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Institute of Politics

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Civic Engagement

Providing pathways for students to explore public service, the democratic process, journalism, and the challenges that permeate public policy. Through workshops, treks, and student-led leadership programs, students develop the tools to become leaders, advocates, and public servants.

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UChiVotes

UChiVotes is a student-led, nonpartisan voter engagement initiative created to boost voter turnout and engagement on the UChicago campus.

Student-Led Programs

Through a diverse slate of student-led programs, students develop the tools to become leaders, advocates, and public servants.

Speaker Series

Each year, the Institute of Politics holds hundreds of events exploring the most pressing issues of our time and providing students and the public direct contact with guests spanning a vast spectrum of ideological, professional, and geographical backgrounds.

Internships and Careers

The Institute of Politics provides 300 fully-funded internships each year across the country and around the world. These opportunities offer our students the chance to do meaningful, often life-changing work in a wide variety of fields related to politics and public service.

Pritzker Fellows

The Pritzker Fellows Program brings to campus practitioners in politics, government, journalism, advocacy, and the nonprofit and policy worlds to share lessons from their distinguished careers. Through weekly seminars and office hours, our Fellows offer students invaluable insights and mentorship.

The Axe Files

IOP Founding Director David Axelrod brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.

Latest Episode

Ep. 577 —Ken Buck

Apr 25, 2024 61 mins

Former Rep. Ken Buck eludes simple classification. He grew up on the East Coast but says he felt more at home on his uncle’s Wyoming ranch as a kid. He is Princeton educated, but beelined for the Rocky Mountain West upon graduating. He is a former Freedom Caucus conservative who voted to certify the 2020 election and believes some of the charges against Donald Trump should be taken seriously. He resigned his seat in March 2024, citing the current dysfunction in Congress. Former Rep. Buck joined David to talk about his take on the Republican MAGA wing, Speaker Mike Johnson and how long he’ll hold his leadership role, attacks on the Department of Justice, his issues with the Affordable Care Act, and the importance of bipartisanship.

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