Summer Policy Institute

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Policy Institute (SPI).
SPI 2014 applicants will be notified of their admission status by June 13th, 2014.

What It Is

This year’s Summer Policy Institute will be held August 3-6, 2014. The event brings together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience. SPI offers participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields.

The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy, a Tulsa-based think-tank that produces timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas on state policy issues, guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.

Who Can Participate

The Institute is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at an Oklahoma college or university, or graduate from an Oklahoma high school, who has completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit. Participants in the Institute are chosen by a competitive application process aimed at selecting students with strong academic training, diverse experiences, and a clear interest in the study and practice of public policy. Particular emphasis is given on selecting a class of participants from a range of educational institutions, fields of study, and geographic and cultural backgrounds.

The Program

The Institute involves a combination of seminars, panels, workshops and keynote addresses involving leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations. Subjects include Oklahoma’s legislative process, state budget and taxes, education, poverty and opportunity, and more.

For a better idea of the program, you can see last year’s agenda here.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work on an interactive group project.  Mealtime speakers will provide participants a chance to hear from top political practitioners and observers on such topics as the practice of political leadership, Oklahoma campaigns and elections, the intersections of state and federal policy, and the changing media landscape.

Previous Years



KGOU made available audio from the 2013 Summer Policy Institute panel discussions. Here are the recordings that have been released so far:


2013 Session Topics

  • Overview of the Oklahoma Legislative Process
  • Budget and Taxes
  • Poverty and the Safety Net
  • Jobs and Economic Development
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Race and Gender

Click here for the 2013 agenda.