Win a Trip to D.C. for Inauguration Week!

Continuity or Change? What do you expect from a Trump presidency?

Following what was likely the most historic presidential election in our nation’s history, Donald Trump will soon be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Traditionally, transitions of presidential power proceed smoothly. However, President-Elect Trump has promised to “drain the swamp” and move the country in an entirely new direction.

We want to hear what our students think about the public policy implications of the transition from an Obama administration to a Trump administration.

The 2017 Presidential Inauguration Student Essay Contest – sponsored by FIU in D.C., the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs - is a call for undergraduate students to submit essays examining a critical public policy debate. The topic can be anything from climate change or immigration to national security, education, Social Security and more.

The winner will travel all-expenses paid to Washington, D.C. to participate in Inauguration Week activities with FIU in D.C.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Essays should be no more than 1,000 words and emailed to The winner will be announced on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!