An Esteemed History

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The Hinckley Institute was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley.

The bipartisan Institute was one of the first of its kind in the nation. It was founded with the mission to engage students in governmental, civic, and political processes; promoting a better understanding and appreciation of politics; and training ethical and visionary students for public service.

Since its founding, the Hinckley Institute has provided a wide range of programs for students, public school teachers, and the general public. Indeed, each year the Institute is committed to championing Hinckley’s dream by extending its internship program, annual forums and events, publications, courses, and funding opportunities.

A significant number of local and national leaders are former Hinckley Institute students including Karl Rove, Senator Pat Jones, and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

Hinckley Internships

The intern program is the heart of the Hinckley Institute. The Institute provides internship opportunities for course credit in offices of elected officials, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and think tanks. The Hinckley Institute of Politics places more than 300 students every year in positions locally, nationally, and globally. For more information, click here.

Forums and Events

During the spring and fall semesters, the Hinckley Institute holds approximately 70 Hinckley Forums featuring local, national, and international political leaders and panels. Notable guests include President Bill Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Senator John McCain, Thomas Friedman, Brent Scowcroft, and Senator Joe Lieberman. For more information, click here.

Courses and Minor

The Hinckley Institute of Politics established the nation’s second Campaign Management minor. Participating students are required to complete a political internship and an interdisciplinary series of courses on campaign management, polling, grassroots lobbying, media, and other practical politics. The Institute also offers a number of exception courses and symposiums. For more information, click here.

Scholarships and Loans

The Hinckley Institute provides more than $730,000 in annual internship and academic scholarships to students through multiple funds in addition to a low-interest loan program for students. The Institute is also the University of Utah’s representative for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the James Madison Fellowship–two of America’s most prestigious awards. For more information, click here.

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We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014 semester internships. Apply now.