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The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University was established as a living memorial to America's youngest elected president, John F. Kennedy. Since its founding half a century ago, the Institute has used its programming and activities to ignite passion, appreciation and respect for politics and public service in the hearts and minds of every generation. More »


The IOP offers over a dozen major programs for undergraduate involvement including the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, a fellowship program with top political practitioners, over 100 paid internships; a nonpartisan, quarterly journal; and a nationwide survey project of Millennials’ political views.


Senator Edward M. Kennedy was born on this day in 1932. He served as chairman of the IOP Board from the Institute's founding until his death in 2009. More »
Founded in 1832 as the Harvard Union, the Harvard Political Union (HPU) is the world’s oldest collegiate debate society. Today, the HPU is the center for political discourse and discussion on Harvard’s campus.More »
A true IOP love story More »