Capitol Crash Course

An insider’s guide to how Pennsylvania’s state government works…and doesn’t.

The program kicks off on Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2020, at PNA Headquarters.  Students will gather at 5 p.m. for dinner where they’ll meet their mentors, get an overview of Harrisburg politics and prepare for the upcoming days.

On Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24, participants will spend two intensive days at the Capitol visiting with Harrisburg insiders, observing committees at work, catching the House and Senate in session, meeting legislators and talking with lobbyists. All the while, their assigned mentors will be guiding them and working one-on-one with them to produce a final project. Everyone will gather on Tuesday afternoon for a recap and final analysis. The program concludes by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

Created especially for journalism students at Pennsylvania colleges and universities who want to learn about reporting on state government. Up to six students will be selected. Must be a junior or senior majoring in journalism or communications.

Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020.  Applications should be mailed to the PNA Foundation, 3899 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA  17110, or emailed to the PNA Foundation.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 17.

Capitol Crash Course Application

Overnight rooms will be provided for two nights with all meals included.

Questions? Contact the PNA Foundation via email or by phoning (717) 703-3003.

This is a project of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s Fellows Fund for the Future.