Political Exploration Trips

Overview

At the Institute of Politics, it is important to offer students opportunities to delve into political and public service issues that are important to them in a number of ways. In order to offer students the opportunity to engage actively with issues beyond campus, the IOP hosts political exploration trips to key areas of the country and the world each year! 

Each trip offer groups of 10-20 students the opportunity to meet with practitioners and explore internship and career options outside of Chicago. Unless otherwise noted, all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of program or major, are encouraged to apply to attend IOP trips. 

Please contact Sam Gonzalez, Partnerships & Engagement Coordinator, at samgonzalez@uchicago.edu with any questions. 

Upcoming Trips

Springfield, IL | College Break Day in February 2017

  • Application opens December 1, 2016
  • All expenses are covered by the IOP

Washington, DC | Spring Break 2017

  • Application opens January 12, 2017
  • The trip is partially covered by the IOP. Financial assistance is available.
     

Recent Trips:

  • Des Moines, IA for the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (January 31 - February 2) | VIDEO
  • Amherst, MA for the 2016 IMPACT National Conference (February 18 - 21)
  • Springfield, IL (February 11 - 12) | VIDEO (2015)
  • Washington, D.C. (March 21 - 23) | VIDEO (2015)
  • Havana, Cuba (June 12 - 18) | VIDEO
  • Cleveland, OH for the 2016 Republican Convention (July 17 - 22)
  • Philadelphia, PA for the 2016 Democratic Convention (July 24 - 29)
  • San Francisco, CA (December 2015) | VIDEO 
  • China (September 2014) | READ