core program, initiated in 2003, works this way: Students work full-time at
internships that are arranged with their career goals in mind. They take two
academic seminars, including a one on Economics and Public Policy and the
Lynde and Harry Bradley Course on Constitutional Principles. They also
attend private briefings at many of Washington’s most important institutions
and interact with some of the nation’s most prominent figures. During the
first summer, students focus on classes, internships, meetings with
inspirational leaders, and bonding with the other young men in their cohort.
Professional development, character development, mentorship, and graduate
school preparation are priorities for the second summer, although students
still work full-time and take a seminar with the Institute's president.
The program runs from the first Sunday in June until the last Saturday in
July and is a two-summer commitment. Housing is paid for by the Institute,
while students are expected to pay for their transportation and food.
Students not placed in paid internships receive stipends to help cover