Summer Policy Institute

Summer Policy Institute Class of 2014

Summer Policy Institute Class of 2014

The 2019 Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will be held August 4th – August 7th in Tulsa. 

We will begin accepting applications in March.

Read these testimonials from past SPI participants.

What is it?

The Summer Policy Institute 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 the most important 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 non-profit 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 or has graduated in December 2017 or later. 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.

Program tuition is $375 for commuters or $450 for those staying in University of Tulsa housing. Full and partial financial assistance will be available to all students who need assistance to attend. No one will be denied a spot in the Institute due to inability to pay.

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 scroll down to view past years’ agendas.

Previous Years


Click here for the 2018 agenda.


Click here for the 2017 agenda.


Click here for the 2016 agenda.


Read a blog post about SPI 2015 by alumni Anna Facci.  

Click here for the 2015 agenda.


SPI_2014_LogoKWGS made available audio from many of the 2014 Summer Policy Institute panels and discussions. Download the recordings here.

Click here for the 2014 agenda.



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

Poverty and the Safety Net

GOP Takeover in Oklahoma Explained

Economic Development: Where the Jobs Are

Click here for the 2013 agenda.