About Washington

Washington, DC is a prime location for Polnet! Just six miles or so from the U.S. Capitol Building – where policy happens – you'll find the Schar School's campuses in Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia. Founders Hall, the conference venue, is situated in a convenient area in Arlington, and within 15-30 minutes by metro and driving to the central Washington, DC area. Students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, DC area. We are just a few miles from downtown with easy access to archives and museums, policy makers and think tanks, consulting firms, global companies and nonprofits, and national and international events. Additionally, the nation's Capital offers a plethora of cultural and recreation activities for visitors. Here are a few things to review before coming to Washington:

Cultural Tourism D.C.

Washington Post's EntertainmentGuide

Kennedy Center

NationalMall – National Park Service

NeighborhoodAthletic Association (recreational sports leagues)


Polnet Gallery

Important Dates:

Call for Proposals

December 1, 2017

Deadline to Submit Proposals and Apply for Funding

February 15, 2018

Notification of Acceptance

March 15, 2018

(Early Bird) Deadline to accept conference role and/or funding

April 1, 2018

Conference registration FINAL Deadline

April 30, 2018

Neighborhood Food and Drinks Arlington Just blocks from our conference venue, you will find a host of entertainment possibilities. Be sure to drop by North Side Social Wine and Coffee Bar to have taste of our signature Arlington coffee, the best coffee in the area! Some other popular places in the Arlington area include: Darna, Liberty Tavern, Spirit's of 76, Spider Kelly's, Clarendon Ballroom, Don Tito, Whitlows, Bar Bao, G.O.A.T and more! Find out more about Arlington here! For a more comprehensive list of things to do in DC, visit the official DC website here! For additional information about Washington, DC, check out some key facts on the Schar School website. We'll continue to update this page in the coming weeks. Please check back for more information!

More About Schar

George Mason University's Schar Schoolof Policy and Government prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government—in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Our students' commitment to public service exceeds far beyond their profession spheres — to the regional, national, and global communities.

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George Mason Center for the Arts

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