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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.

Upcoming Receptions

Conservative Student Reception

IOP House

Oct 02, 2023 5:00 p.m.

Learn about the many opportunities available at the IOP, network with other conservative students and enjoy a free meal on us! No RSVP required.

First-Generation and Low-Income Student Reception

IOP House

Oct 09, 2023 5:00 p.m.

Network with other first-generation and low-income students, learn about the many opportunities available to students and enjoy a night of community (and a meal) with us! No RSVP required.

Coffee Hour at the IOP

IOP House

Oct 06, 2023 10:00 a.m.

Come check out the IOP house, meet other students and treat yourself to free coffee!


UChiVotes is a student-led, non-partisan civic engagement group run out of the Institute of Politics whose goal is to increase voter turnout in the UChicago community. Join the movement and help us become the top voting campus in the country.

Upcoming Info Session:

October 3 | 7:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room

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

Our student-led programs offer hands-on programming for students to develop as leaders and explore the myriad avenues of public service.


Bridge aims to connect UChicago students with incarcerated community members through writing workshops and civic education.

Upcoming Info Sessions:

October 3 | 6:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room

October 16 | 6:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room


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

Upcoming Info Session:

October 1 | 2:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room

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.

Upcoming Info Session:

October 1 | 5:00 p.m. | IOP Backyard

The Gate

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

Upcoming Info Session

October 1 | 3:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room


TechTeam's mission is to provide pro-bono technical solutions to non–profit and governmental organizations within Chicago.

Upcoming Info Sessions

September 27 | 6:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room

September 30 | 6:00 p.m. | Virtual

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 learn about and get involved in the months leading up to the 2024 elections.

Upcoming Info Session

October 6 | 4:30 p.m. | IOP Living Room

Event Ambassadors

Help us pull off our large public events and get backstage access to some of our most prominent guests, including political leaders, journalists, activists and advocates.

Upcoming Info Session:

September 27 | 12:00 p.m. | IOP Living Room

Registration not required

Bridging the Divide

The Bridging the Divide public service leadership program brings urban and rural students together to listen and learn from each other, have productive – and sometimes uncomfortable – conversations that encourage students to break down ideological and geographical barriers.

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