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The IOP has many events and seminars throughout the year, and many engagement opportunities to offer UChicago students and others. Sign up for one or more of our weekly newsletters to stay up to date on all IOP news, events, and information!

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RESERVE A ROOM

Students are welcome to reserve rooms at the IOP for meetings, events, study breaks, etc. If you are interested in holding a meeting at the IOP house, please complete the form below, and a staff member will follow up with you.

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POLITICAL EXPLORATION TRIPS

Every year the IOP hosts trips that range from Chicago to California, from our nation's capital in Washington, D.C. to the Illinois state capital of Springfield. Each trip offers groups of 10-20 students the chance to meet with practitioners, learn about organizations and government agencies, and explore internship and career opportunities.

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VOLUNTEER AT OUR EVENTS

Help the IOP execute event logistics, event promotion, and ensure that our guest speaker enjoy their visit to campus.

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BE A FELLOWS AMBASSADOR

Serve as a chief liaison to IOP Fellows, assisting with their IOP and UChicago engagements, and get mentored by some of the most successful practitioners in politics ad publics service.

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PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT

WHAT: Teach. Tutor. Mentor. Consult. Engage. The Student Civic Engagement Program supports our community action projects (CAP), and is considered the action arm of the IOP. We help train students to develop, manage, and lead civic engagement projects with local politicians, schools, and and communities. WHO: All students, regardless of major, program, or involvement with IOP programming. WHEN: Different projects have different sign-up times and application cycles, click on the button for more detailed information about each project. WHEN: Generally, each project asks for a commitment of roughly four hours per week.

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GET AN INTERNSHIP

WHAT: 300 IOP-Metcalf paid internships in the summer, 36 paid part-time internships during the year, and a summer stipend program to help you fund your own internship. Need we say more? WHO: Summer internships are open to undergraduate students, regardless of major, program, or involvement with IOP programming. Academic year internships are open to all students, regardless of major, program, or involvement with IOP programming. HOW: All internships are application-based. WHEN: Applications are posted throughout the year on UChicago's CCC website.

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WORK AT THE IOP

Work at the IOP during the academic year as one of our IOP House Interns, working closely with IOP staff to facilitate operations and programming, playing a central role in supporting the IOP's many activities | Paid, 10-15 hours/week | Applications open April 6, 2017

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PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL POLICY PROGRAM

WHAT: The IOP's International Policy Program (IPP) is a student-run, IOP-staff-advised program that focuses on increasing international policy-related programming and opportunities on campus. WHO: All students, regardless of major, program, or involvement with IOP programming. WHEN: Weekly seminar series titled "Foreign Policy Fridays" and various site visits and mentorship meetings throughout each quarter. HOW: Visit the website to learn more about this program.

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JOIN THE STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD

WHAT: The Student Advisory Board is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who work in tandem with IOP staff and Board of Advisors to plan programming and carry out the mission of the Institute on campus. WHO: All students who have been actively engaged with the IOP in a meaningful way. HOW: Applications to join the SAB open March of each year, and can be found on Chicago Career ConnectionWHEN: Once accepted onto the board, students are required to commit roughly five – eight hours per week for one – two years.

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WRITE FOR THE GATE

WHAT: The Gate is an independent, undergraduate online publication that covers politics and policy on local, national, and international levels. WHO: All students, regardless of major, program, or involvement with IOP programming. HOW: Fill out The Gate’s general interest form.

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