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Public Policy Leaders Program

Patrick Q.

Patrick Q.

"My time at UChicago, and with Careers in Policy and Social Impact in particular, couldn’t have prepared me better for a career in public service."

Why Join the Public Policy Leaders Program? 

The Public Policy Leaders Program is a selective track within Careers in Policy and Social Impact offered for students who are ambitious about pursuing public sector and social impact careers. Selected students will have access to internship grants, career treks, and trainings in both technical and soft skills. Exclusive programming will be offered by experts from the Harris School of Public Policy, the Institute of Politics, the Social Sciences Division, the School of Social Service Administration, and graduate student mentors. 

The Public Policy Leaders Program gives students who are interested in public policy and service a competitive edge in their professional development. Students apply at the end of their first year at the College and spend three years as a part of this special career development program.

While activities and requirements differ by year, key tenets of each Public Policy Leaders experience are to engage with fellow students and professionals to gain industry knowledge, strengthen professional skills, and enhance recruiting strategies to support internship and full-time recruiting goals. Students engaging in the program will be interested in careers in a wide range of policy areas, including (but not limited to) social/urban policy, education policy, environmental policy, health policy, global affairs, international development, social justice, non-profit administration, and government.

Program Requirements

Commitment to the Public Policy Leaders Program extends from enrollment in the program to graduation in order to receive transcript designation. The program requirements are:


  • Attend at least one Career Advancement Trek while in the program

Advising Appointments

  • Meet with your adviser once per quarter

Programs (Lectures, Workshops, Seminars)

  • Second-year students – regular programming during each quarter on Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm
  • Third-year students – optional program attendance
  • Fourth-year students – regular programming during each quarter on Thursday afternoons from 12:00-1:30pm


Class of 2025, please submit your application here by 11:59 p.m. CT on April 30, 2022!


Please contact Will Lutterman at with questions about the Public Policy Leaders Program.