Student Programs

Develop personally and professionally. Interview your heroes. Help a new friend become a US citizen. Get a selfie with the vice president. Join one of fifteen student programs at the Institute of Politics.

Harvard undergraduates can get involved with the IOP by applying to any programs that interest you at the beginning of each semester through the IOP common application. The entire Harvard and extended community is invited to attend JFK Jr. Forums, debates, special events and study groups. The IOP welcomes students of all genders, gender identities, race and ethnicity.

IOP Programs


The Campaign and Advocacy Program (CAP) was created to address student interest in developing campaign and advocacy skills. CAP members gain a better understanding of campaigns and advocacy through discussions and interactive workshops.

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The Citizenship Tutoring (Cit Tut) program is rooted in the idea that public service can build greater civic engagement throughout the Harvard community. The program is a partnership between the undergraduate program members at the IOP and the Harvard Bridge, an adult training program open to all Harvard University staff and faculty. Every week our tutors meet with employees from various departments within the Harvard community to help them apply for citizenship and study for the four components of the U.S. citizenship test: civics, speaking, reading, and writing.

The Community Action Committee's (CAC) goal is to educate and inform members about community organizing through theory, historical case studies, and guest speakers, and then to use that knowledge to politically engage the Harvard, greater Boston/Cambridge communities, and the nation as a whole. The committee's programming offers a rewarding opportunity for Harvard students interested in public service and community organizing to work directly with non-profit organizations through the development of capstone projects.


The Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity to interact with and get to know one of our resident fellows - public figures with exceptional careers and experiences in politics and public service - in an intimate and personal setting. Student liaison teams of six help plan, produce, and publicize a study group each week during the semester.

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The Harvard Political Review is a quarterly student run journal of politics, policy, and culture written and produced by Harvard undergraduate students.


The Harvard Political Union is the premier association for political debate and discussion at Harvard University. ​


Members of the Harvard Public Opinion Project brainstorm and draft the questions for the biannual Harvard Youth Poll examining the political opinions and civic engagement of young Americans, analyze the collected data, and present the results to the media and other interested parties.

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The Harvard Votes Challenge is a non-partisan movement to increase voter participation around the university and beyond.

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The IOP Internships and Career Services Program offers diverse political and public service opportunities for Harvard undergraduates and recent alumni. ​

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The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum is Harvard University's premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate. Students help with event ideation, execution, promotion, and outreach.


The Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) Program focuses on highlighting and discussing the intersection of race, ethnicity, and politics. ​


The IOP Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Program explores the interdisciplinary study of politics. In a time of rapid technological change, STEAM promotes intelligent policy-making capable of tackling modern societal issues.

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The Harvard CIVICS Program places motivated undergraduates in classrooms throughout the Boston area, teaching civics and government classes to inspire students to take an active role in their communities and grow into participants in our democracy. We focus our curriculum on the function of government, the meaning of active citizenship, and avenues of community engagement.


The Policy Program is the leading group on campus for researching and developing actionable solutions to issues facing the Commonwealth and nation. Similar to an undergraduate think-tank, the program allows students to take the time to study an issue they are passionate about, explore potential policy solutions, and advocate for those solutions.


The Women’s Initiative in Leadership (WIL) is a program aimed to connect students of all gender and gender identities in the Harvard community to inspiring women in various fields and points of their career.