Summer Policy Institute Applications are Now Open

Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to announce our fifth annual Summer Policy Institute (SPI) from July 30 – August 2, 2017 at the University of Tulsa.


“It is so rare to find an opportunity like SPI that, in such a short amount of time, gives you powerful knowledge, skills, and networking relationships that you can carry into your future profession. The passion exhibited by the SPI staff and panelists truly inspired me to continually work to improve both my community and the state as a whole.”

“SPI is a once in a lifetime opportunity to come together with other highly motivated and talented people to learn about public policy and how to impact it. SPI was one of the most insightful experiences of my life.”

The statements above are from alumni on their experiences at SPI, an exciting and in-depth learning experience which brings together highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues. Participants also have a chance to network with fellow students and leaders in the policy process and prepare for their future studies and work in public policy-related fields.

The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy and involves leading policy experts from government, academia, and community organizations throughout Oklahoma. Keynote presentations and panel discussions will provide a chance to hear from Oklahoma’s top practitioners and observers on:

  • Budget and Taxes
  • Education
  • Oklahoma’s Legislative Process
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Health Care
  • Poverty and Opportunity
  • Criminal Justice
  • Race and Public Policy
  • Grassroots & Direct Lobbying
  • How to Find and Use Data
  • Careers in Public Policy
  • And More!

The Institute is open to any current undergraduate or graduate students at an Oklahoma college or university, or out-of-state college students who graduated from an Oklahoma high school, who have completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit or have graduated since December 2016. 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 a scholarship to attend. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

For more information about the Summer Policy Institute, click hereThe application deadline is May 26th, 2017.

Access the application here. 

Click here to preview the application questions. 

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