Student Programs

All Angles

All Angles is an immersive experience that features expert speakers with perspectives across today’s political spectrum. Uniquely, it also accentuates and models the skills needed for shaping civil discourse – a sustaining force in a civil society. Students will develop a deeper understanding of contemporary public policy subject matter and learn how it is understood from the values and strategies that define a variety of perspectives.

Ambassadors for Civic Engagement Fellowship

The Ambassadors for Civic Engagement Fellowship connects a team of three graduate students with one community partner to assist the organization with developing and implementing a large project or program. 

  • Applications for the Fall ACE Fellowship are now closed. Please check back in late Spring 2023 for details on our next cohort.

Elsie Hillman Honors Scholars Program

The Elsie Hillman Honors Scholars program connects entrepreneurial students with regional community partners to develop projects that address community needs and help agencies increase their capacity to do more good. 

IOP Policy and Elsie Civic Engagement Internship photo

IOP Policy and Elsie Civic Engagement Internship

Interested in working with the IOP on their regional policy initiatives and programs or getting involved in civic engagement programming? Learn more.

Institute of Politics Internship and Seminar

In partnership with the Political Science Department and the College of General Studies, the Institute of Politics Internship and Seminar program offers a 4-credit, letter-graded experience that connects students with an office of an elected official. 

  • Applications will open in Spring 2023 for the Fall 2023 student placements.

Legislator for a Day

The Legislator for a Day program occurs each spring and provides students with the unique opportunity to "shadow" a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

  • We hosted the 2023 program on Tueday, February 28. Click here to learn about next year's opportunity to gain insight into the legislative process and experience a day in the life of a state representative or state senator while in session at the Capitol.

Marc Cherna Fellowship

The Marc Cherna Fellows program is an exclusive opportunity for students pursuing graduate degrees in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. Jointly administered by the University’s School of Social Work and the Institute of Politics, the Cherna Fellows will embark on experiential learning opportunities within Allegheny County. These experiences will address all of the core competencies in social work while placing a heavy emphasis on developing knowledge and practice in public policy analysis, development, and advocacy. Learn more.

Never a Spectator Campus Event

The Never a Spectator Civic Engagement Forum s a unique opportunity for Pitt students to network with some of the region's most prominent leaders.

  • We hosted the 2022 Never a Spectator program on Friday, November 11. Click here to see our keynote speaker details, meet the mentors and learn more.