College Leaders Career Conference Application Instructions

Please note that there is no way to save the application and return to work on it later. For this reason, we recommend preparing all of the following information in advance in another program so that you can save your responses to the essay questions.

There are several short essay questions that each require up to a 300 word response. The questions are:

* Describe your recent leadership activities in politics or other endeavors. What do you consider to be your highest leadership achievement so far? What challenges did you face along the way?
*Tell us about a time you went into a situation with an opinion, and through engaging with someone who had a different opinion or perspective from you, you changed your mind or your opinion evolved?  This can be a political example or a personal example.
* What policy issues in Virginia have inspired you to get involved?
* What are your professional or academic goals following graduation?
* What specific skills, knowledge or resources do you hope to gain by participating in the Sorensen Institute College Leaders Career Conference?

As well as a short response to:

* How did you learn about the Sorensen Institute?

Once you start the application there is no way to save partial work so make sure you have everything you need to complete the application.

Applicants may also submit a resume or activity sheet and up to two letters of recommendation. These letters are not required, and we will not review more than two letters. To be considered, letters can be either emailed to by May 17th, addressed to:

Sarah Campbell
Sorensen Institute
P.O. Box 400206
Charlottesville, VA 22904

When submitting your application, please do not type in all capital letters.


How to Apply

Students who wish to apply should be aware of the following deadlines:

Students who wish to have priority evaluation and notification can apply by the Early Bird deadline, midnight on Monday, April 15, 2019.  Supplementary materials must be received by Sorensen by midnight on Monday, April 15, 2019 to qualify for Early Bird application.

The final deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.  Students applying by the final deadline must have all supplementary materials submitted to Sorensen by midnight on Wednesday, May 17th, 2019.

Applications are available online on our application page. The application includes some biographical information and some short answer and essay questions.  

In addition to completing the application, students should submit the following supplementary materials:
*Resume or activity sheet- resumes and activity sheets will be reviewed for content, not formatting or design. This should outline the student’s extracurricular activities, job experience, educational experience, awards or commendations, and special skills and competencies.
*An official or unofficial transcript from the university which they are attending
*Up to two optional letters of recommendation.

Supplementary materials may be submitted electronically via email to Sarah Campbell at  

Alternately, they may be mailed to:
The Sorensen Institute
Attn: Sarah Campbell
PO Box 400206
Charlottesville, VA 22904

If you have any questions about the College Leaders Career Conference, contact Sarah Campbell


Click here to begin your application to the 2019 College Leaders Career Conference.