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Student Opportunities

The IOP aims to inspire in students an active interest in public service. Through student-led leadership development programs and workshops, young people develop the tools to become leaders, public servants and advocates.


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

UChiVotes In Action

We help you vote, no matter what.

We provide you with the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up for election reminders and get help with voter registration and voting by mail — all in one place!

Become a Voting Ambassador

Voting ambassadors are in charge of mobilizing voters, directing students to UChiVotes content, and engaging their personal networks and RSOs. Come to a voting ambassador training, and use your voice to help people vote!

Student-Led Programs

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

Leaders of Color

A student-run leadership development program for undergraduate students of color.


A group for queer people who are interested in public service, queer political and policy issues, and building leadership skills.

Female, nonbinary and trans students outside Institute of Politics, laughing.


W+, Women and Gender Minorities in Public Service, works to create a space that empowers female, nonbinary, and trans students to explore and cultivate their passion for public service.

The Gate

The Gate, UChicago’s political newspaper, publishes long-form articles on university, local, national, and world politics.


Bridge brings volunteers into Cook County Jail and Illinois Youth Center to provide creative writing workshops and voter education for incarcerated individuals. Bridge also puts on events focused on criminal justice.


TechTeam works to create websites, build apps, and create digital tools for community organizations and local government. Tech Team also puts on events focused on civic tech, and provides tech workshops and opportunities to grow skills.

IOP 24

Young people will play a pivotal role in shaping the country’s direction in the 2024 elections and beyond. The IOP 24 campaign is a unique set of opportunities to help UChicago students get involved in the months leading up to the 2024 elections.

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