College Training Opportunities

Saban Leadership Seminar

December 20 – 23, 2015 and July 10 – 13, 2016

AIPAC hosts its Saban Leadership Seminar twice annually in Washington, D.C. At each seminar more than 400 of AIPAC's top student from over 140 campuses participate in four days of intense political programming and advocacy training.  During these seminars, students interact with leading Washington policymakers, Middle East experts, and AIPAC Leadership Development professionals.

Advanced Advocacy Mission to Israel

December 23 – January 2, 2016

AIPAC's most intensive leadership development experience, the Advanced Advocacy Mission, is open only to students who have previously traveled to Israel.  Leading policymakers and opinion-leaders engage undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers or community leadership positions in the fields of Israel advocacy public affairs and policy formulation.

African American Student Retreat

January 9 – 11, 2016

AIPAC will host its first African American Student Leadership Retreat in Washington, D.C. with participants drawn from both Historically Black Colleges and University and other campuses across the nation.  The retreat will focus on the important role that the African American community plays in maintaining and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship.  Students will come away from the retreat with a better understanding of how to be an effective pro-Israel political activist on their campus and in their community.

Middle East Amplified

February 21 – 22, 2016

Maintaining and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship requires continuous bipartisan Congressional support.  To ensure future policymakers understand that U.S. support for Israel must never be a partisan issue, the State-level and National leadership of the College Democrats of America (CDA) and the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) will come to Washington for a two-day policy symposium on America's role in the Middle East and the value of the US-Israel relationship.  The seminar is the first-ever program specifically designed for CDA and CRNC officers with an affinity towards foreign policy.

Policy Conference

March 20 – 22, 2016

More than 10,000 activists representing every state – including 2,000 students from hundreds of campuses and over 200 elected Geller Student Government Association Presidents – come to Washington, D.C. for AIPAC's Annual Policy Conference.  Delegates hear from top White House officials, Congressional leaders and Israeli government ministers.  The conference culminates in a trip to Capitol hill where delegates meet with their Members of Congress to advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.  Interested students and campus professionals apply for a seat at the conference through AIPAC'S Leadership Development Department.

The Milstein Family Foundation Campus Allies Mission to Israel

May 21 – June 1, 2016

The Milstein Family Foundation Campus Allies Mission to Israel, which is only open to those who have not been to Israel and are not eligible for Birthright Israel, is designed for pro-Israel political activist and student leaders who are not Jewish.  Participants experience the land of the Bible, gain a deeper understanding of the strategic and social issues facing Israel today, and examine the challenges and opportunities associated with the U.S.-Israel alliance.

Diamond Summer and Semester Internships

Fall, Spring, Summer

AIPAC's Diamond Internship Program enables students to contribute to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship by working for one of the most dynamic lobbying groups in American politics.  AIPAC offers Diamond internships in Washington, D.C. and around the country for undergraduate and graduate students.  Diamond Interns develop their own political activism skills by bringing research, writing, and event-planning experiences to a host of projects that help advance AIPAC's mission.

Summer Seminar Series / Regional Intern Seminars

June, July, and August 2016

AIPAC's Summer Seminar Series events, which are held on a regular basis throughout June and July, attract hundreds of Washington-based interns interested in politics and the U.S.-Israel alliance.  Past speakers have included: Former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.  Regional Intern Seminars are also hosted by AIPAC's regional and satellite offices throughout the country each summer.

Progressive Student Retreat

TBD 2016

This unique opportunity will bring together self-identified progressive supporters of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship to share their perspectives, discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with being a progressive supporter of Israel, and develop an agenda for the engagement of greater numbers of progressive pro-Israel political activists.  Students will hear from progressive policymakers and opinion leaders as well as those AIPAC  officials working most closely with the progressive political community.

Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit

TBD 2016

Each year AIPAC partners with select Jewish Day Schools, synagogues, national youth groups, and teen leadership organizations to bring 400 student leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C. for Israel advocacy and political activism training.  Through AIPAC's Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit, AIPAC identifies and mentors high school students committed to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship through the American political process.

Engaging Washington from Abroad

Year Round 

Hundreds of deeply committed American students travel to Israel each year to spend time studying on Israeli campuses.  Recognizing that these students are among their generation's most passionate pro-Israel activists, AIPAC's Leadership Development Department mobilizes these American students while they are studying in Israel.  This exciting new initiative has transformed this previously-untapped constituency into a tangible asset for the pro-Israel political movement.