Civic Engagement Program

Civic Engagement is an innovative space at the Institute of Politics focused on developing the next generation of civic leaders. Our programs are based on three key principles: leadership development, public service, and political exploration. We offer a variety of student-led programs, workshops, and treks that help young people activate their interest in politics and public affairs. Students from all divisions are welcome to engage in our programming, including:


Develop the skills necessary to impact your communities through our leadership programs

The Gate
Leaders of Color
Women in Public Service

Pursue your own ideas on how to impact the political landscape through initiatives like:

New Americans UChicago
Chicago Peace Corps
LegUP Woodlawn

Get hands-on opportunities to learn the fundamentals of policy and public affairs by engaging with practitioners from across the political spectrum.

Explore politics around the world by seeing first-hand how governments work, watching politicians in action, visiting government offices, and comparing how government works in a wide range of diverse settings.


With any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Civic Engagement team:

Support for the IOP Civic Engagement program comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Michael and Jennifer Freedman, Howard L. Gottlieb Foundation and the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute.

Download the PDF overview on the IOP Civic Engagement Program