We’re now taking applications for the 2018 Summer Policy Institute

“This is by far the best learning experience I have had in my entire life. I wish it wasn’t over so quickly. I really look forward to seeing the changes and fixing the structural budget deficit.”

Those are the words of a participant in OK Policy’s 2017 Summer Policy Institute, which brought together more than 50 highly-qualified college students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience.

Another student said, “I’m leaving SPI, not only with an incredible amount of knowledge on Oklahoma policy, but with lifelong friends. SPI has revitalized my passion to work towards positive changes within our state, as well as the inspiration and hope from knowing there are so many other Oklahomans that are just as passionate about making positive changes.”

Now is your chance to experience it for yourself!

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 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. Click here to learn more about the Institute and see agendas from previous years.

Apply Today!

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. You can begin filling out your application here. To see a preview of the questions, go 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, 2018.

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 in the Institute due to inability to pay.


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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