The Iowa Project 2020

The Iowa Project is a one-of-a-kind program run through the Institute of Politics that pairs UChicago students from any division with paid internships working on the Iowa caucuses. This year will be the second iteration of the project, following its launch in 2015 in the run-up to the 2016 election. That year, the Iowa Project arranged 24 student internships with news outlets such as ABC, CNN, and FOX News, campaigns including Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio, and non-partisan political strategy groups such as LS2 Group. This year the project will be expanding, including more news agencies and offering more campaign spots.

Students apply to one of two tracks, the journalism track or the field track, and are matched with an employer with assistance from the IOP. During the Winter and Spring Quarters, students admitted to the Iowa Project cohort will attend on-campus "campaign bootcamps" with political strategists, journalists, and public servants from Iowa in order to gain a deeper understanding of the political environment of the Iowa caucuses and to walk into their internships better prepared. Cohort members will also attend a two-day journalism conference to expand their skills and their network, and they will participate in a trip to Des Moines, Iowa during Spring Quarter to finalize housing, get a lay of the land, and see what Iowa's all about. 

Important dates to note:

  • Tue, Dec 4: Application process opens
  • Fri, Dec 7: Info session with IOP alums from 12-1p at the IOP
  • Wed, Jan 16: Info session with IOP alums from 12-1p at the IOP
  • Fri, Jan 18: Application closes
  • Fri, Feb 8: Student cohort selected
  • March 2019: Programming starts: Fellows, campaign bootcamps, etc.
  • Summer 2019: Internships in Des Moines begin

If you have any questions, please contact the IOP’s Communications Director Matthew Jaffe at

Read about The Iowa Project 2016 here