Announcing the Alexander Hamilton Society's Inaugural National Institute, June 3-10, 2018


The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural Alexander Hamilton Society National Institute! This one-week seminar-style course will take place June 3rd through June 10th, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and will explore the foundational framework of Hamiltonian studies. Comprising of two classroom sessions per day with leading AHS faculty, the National Institute will educate students in the first principles of strategic, defense, and economic policies and challenge students to think independently, creatively, and strategically about the challenges to America’s historic place in the world. This experience will be augmented by exposure to national security practitioners, AHS alumni and renown scholars. Students will grapple with how America has defined its core national interests while analyzing the various ways in which it has pursued them. Topics will include: Foundations of American Exceptionalism, Strategy and Statecraft, War and Politics, American Economic Order, Industry, Enterprise, and American Power, and Freedom in Foreign Policy.

Pulling from a pool of over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students who annually attend our campus programs, the highly selective application process will yield students who have an excellent academic track record, demonstrate campus leadership, and maintain an interest in public service. Only a small number of students (~15) will be selected to allow for a more intimate and discussion-based experience.

This is a fully-funded program; housing, most meals, and travel vouchers are all provided.

The application can be found HERE. Students are required to upload the following documents to the application (PDF or Word format only):

The deadline to apply is February 12th, 2018.

  • CV or résumé

  • Personal Statement: Describe your background, your intellectual interests, and how the Alexander Hamilton Society could contribute to these. (500 words or less)

  • Unofficial Transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions

  • An academic writing sample (10 pages maximum, double-spaced)

  • The names and contact information, (phone numbers and email addresses) of at least 2 references, preferably professors or employers.

  • High resolution head shot (this does not have to be a PDF)

Eligibility Requirements:

We seek students who share the Hamilton Society's commitment to American leadership in the international realm, support for America’s allies, and an understanding that America’s greatness is the result of its commitment to individual liberty, limited government, a strong military, economic freedom, and democracy.

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting programs in Spring 2018

  • GPA of 3.4 or higher preferred

  • Not required to be an AHS chapter officer, but preferred

We look forward to welcoming the inaugural class to the AHS National Institute! Please contact Cherise ( if you have any questions.

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. As we build a national network of outstanding students, faculty, and professionals, we sponsor debates at colleges and universities, as well as in major cities, and provide other opportunities for our members to flourish intellectually, professionally, and personally.

Our members—on 50 campuses, as well as in Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—are united by basic convictions about the United States and its role in the world.