Presidential Inauguration 2025 Seminar

Presidential Inauguration 2025 Seminar

Engage in discussions with thought leaders, political experts and seasoned journalists in the days leading up to the inauguration of the President of the United States.

Be part of history by getting a behind-the-curtain look into the American political process at the Presidential Inauguration 2025 Seminar. You’ll interact with political and media insiders who had a front seat to the presidential election and explore government agencies, think tanks and media outlets in the nation’s capital.

Seminar Components

Plenary Sessions

These morning sessions, attended by all participants, will feature distinguished speakers and public figures in D.C. Some of our past speakers include Washington Post journalist Ed O’Keefe, White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger and Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith.

Educational Briefings

We'll help you explore Washington, D.C., taking you into government agencies, think tanks, media outlets and more. You'll get a behind the scenes look at how our nation’s capital works. Examples of past educational briefings include the Brookings Institution, Voice of America, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and various politically-focused organizations.

Small Group Discussions

Faculty leaders lead discussion groups that allow for candid give-and-take discussions to help you digest the information you've heard throughout the day. We encourage respectful debate and foster an open environment where you can confidently express your thoughts without fear.

Housing and Living

During this seminar, you'll be living in NoMa, one of the coolest and 'most connected' neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. You'll be in the middle of it all with easy access wherever you need to go.

Want to learn all about TWC housing, the community and the neighborhood? Check out our Housing page below.

TWC Housing


Most participants share a 2-bedroom/2-bath apartment with three other participants in our modern academic and residential building. We'll provide everything you need, most of what you'll want and even some perks you might not have expected.

Each apartment is fully furnished and includes:

  • a full dining set (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee maker and toaster)
  • refrigerator
  • microwave 
  • dishwasher
  • iron and ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and broom
  • washer and dryer
  • wi-fi


What to Pack

As you are packing, please be aware that linens will be provided for seminar participants. The linen package includes a bath towel, hand towel, wash cloth, sheets, a blanket and pillow. If you tend to get cold at night, we encourage you to bring an extra blanket. Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • small folding umbrella
  • business casual or smart casual attire for academic sessions and site visits 
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • laptop (optional)
  • notebook and pens
  • clothes hangers

Housing Services

We give you your space, but we don't leave you totally on your own. Our housing services team and alumni mentors make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. And our disability services staff ensures that every student has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

Our academic seminars are designed to qualify for academic credit at many colleges and universities. However, we do not grant academic credit. If you are participating in a group from your university, please consult with your campus liaison or faculty advisor about your particular credit arrangements. If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty advisor, please contact


To be eligible to participate in this seminar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be in good standing at your college or university.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with lower GPAs may be considered.
  • Get approval from your campus liaison or a faculty sponsor.* 
  • Commit to fully participate in the program and complete all assignments.

*If you need help identifying your campus liaison or faculty sponsor, email

Seminar Cost

The cost of this seminar is $2,395 which includes housing. Many students participate as part of a group with their home institutions, so billing arrangements vary from school to school.

If you are participating as part of a group, you will need to confirm your actual cost of attendance with your campus liaison or faculty sponsor. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email us at

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Dates and Deadlines

Check-In: January 13, 2025

Check-Out: January 21, 2025



How to Apply

The next Presidential Inauguration Seminar will be held in 2025. If you are interested in receiving information about future TWC seminars, please fill out the form below.

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To review policies regarding admissions, billing and refunds, visit the Seminar and Short-Term Policies page.