Frequently Asked Questions
For more than 20 years, Leadership Initiatives has partnered with outstanding high school students to gain real-world experience, explore future careers, and develop critical skills to create the next generation of leaders worldwide. As a nonprofit organization, we are proud to offer real internships that impact the lives of students and the individuals they are partnered with.
Leadership Initiatives offers the leading experiential education programs for high school students with endorsements from the Microsoft Youthspark Program, the Starbucks Foundation, the International Youth Foundation, GlobalGiving, TestRocker, and the Future First Foundation.
Join us today and start an internship with a business in the developing world, work with an attorney on an impending court case of national importance, develop anti-terrorism security strategies or partner with a doctor to diagnose patients in sub-Saharan Africa.
Leadership Initiatives has created seven first-of-their-kind programs for high school students who want to develop their leadership skills, gain real-world job experience, and change lives around the world.
The Advanced Law & Trial Internship Tier I and Tier II partners students with a D.C. law firm for an accelerated law internship to work on real court cases of national importance.
The Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship allows students to work with real patients and receive medical training from medical experts and Howard University.
The International Leadership & Business Internship partners students with real businesses in the developing world to develop critical and targeted business skills and experience.
The National Security & Intelligence Internship partners students with a real security firm in West Africa to create security solutions with former FBI and Military leaders for Yobe State University which has been attacked by the Boka Haram, an international terrorist group, several times since 2015.
We care a great deal about our students and their success. In addition to encountering some of the most memorable and unprecedented experiences, we also prepare students for college and professional life like no other program out there through our exclusive benefits:
One-on-one mentor time from Leadership Initiatives mentorship pool
5:1 student-staff ratio
Leading experts from top companies, law firms, hospitals, and universities
Free ACT/SAT training from TestRocker
Scholarship search assistance
Unlimited college application essays – reviewed and edited
3 scholarship application essays – reviewed and edited
Choose your own adventure tours of embassies, businesses, medical institutes, and legal sites
Admissions counseling from Ivy League admissions experts
Nominations for each program can be submitted through our nomination page. We examine all nominations on a case by case basis. Students are allowed to self-nominate but we will need an official recommendation from a teacher, school official, or principal before you can be admitted to the program. If you are selected, you will be notified accordingly.
After you have completed the enrollment process and made the initial deposit for the program, you will receive an email containing a confirmation of your enrollment, materials needed to attend the program, and more information about the program you enrolled in. If you enrolled using a payment plan, more information about the payments will be included in the email. If you did not receive a confirmation email or received one in error, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the issue will be promptly resolved.
If your first choice for a program date is full, please email email@example.com and let them know that you would like to be placed on the waiting list. All students on the waiting list will be contacted on a first come first serve basis when and if space becomes available.
Leadership Initiatives operates on rolling admissions. We continue to evaluate applications as long as space is available. Because many of our sessions fill by the middle of February, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure your first choice of program and session.
If you would like to attend but do not think you will be able to meet the deadline for registration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can review additional programming options.
The following cancellation fees apply once the student has enrolled in our summer programs.
|Cancellation Period||Total Cancellation Fee|
|Enrolled For Less Than 72 Hours||Program Deposit|
|Enrolled for Less than 2 Weeks||$200|
|Enrolled For More Than Two Weeks||$500|
|Enrolled For More Than Four Weeks||Entire Tuition|
* If any college application benefits are used (Testrocker ACT/SAT prep, college essay assistance, college admissions assistance, mentoring program) participants are subject to a $500 cancellation fee.
Leadership Initiatives strives to make our programs accessible for all students. Our flexible cancellation policy allows students to cancel program attendance for any reason with a notice of 20 days before their selected program begins. Students that need to cancel their attendance for a program will receive credit for the amount they paid which can be used to attend another program during the summer of 2023. Students can also choose to defer their attendance until the following year.
Tuition, Payment Plans and Benefits
|2023 In-Person Program||Dates||Price|
|The Advanced Law & Trial Internship||July 9th - July 15th, 2023|
July 16th - July 22nd, 2023
|The Advanced Law & Trial Internship Tier II||July 23rd - July 29th, 2023||$3800|
|The Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship||July 9th - July 15th, 2023|
July 16th - July 22nd, 2023
July 23rd - July 29th, 2023
|The Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship||July 23rd - July 29th, 2023||$4000|
|The International Leadership & Business Internship||July 9th - July 15th, 2023||$3250|
|National Security & Intelligence Internship||July 16th - July 22nd, 2023||$3400|
|Jumpstart Program||July 23rd - July 29th, 2023||$3200|
|2023 Online Program||Dates||Price|
|The Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship||July 30th - August 11th, 2023||$2250|
|The Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship||June 12th - June 23rd, 2023||$2500|
Tuition for our program is all-inclusive.
During the program tuition includes:
|Faculty and Staff (5:1 Student to Staff Ratio)||Included|
|Curriculum and Materials||Included|
|College Admissions Counseling Sessions||Included|
|Lectures, Mentor Sessions, and Workshops||Included|
|Academic Benefits (SAT/ACT Training, College Assistance)||Included|
Leadership Initiatives offers a variety of flexible options to pay for program tuition. These payment options range from paying in full at the time of enrollment to a twelve-month, zero-interest payment plan. Below are all payment options.
Pay in full: Program participants can opt to pay 100% of the tuition cost in one single payment at the time of enrolling. The tuition amount is typically charged within 72 hours of enrollment. A $100 tuition discount is applied for participants who opt to pay in full.
Payment Plans: Program participants can also pay for tuition in zero-interest monthly payments. These payment plans allow participants to pay in evenly-distributed payments over an agreed period of time. LI’s payment plans are not a loan from a financial institution or bank but do require the completion of a repayment agreement. Three, six, nine, and twelve-month payment plans are available. Participants can opt to pay the entirety of their remaining tuition balance off at any point during the payment period. Additional discounts are available for certain payment plans (see below).