I should have mentioned before that I highly recommend the summer seminars put on by The Institute for Humane Studies every year. I’ve attended one for each of the previous two summers and had a wonderful time at each (they were Liberty and Current Issues in 2002 and Globalization and Poverty in 2003). They’re a lot of fun, a great way to make friends from all over the world, and the lectures are thought provoking. Overviews of this year’s seminars are available here. These are great ways to spend a week if you’re a college student or recent graduate interested in policy issues.
IHS pays for pretty much everything except travel to these seminars. Apply soon, as the deadline is just five days away.