Visit distinguished government agencies, foreign embassies, and military facilities where you will meet with civilian, military, and intelligence officers
to get an inside view of duties and daily operations. Past site visits have included:
U.S. Department of State –The United States State Department plays an integral role in fostering relationships throughout the world in order to advance interests and resolve issues peacefully. On an exclusive tour, students had the opportunity to hear from a high-level speaker on matters of diplomacy and international relations.
Pentagon - Students had the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of one of the world’s largest office buildings. All students had the opportunity to be exposed to the mission of the Department of Defense and each of its branches of service, as well as visit numerous displays that highlight and depict significant moments in military history.
FBI Experience – Scholars took a trip to the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where they were greeted by current and former FBI representatives. They had the opportunity to gain a rare look into the FBI’s rich history and current division operations. This experience helped Scholars gain insight into the various careers and functions of the FBI in the field, in communities, and within the headquarters.
The U.S. Naval Academy – Students had the opportunity to explore USNA’s beautiful campus and hear about the admissions process and career opportunities for Academy graduates. They also visited the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, enjoyed lunch at the Drydock Restaurant, and learned about the history of this iconic campus.
United States Institute of Peace – In addition to a tour of this impressive building, students saw a presentation on the work USIP does to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts in the world by directly engaging with conflict zones.
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia –
Students were immersed in the fields of diplomacy as they learned about the birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia, and its relationship with the United States.
They gained insight into the importance of family, religion, education, social life, and personal appearance and status within Saudi Arabia, and developed
a better understanding of the cultural differences between Saudi Arabia and the United States that can strain diplomatic relations. Meeting embassy staff
allowed students to learn about the day-to-day operations and top challenges that diplomacy professionals face today.
A Day of Intelligence hosted by the International Spy Museum – Students got a backstage pass to the museum dedicated to showcasing international espionage artifacts and the most infamous tales of reconnaissance operations. Students also took part in the Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation, a hands-on simulation where they used real declassified pieces of intelligence to experience one of the most well-known intelligence operations in history.
U.S. Capitol –
Students were treated to an exclusive visit to the floor of the House, including a private presentation from a former member of Congress.
Arlington National Cemetery - Students witnessed the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. They even had the opportunity to write an essay to be selected to participate in the wreath laying ceremony.