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Oklahoma Summer Policy Institute 2023; A program of the Oklahoma Policy Institute; Deadline to apply: Friday, May 12

2023 Oklahoma Summer Policy Institute

OK Policy’s Oklahoma Summer Policy Institute (SPI) brings together highly-qualified college students and recent graduates for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience that will help inform about Oklahoma’s policy landscape and provide tools and resources to create change in our state.



SPI is a four-day program held during two summer sessions: 

  • June 29-30 (Oklahoma City)
  • July 20-21 (Tulsa)

Overnight accommodations will be provided for participants during each session. 

The application deadline is Friday, May 12, 2023.

What is SPI?

The Summer Policy Institute program 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.

OK Policy staff host and lead SPI, which includes leading policy experts from government, academia, and community organizations throughout Oklahoma. Participants have a chance to network with fellow students, policy leaders, and past SPI alumni. OK Policy has held SPI as an in-person program each summer since 2013 until the pandemic forced the in-person program into hiatus in 2020.

Read these testimonials from past OKSPI participants.

Who can participate?

SPI is open to current undergraduate or graduate students with at least 24 hours of college credit. Candidates must either attend an Oklahoma college or university, or have graduated from an Oklahoma high school. SPI also is open to recent college graduates who completed their degree programs no earlier than the fall 2022 semester.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process that identifies students with strong academic training, diverse experiences, and a clear interest in public policy. Particular emphasis is given on selecting a class of participants from a broad range of educational institutions, fields of study, and geographic and cultural backgrounds.

Program tuition is $400 and includes all meals and overnight accommodations. Full and partial financial assistance will be available to all students who need a scholarship to attend. No one will be denied a spot at SPI due to inability to pay.



The application deadline is Friday, May 12, 2023.




Previous Years


Click here for the 2019 agenda.


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.