Featured Programs


  • For Undergraduates

    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.

  • For Public Service Professionals

    Browse an interactive digital library featuring nearly 40 years of political speech and debate, study our fourteen-year research project on America’s Millennials, and access our political research and conferences area exploring presidential campaigns and strategy.


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  • 08/09/2015

    Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced the selection of the 2015 IOP Fall Resident and Visiting Fellows. The IOP was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy and aims to inspire undergraduates to enter careers in politics and public service. Learn more.

  • 04/30/2015

    A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds no front-runner among prospective Republican candidates in a still-emerging presidential primary race – with no candidate capturing more than ten percent. Hillary Clinton is in command of a hypothetical Democratic presidential primary with 47%, with potential candidates Elizabeth Warren garnering eleven percent, followed by Joe Biden (8%), Martin O’Malley (3%), Jim Webb (2%), and Bernie Sanders (1%). Overall – a solid majority of 18- to 29- year-olds prefer a Democrat (55%) winning the 2016 campaign for president over a Republican (40%). Learn More

  • 03/02/2015

    Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, has launched a new initiative allowing undergraduates to take a deep-dive into the inner-workings of today’s political and advocacy campaigns. The IOP's "Campaign and Advocacy” workshop will run for eight weeks this spring. The workshop will be led by New Hampshire campaign veteran Mike Vlacich. Learn More

  • 01/29/2015

    Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced two additions to its 2015 IOP Spring Fellows class.

    Eric Cantor, former U.S. House of Representatives Member (2001-14; VA-7th, R), Majority Leader (2011-14) and Majority Whip (2009-11) will join the Institute as a Visiting Fellow in early April.

    Bassem Youssef, political satirist, former host of the television program “Al-Bernameg” (The Program) in Egypt and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world (2013) will join the Institute as a Resident Fellow.