The Iowa Project 2020

Check out the Iowa Project 2020 cohort!

Join us for our Iowa Fellows seminars!

Sue Dvosrky and Matt Strawn on "The Road to the White House Begins in Iowa"

  • 3/4 at 12:30pm: Why Iowa? How We Got Here | RSVP
  • 3/5 at 12:30pm: Caucus Night: The Republicans | RSVP
  • 3/5 at 3:30pm: Caucus Night: The Democrats | RSVP
  • 3/6 at 3:30pm: IOWA 2020: Who's In, Who's Out? | RSVP

What is the Iowa Project?

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 25 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. 


...about The Iowa Project 2016 here and take a look at some of our videos on the 2016 project:

Trek to Des Moines

Summer Recap

Caucus Night