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Program Instructor
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Close Up Foundation | Washington, DC
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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 our classroom. Program Instructors will lead students through a life-changing educational experience which includes historic sites, iconic monuments and memorials, Smithsonian museums, meetings with elected officials and key public policy experts, 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.

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.

We are currently hiring for a contract period of January 3, 2019 - July 29, 2019 with options for earlier start and end dates. Beyond the initial contract, there is room for growth at the Foundation. The salary is $2,643 per month plus benefits. Also offered are all program meals and the opportunity to receive a free graduate credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper. Program Instructors are provided 120 hours of paid training in our curriculum, methodology and programming followed by on-going professional development.

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.


  • 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.

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About Close Up Foundation

Close Up has been the nation's leading civic education provider since 1971. In that time, we've made it our mission to educate, inspire, and empower individuals to become active citizens in our democracy. Each year, through our Washington, D.C.-based experiential learning programs and our multi-media publications, we help more than 1 million students and teachers in 15,000 schools nationwide develop the skills needed to begin a lifetime of active citizenship. What sets us apart is our non-partisan approach to providing relevant content to students and teachers, and our unique teaching methodology specifically designed to appeal to mainstream students of all learning abilities. And we're the only organization of our kind to provide this approach to learning 52 weeks a year through:, Our D.C.-based civic ed programs for students in grades 6-12;, The 30th anniversary edition of Current Issues, the nation's leading supplemental social studies text; , Our student-centric TV show, Close Up at the Newseum, aired weekly on C-SPAN since 1979; and, Our "First Vote" classroom-based voter education and registration program. We are also committed to making citizenship education accessible to everyone, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic standing, or grade point average. Through annual funding from the U.S. Congress, private foundations, and corporations we provide financial aid to disadvantaged students to help them become better citizens.