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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception  - Washington, DC.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Washington, DC.

QUESTIONS? Please contact us at contact@inaltumprogram.org

Applicant Profile

In Altum was born out of the desire to create a big impact in society. This impact is made possible by reaching out to talented individuals - whether still in school or young professionals, we care a lot about gathering high-character, mission-driven individuals.

In particular, we look for two things:

  1. Faith as a priority in life.

    In Altum participants are individuals who solidly believe and profess Catholic teaching and doctrine. They are committed to living a Christ-centered life in all different dimensions of their being: social, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional. They act in accordance to their faith and struggle every day to better understand how it plays out in their life. While we do not look for a deep theological understanding of Catholic doctrinal principles, we do expect participants to be familiar and committed to basic Church teaching.

  2. Incredible talent and determination.

    Our participants form an incredible cohort of brilliant individuals who not only have solid Catholic foundations, but have proven to have a brilliant academic and professional track record. While we do not ask for specific measurements of this success, such as a GPA minimum requirement or specific institutional background, we expect participants to be able to succinctly present how they have excelled in their particular field and in the particular stage of their career.

    Excellent applicants are able to demonstrate their talent through: excellent grades, leadership experience, professional experience, and determination to help and improve their communities.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the In Altum program has rolling deadlines. We strongly encourage applicants to apply early in order to gain greater consideration for the program. Once slots are filled we will close applications!

Application Process

We expect all applicants to demonstrate the ability to engage in intellectual discussion at a profound level. There is no minimum GPA requirement, however, our application process is highly selective and participants usually excel in their fields of study. Our application evaluation is exhaustive and all elements submitted are taken into account.

Stage 1

In filling out our application form, you will need to provide the following documents:

  1. Personal statement (400 - 600 words)

    The personal statement must answer the following questions:

    • Why are you interested in being a part of the In Altum Program?

    • How does your faith play a role in your everyday professional/academic life?

    • How does your academic/professional background show a record of dedication to excellence and how would you contribute to the program?

  2. Resume or CV

    • Each candidate’s resume must include details on educational background and professional experience, if applicable.

  3. GPA

    • GPA from college or graduate education should be provided.

    • Unofficial transcripts are requested in our application form but not needed. These can be in the form of a screenshot and do not need to be translated into English. Both university or graduate school transcripts are accepted. We understand administrative processes might make this documentation hard to obtain and we encourage applicants to submit their application without their transcripts if this is the case.

  4. One academic and/or professional reference

    • Academic references should be professors or mentors. Professional references should be past or current workplace supervisors.

    • Phone number and email must be provided.

    • No letters of recommendation are needed, only contact information.


Stage 2

Online Interview

Once an application is submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation email. Candidates are notified prior to two weeks after the date of submission of whether or not they have passed on to the next stage.

Candidates who move on to the second stage must participate on an online 45-minute interview.


Stage 3

Final decisions

Final decisions are sent out via email after the interview. Participants must confirm their enrollment no later than three business days after having been notified of our final decision.