We’re now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Policy Institute

“This is the most well organized, most relevant, and most exceptional political/policy training I’ve attended inside or outside of Oklahoma. I can’t say thank you enough for understanding the importance of making this event diverse, affordable, and accessible. As a citizen of Oklahoma, I am so grateful for all the work the Oklahoma Policy Institute is doing to provide a much needed middle ground for the legislature to come together around.”

Those are the words of a participant in OK Policy’s 2018 Summer Policy Institute (SPI), which brought together more than 60 highly-qualified college students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience.

Another participant said, “This was an amazing and enlightening program. I was very impressed and touched by how welcoming and inclusive all the Oklahoma Policy Institute staff and interns were. Please keep up the amazing work – Oklahoma needs you!”

Now is your chance to experience it for yourself or recommend it to a friend!

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. Participants have a chance to network with fellow students, leaders in the policy process, and past SPI alumni. Click here to learn more about the Summer Policy Institute and see agendas from previous years.

The Institute, which will be held from August 4th- 7th at the University of Tulsa, 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 graduated December 2018 or later. You can begin filling out your application here.

Applicants to the Institute are selected by a competitive process that finds 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 application deadline is May 27th, 2019.

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 denied a spot at SPI due to inability to pay.

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Jessica joined OK Policy as a Communications Associate in January 2018. A Mexican immigrant, she was a Clara Luper Scholar at Oklahoma City University where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. Prior to joining OK Policy, Jessica worked at a digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City. She is an alumna of both the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute (2013) and OK Policy's Summer Policy Institute (2015). In addition to her role at OK Policy, Jessica serves as a board member for Dream Action Oklahoma in OKC and communications director for Dream Alliance Oklahoma in Tulsa.

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