Summer at SEGL

Please note: Due to the success of our Capital Campaign, we are renovating our DC residence in Summer 2018.  This means we will not offer our DC Summer Institute next summer.  Instead, SEGL is moving its five-week Summer Institute to London, England.  Click here for more!

Think one high school student can change the world?  Then join the segl summer ethics and leadership institute!

Do you want the best possible opportunity to improve your leadership skills?

Do you want leading change makers as your guides?

Do you want to make new life-long friends who care as deeply as you do about making our world a better place?

Then join us in DC this summer for an incredible experience you won’t find anywhere else: SEGL’s Summer Ethics and Leadership Institute!

About the program

gunleg-5Should the U.S. have intervened in the Rwandan genocide?  Should the international community lift sanctions on Iran?  What is the best way to promote education for girls around the globe?  These are the types of questions challenging world leaders today.  This summer they will challenge you too.  Using international and domestic issues as case studies and our nation’s capital as an interactive classroom, SEGL’s Summer Ethics and Leadership Institute provides students with the tools necessary to confront these issues and to effect positive change in our world.

The program is for a hand-picked group of 20 rising high school juniors and seniors from across the country.  The program is intentionally small in order to create the best environment for participants to build a tight-knit community, enhance collaboration skills, and learn from one another and our roster of guest experts.  Throughout the five-week program, students visit think tanks, NGOs, and government offices, meet with local leaders and experts, as well as enhance their public speaking, debate, and collaborative skills.  The program challenges students to approach ethical dilemmas from multiple perspectives.

The Curriculum

At the Summer Ethics and Leadership Institute, you will study a range of global ethical dilemmas and the responses of the international community.  You will meet with the very people who work on these issues, often presenting your work to them for evaluation.  Would you like your speech evaluated by Hillary Clinton’s top speechwriter? Would you like to present and defend your policy memo at the State Department?  Then this is the program for you.

At the end of your time with us, you will produce three capstone projects: an ethical Credo, a collaborative policy document, and a business plan for a social venture that you will launch in your community after your time in DC.  These projects are extraordinary ways to demonstrate your ability and growth to colleges, the wider world, and–most important–yourself.

guest experts


At SEGL, guest experts are not here for pictures and hand shakes.  They are here for significant exchanges: to help make you a better leader and to hear and engage your ideas.  And there are tons of them to meet!

Past guest experts have included four-star General Stanley McCrystal, top State Department speechwriter Lissa Muscatine, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, co-Director of Nixon’s Watergate-Era “Plumbers” Bud Krogh, U.S. Representative and civil rights icon John Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.

program dates

June 25 – July 30, 2017
Priority admissions deadline: February 15th


Located in Washington, DC, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) is a semester-long academic program for motivated high schoolers. The program selects students who have shown outstanding character, promise for leadership, and scholastic ability and provides them with a unique curriculum that emphasizes ethical thinking, leadership development, and international affairs.

The school’s Academic Building is located in Dupont Circle, a block from Embassy Row and several world-famous think tanks.  Its Residence is on Capitol Hill, half a block from the Supreme Court and one block from the U.S. Capitol Building.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition is $8,250 and covers housing, local travel by Metro/bus, materials, and all school meals.  Limited need-based financial aid is available; you will find a link to the financial aid application in the email confirmation you receive once you have completed the application below.


To apply, please visit our Apply page (will be live by December 1).  Summer applicants fill out the same application as semester applicants, marking the appropriate “Summer” box as appropriate.  Applications are due on February 15, 2017.

If you have a question about this coming summer, please contact us at:


The School for Ethics and Global Leadership admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, creed, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, creed, or sexual orientation in administration or its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.