Students and IOP Institute Director, David Axelrod, in Havana, Cuba in 2016

Political Exploration Treks


Political Exploration Treks take students from campus to how governments function first-hand. Open to all undergraduate students, Treks allow students to watch politicians in action, visit governmental offices, and compare how government works in both local and international settings. Bringing together students from multiple backgrounds and beliefs, Treks are also an opportunity to understand and explore every side of the political spectrum. 

Please contact Jenny Huang, Civic Engagement Program Coordinator, at with any questions. 

Upcoming Treks

There are no upcoming trips currently.

Applications are announced here and in our weekly "Student Opportunities" newsletter. If you would like to receive updates on political exploration opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter here and follow us on Facebook.

Past Treks Include:

  • Jakarta, Indonesia (June 11-19, 2017)
  • Washington, D.C. (March 20-24, 2017)
  • Springfield, IL (February 9-10, 2017)
  • Cleveland, OH for the 2016 Republican Convention (July 17-22, 2016)
  • Philadelphia, PA for the 2016 Democratic Convention (July 24-29, 2016)
  • Havana, Cuba (June 11-19, 2016) | VIDEO
  • Washington, D.C. (March 21-23, 2016) | VIDEO (2015)
  • Amherst, MA for the 2016 IMPACT National Conference (February 18-21, 2016)
  • Springfield, IL (February 11-12, 2016) | VIDEO (2015)
  • Des Moines, IA for the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (January 31-February 2, 2016) | VIDEO
  • San Francisco, CA (December 2015) | VIDEO 
  • China (September 2014) | READ