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National Policy Process Seminar in Washington, DC
National Policy Process Seminar in Washington, DC

The National Policy Process offers professionals and students from the Pacific Northwest an opportunity to visit the sources of national policy with live case studies in Washington, DC. Over the course of a week students meet with national agency representatives, members of Congress and their staff, the President’s staff, and lobbyists and issue advocates. This personal and up-close approach to learning about the policy process leaves students with a detailed understanding of the way work is accomplished in Washington, DC and gives them insights on how this affects their work back in the Northwest. The one week courses offers:

  • "Live" case study on policy issues important to the region
  • Direct and personal interaction with participants in policy process
  • Detailed understanding of the forces at work in national policies
  • Ability to take these lessons and reflect on issues back in the region


Program Format

This program allows each member of the program to personally meet and discuss policy issues with the expert guest speakers while in Washington, DC. The class travels to meet with these speakers on location and in the midst of the work of the national policy process. The week centers around a policy case study and uses this to introduce models of how national policy is created. Key to the success of the program is the support speakers in Washington, D.C., without whom this program would not exist. Their continued support is greatly appreciated.


Who attends this program?

Professional Development: The National Policy Process seminar draws on regional federal, tribal and state agencies for participants. Participants range in their expertise in policy issues from project managers to senior executives in agencies. The program has enjoyed the continued support of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Bonneville Power Administration as well as the treaty tribes of the Columbia River Basin.  The instructor is Jeff Hammarlund.

Graduate Students: In addition, the program also strives to meet the needs of students in the Public Administration program at Portland State University. The course number is PA539, and is offered every fall for 3 graduate credits. The instructor is Dr. Craig Shinn.