The Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah has equipped students for success and engaged the community in civic participation for five decades.

On May 11, 2015, the Hinckley Institute celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 

The Hinckley Institute empowered me with invaluable internship experiences that secured my admission into my dream law school.
— Whitney Benns
I love the Hinckley Institute. It is the reason I am where I am today.
— Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
The Hinckley Institute was instrumental in instilling in me an appreciation for government and politics. It opened the door to a new, exciting world of service in the Utah State Legislature.
— Utah Senator Pat Jones
The Hinckley Institute led me to my first paid job in politics at the age of 19, and the rest is history.
— Karl Rove

Our internship program is world-renowned. 


The U's global internship program is run by the Hinckley Institute and the Office for Global Engagement. It has secured positions in more than 50 nations.


The Hinckley Institute boasts one of the longest-standing DC internship programs in the nation. It provides more than 100 students annually with full-time, paid, and housed internships.


The Hinckley Institute annually sends approximately 150 students to Utah campaigns, government offices, and non-profit organizations.


For our best and brightest minds.

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The Hinckley Institute offers a unique campaign management minor, the Hinckley Honors Track, and several popular courses, including the Political Forum Series and two intimate seminars with our Resident Scholars.



Need help financing your education? The Hinckley Institute awards several merit-based scholarships annually, as well as the low-interest Bill Rishel loan.


Consider submitting your best work to the prestigious Hinckley Journal of Politics, the only undergraduate-run journal of politics in the nation, or serving on this publication's editorial board.

Don't miss out on our remarkable events. 


Read up on the Hinckley Institute's latest happenings.


The Hinckley Institute prides itself on hosting first-rate conferences and functions each year. 


The Hinckley Institute welcomes more than 100 speakers and panelists each year with topics ranging from policy to current events. Past Hinckley Forum guests include major figures such as Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Thomas Friedman, and Malcolm Gladwell.

Check back in the fall for the new forum lineup.