In Altum
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In Altum Program

Five days in Washington D.C.


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Explore Washington D.C.

In this experience, participants will delve "into higher things" and grow in their cultural, spiritual, and interpersonal knowledge. Participants will be inspired by intense lectures, guided tours and group discussions. By meeting other Catholics, experiencing life as a Catholic in the United States, and spending time in prayer, you will experience great growth and renewing of your mind. 


A. Program Description


WhAT DOES In altum MEAN?

In Altum comes from the Latin quote “duc in altum” that Jesus says to St. Peter in Luke 5:4. Sometimes translated in English as "put out into the deep," it can also be translated as "into higher things".


See the incredible things that the U.S. capital has to offer. From the Washington Monument to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC is famous for its monuments, museums, and history but most for its rich intellectual discourse.


Hear talks on the American political landscape at the Heritage Foundation, Catholic theology at the Dominican House of Studies, business and entrepreneurship with leading thinkers, and attend pro-life lobbies to learn about the critical intersection between Catholicism, business, and government in the US.


Spend time with other Catholics, attend daily mass in beautiful D.C. churches like the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and have time set aside for personal prayer.


B. Content

The In Altum Program itinerary balances intellectual discussion, cultural engagement, and spiritual growth.

In Altum participants explore a wide range of topics for the duration of the program through a variety of different formats: conferences, meetings, seminars, and lectures. IAP participants are, in most cases, hosted by the speakers, otherwise meetings take place in a conference room.


The speakers. Our speakers come from a variety of professional backgrounds and experiences. We care a lot about providing a holistic study of the current social context. In the past, we have met with White House speech writers, senators, teachers, CEOs, policy makers, finance experts, researchers from different think tanks and more.


The content. Participants are given a pre-trip guide and mandatory reading materials that must be covered pre-departure. Because we are constantly learning from speakers about different complex issues, whether on public policy, finance, or theology, we expect our participants to be prepared to engage profoundly with the ideas presented.


Cultural engagement. While our program is geared towards the pursuit and study of higher values and ideas, participants are allowed limited time slots to explore DC and its cultural richness.

C. One Day in the Program

Here we provide some context for what a full day in the program might look like based on the previous iteration of our program. Please note that the actual schedule will vary.

  • 6:00 AM - Wake up & breakfast

  • 7:00 AM - Leave for a tour and Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

  • 8:30 AM - Walk to Catholic University of America

  • 8:45 AM - Lecture on “Ethics and Economic Development: Human Flourishing in the Business World”

  • 9:45 AM - Lecture on “Natural Law Tradition and Morality: the Role of Government”

  • 10:45 AM - Walk to the Dominican House of Studies (DHS)

  • 11:00 AM - Tour & prayer at DHS

  • 11:30 AM - Seminar on “Classic and Modern Approaches to ‘The Good Life’“

  • 1:30 PM - Catered Lunch

  • 2:15 PM - Transportation to Downtown, DC; walk through the National Mall.

  • 3:00 PM - Conference on “Conservatism and Progressive Politics in the 21st Century”

  • 4:00 PM - Seminar on “Economic Freedom and the Welfare State”

  • 5:00 PM - Free time to visit museums at the National Mall such as the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Museums, Lincoln Memorial, etc.

  • 7:00 PM - Dinner at local restaurant, talk on “The Family as the Foundation of Society” and “Thoughts on Love and Responsibility by St. John Paul II”

  • 8:30 PM - Social gathering / networking opportunity with distinguished guests.

  • 10:30 PM - Head back to housing

D. Places to Visit

These are some of the institutions we have visited:


Research and educational institution whose mission is to build and promote conservative public policies. Home of more than a 100 policy experts that present solutions that represent conservative principles.

CAtholic university of America

Catholic University is a higher education institution that whose teachings are “faithfully Catholic, conformed in all things to the creed of the Church and the Holy See.” CUA began its first academic year in 1889 with the mass of the Holy Spirit.


The official residence and the workplace of the President of the United States of America since 1800, seat of the national executive branch, burned in the War of 1812 with Great Britain.


The largest Catholic church in the United States, amongst the top 10 in the world, tallest habitable building in Washington DC, with 70 chapels honoring Mary, designated by USCCB as a national sanctuary.

Dominican house of Studies

Established as a Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in 1941, a Gothic-styled formation community of Dominican candidates for Holy Orders and home to popular bluegrass band The Hillbilly Thomists.


Shrine dedicated to the worship of God and to furthering devotion to St. John Paul II. Visitors can attend daily Mass, receive the sacraments, and venerate a first-class relic of St. John Paul II. A place to encounter the mission and legacy of St. John Paul II.


A pro-life Obstetrics and Gynecology medical practice serving northern Virginia with a mission of merciful medicine, Christ-centered relationships, and Scriptural justice with a view of fertility as a blessing.

Museum of the Bible

Innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. Located just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history.

And more…


E. Alumni Testimonials

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“It is really nice to see that there are many people that embrace their faith in their professional environment. We have this formation which is the fuel and this program is like a spark. […] It will inspire you to make the most of your faith.”

- DIOGO BRAGANÇA, Physics Ph.D. Student, Stanford University

“I was very excited to join this program, for all the opportunities to meet with great speakers, teachers, and visit so many institutions [...] As a nurse, I really enjoyed our visit to Tepeyac [pro-life clinic]. I want to start a similar clinic back in Portugal. I want to live my faith more seriously.”

- MARIA TERESA LEITÃO, Luz Hospital Lisbon

“One of the most important parts of my life is the way I live my faith in every aspect of my life, whether professionally or politically. This program has helped me see how other people do that, how they place Christ first, sometimes, with a lot of personal sacrifice and a lot of creativity with a lot of love for others and for Truth.

It has been wonderful meeting these people and understanding how in my life, career, and personal relations I can place Christ as the first and main thing.”

- ANTÓNIO PEDRO BARREIRO, Political Science M.A., Catholic University of Portugal


F. Application Process

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.

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Application Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage applicants to apply early in order to gain greater consideration for the program and secure their spot.

Once slots are filled we will close applications!

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Applicant Profile

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. Once a candidate’s application is reviewed, they will receive an invitation to a 30-minute online video interview. The main purpose of this interview is to better understand the participant’s background and fit for the program.

Candidates should take into account the following:

  • Business Formal should be the attire.

  • English proficiency is required.


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.


The In Altum Program has a fee of $169 USD. This program fee includes: i) all content, ii) all meals during the program, and iii) DC Transportation.

Additionally, participants can opt into frugal housing accommodations arranged by In Altum at a cost of $239 USD.

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• Enlighten Yourself • Go Higher • Strengthen your Faith •

“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

- ROMANS 12:2