Program Instructor - Civic Education

Program Instructors engage middle and high school students from across the United States in controversial public policy discussions while using the nation’s capital as their classroom. Program Instructors lead students through a life-changing educational experience which includes historic sites, iconic monuments and memorials, Smithsonian museums, as well as facilitating issue-based debates.

Close Up’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. As a non-profit/non-partisan leader in civic education since 1971, we believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore we seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing.



  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in political science, history, education, social science or related field)
  • Passion for working with diverse students in grades 6-12
  • Interest in current public policy issues, history, politics, government and experiential education
  • Capable of keeping up with the intensity of the Program schedule, hopping on and off buses throughout the day, preparing and leading daily program components, and coordinating the movement of a large group of students on all program activities in the Washington, D.C. area and other program locations



The Program Instructor schedule is not your standard nine to five work week. Each week will mirror the program schedule to which an Instructor is assigned, generally a 55-hour week. Program schedules typically run from 8am through 10pm most days, and programs usually start late afternoon on Sundays and run through Thursday night.


Contract Dates

January 3, 2019 through July 29, 2019 with the option for an earlier end date. Beyond the initial contract, there is room for career growth at the Foundation. **Possible earlier start dates available.**



Benefits specific to Program Instructors include: all program meals; 120+ hours of paid training in our curriculum, methodology and programming, followed by on-going professional development; the opportunity to receive a free graduate credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper and certification in CPR & First Aid.

Other benefits offered: Health and Dental Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, Transportation Subsidy, Metro Accessible Locations (office & program sites).


If you are excited about the prospect of becoming a Program Instructor, we welcome you to apply and explore how you can be part of an amazing network of Program Instructors who have led more than 850,000 students over 45 years through a “once-in-a-lifetime” Close Up experience.

Please apply via our online application at

Only applications with a cover letter AND résumé will be considered. Please address cover letter to Katie Whitmire, Manager of Student Programs. 

Close Up Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics.

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