? How do great leaders respond in times of extreme crisis? How can leaders make the world a better place? This program will connect students with some of the most thoughtful, well-regarded, and recognizable leaders of today. Public Servants, Journalists, Entrepreneurs, and other leaders from across sectors will share their stories of leadership with each cohort.


We know that leadership can’t be learned only in a classroom. This program will challenge students through a series of interactive simulations, case studies, and scenarios that will test and improve your abilities as a leader. Ever wondered how you might respond to a crisis? Ever wanted to share your vision for a better future with the country? Ever seen a campaign ad and thought, “I could do better than that?” In this program, you’ll get your chance to put your leadership skills to the test. And what better classroom than Washington, D.C. itself? The White House, the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives, monuments, and some of the finest museums in the country all present unique learning opportunities for students.

Employers are looking for recent graduates with experience, and the best way to stand out after graduation is to complete this unique program that focuses on developing practical, civic minded leaders grounded in experiential learning and an internship. In fact, employers give twice as much weight to graduates' work experience as to their academic credentials.

LTAP consists of the following major components:

Thanks to an agreement with The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), the program includes housing and internships as well.
  • LIVE: Housing in furnished apartments on George Washington University’s campus, just steps from the White House and Department of State, as well as the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station.
  • LEARN: Academic courses in economics and government accredited by George Mason University. 
  • INTERN: Internships with government agencies, Congressional offices, policy groups, political organizations, and law firms throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.
  • CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures featuring influential and thoughtful leaders, networking events and much more!

RRPFI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of liberty, opportunity, democracy, and national pride. TFAS has sponsored academic internship programs in Washington, DC for over 40 years. Our objective is to provide a real-world professional and academic experience for college students to help prepare them for responsible leadership in the future while learning lessons from great leaders who have come before them.


Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your summer in DC an experience to remember:

  • College credit for a class on the study of Leadership through the lens of the American Presidency.
  • Roommate matching with other institute students based upon compatibility criteria.
  • Easy access to the safe and affordable Metro train and bus system.
  • Full access to campus resources, including libraries, computer labs and much more.
  • Comprehensive orientation to the program, campus and the city upon your arrival.
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about your internship placement, financial aid and general questions in the months leading up to the program.
  • Continued staff support while you are in Washington to ensure that you have an amazing experience. In addition to the full time, year-round program staff who will get to know you and help you throughout the summer, there will be alumni living in housing and serving as Program Advisors.
  • Professional development seminars on topics including job searching, public speaking and networking
  • A mentor program where you are matched with a DC professional in your field of interest.
  • Planned social events where you can connect with almost 400 other student leaders participating in LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs. These events may include: trivia night, a trip to a Nationals baseball game, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac and a trip to Mt. Vernon.
  • An active network of over 14,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

Click here to find out more

We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the “Apply Now” link this page. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see “Contact Us” for details on how to reach us. Be sure to click on the link above to read more about all aspects of the program.


Questions? Contact admissions@tfas.org or (202)986-0384