IDF launched its annual extended learning trip by visiting Las Vegas in 2013 and then continued it with a San Francisco trip in 2014. This year we’re venturing farther afield and confronting the demons of Super Bowl XLIX by travelling all the way to Boston.
As with San Francisco and Vegas, this trip will be Thursday–Sunday, with programming on Friday and Saturday. Due to the price of Boston hotels, we’re offering both double and quad rates. The fee will cover your hotel rooms and programming. Airfare is on your own.
Dates: Thurs-Sunday, Sept. 24-27, 2015
Cost: $495 (double)/$295 (quad)/$365 (triple)*, plus a $25 application fee
How to apply: fill out the online application below.
Application deadline: Wednesday, July 15
*To be guaranteed a quad or a triple, you must arrange your own quad or triple group from among those admitted to the program. If you would like a quad or triple but don’t have your own group, we will do our best to accommodate.
What is IDF Boston, and why is IDF doing this?
A group of IDF alums and others with a connection to Washington state politics and public policy will spend three days in the Boston area in September. This will be structured similar to a stand-alone version of a travel weekend during the core IDF program. The core IDF program provides an overview of Washington state politics and public policy issues. The IDF Boston weekend will give the opportunity to learn about the political and policy issues facing another coastal state, enjoy a fun weekend in a fun destination, and build or maintain connections with IDF. There will be a pre-trip meeting on a weeknight in late August/early September.
When is it?
Thursday night through Sunday night, September 24-27, 2015. Programming will be on Friday and Saturday.
Who can apply?
You can apply if you are either (1) an IDF alum, or (2) an adult over the age of 21 and a Democrat with a connection to Washington state politics and/or public policy. As long as you meet one of these two criteria, you do not need to be a current resident of Washington state to apply.
What’s the application process, and who gets in?
Click here for the application. Regular applications are due by May 25. The IDF Board will make admission decisions based on connections to and experience in Washington state politics and/or public policy, interest in the program, personal references, demographics, and available space. Decisions from the early application pool will be announced by June 1. If there’s still space available, we’ll consider late applications until mid-July.
How much does it cost?
Once admitted, the cost to participate in the program is $295 per person with a quad room, $465 for a double room, and $810 for a single. A $100 deposit will be required to secure your place within a week of our admissions decision, and this deposit becomes nonrefundable if you don’t cancel by Monday, August 3.
What’s included in the cost?
The costs includes your hotel room and taxes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, meeting space, and programming. Because participants will be coming from different parts of Washington, may have different travel schedules, and have different airline preferences, participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including ground transportation to/from the airport. Some programming-related ground transportation may be included.
Where are we staying?
We will be staying at the Hotel Boxer, located in Downtown Boston.
Can I request specific roommates?
Yes, and we’ll do our best to accommodate requests.
What airport should I fly to?
Boston’s Logan Airport is your best option. Flights are currently running between $300 and $400. Once you’re admitted, we recommend booking early to avoid fare increases. Alaska and JetBlue are the two airlines that fly nonstop between Seattle and Boston, but there are more options if you connect in another city.
Can I bring my spouse/significant other/friend on the program?
The program itself is limited to participants, so your spouse/significant other can either apply for and participate in the program, or he or she can travel to Boston and stay with you in your hotel room as long as you pay the single room rate.
What will the programming involve?
We will have programming from late morning until late afternoon or early evening on Friday and Saturday. Topics we plan to cover may include transportation and transit, housing policy and affordability, the Big Dig, higher education, and Boston and Massachusetts politics and history.
Contact IDF Board Chair John Schochet, who is coordinating the program.