JSA Summer Institutes give students a short, focused program on governance and key components of the political system. Programs range from three to four days long, and each combines a speakers program with interactive student activities, offering a unique perspective on the political issues facing Americans today.
During the program, you’ll meet and question leaders who make and influence public policy—like elected officials, journalists, lobbyists and military strategists. This access to real-world political leadership is complemented by simulations like crisis scenarios and budget negotiations, student-run debates, and social activities that help you meet interesting students from across the U.S.
A focus on specific issues drives each JSA Summer Institute, giving students a chance to become experts in the topic of their choice.
Select your area of interest:
- Arizona State Government (Institute on Arizona Leadership & Politics)
- The Role of Media (Gene Burd Institute on Los Angeles Media & Politics)
- New Jersey State Government (Institute on New Jersey Leadership & Politics)
- California State Government (California Institute on Leadership & Politics)
Go beyond the sound bites offered by media pundits to gain a complete understanding of important issues directly from the decision makers and power brokers who shape public policy.