Who should apply?

Who should apply to NEW Leadership® New Jersey?

NEW Leadership® is open to students at all higher education institutions in New Jersey. Eligible applicants must be registered for the 2024-2025 academic year in either a two-year institution or be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior at a four-year institution.

CAWP is committed to including students from diverse socioeconomic, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and racial backgrounds in each NEW Leadership® program. We strongly encourage students of color, non-traditional students, students who may be gender non-conforming, nonbinary, or transgender and students majoring in fields outside political science to apply.

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"Not only did I gain leadership skills, I left the program with a strong network of future leaders."

At NEW Leadership® you will

• DISCOVER your own leadership potential

• LEARN about the political process and how policy decisions are made

• BECOME an effective advocate for the issues you care about

• MEET successful women leaders

• BUILD valuable networks with peers and mentors


NEW Leadership® is supported by donations from corporate sponsors and individuals that cover some of the program costs. Each participating college and university is asked to pay a $250 program fee per student. There is no direct cost to the students. Meals for all virtual and in-person programming will be subsidized by the Center for American Women and Politics and students will receive additional materials and resources.

Applicants are required to provide contact information for a faculty or staff member at their school who agrees to assist them in obtaining funding for the NEW Leadership® program fee. A limited number of scholarships will be available to students who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their schools.

Please contact Thu Nguyen at tun3@rutgers.edu if you are unable to find funding or cannot reach a funding contact.