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Hinckley Institute Upcoming Events
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In honor of our upcoming 50th Anniversary, the Hinckley Institute is thrilled to announce our new and greatly improved website. The new site features state-of-the-art responsive layouts, intuitive applications, and rich media. Check it out here

The Hinckley Institute is excited to launch 12 funded campaign internships for Members of the British Parliament beginning in January and culminating with the British General Election May 7, 2015. 

Preference is given to students who have taken our Campaign Management course (HNKLY 3160) and to those who have completed a Hinckley internship. 

Applications are due September 15

Hinckley global intern Alyssa Gamble in Australia

Applications are open for our spring 2015 local, legislative, Washington, DC, and global internship programs.
The deadline to submit Washington, DC, and global applications is September 15, 2014. All local and legislative internship applications are due October 3, 2014. Click here to apply.


The Hinckley Institute is thrilled to announce our inaugural eight 2014-2015 Student Ambassadors. These students were selected from a highly competitive and extensive applicant pool. They will work closely with the Hinckley throughout the year on projects, outreach, and more. We wish to congratulate these students on their achievements and look forward to an exciting year collaborating!
Pictured from left to right: Collin Bess, Jordyn Rice, Gerrit Seymour, Montana Martinez, Scott Thatcher, Angeliki Neofitos, Jack Lester, and Dalton Edwards. 
Meet the Student Ambassadors:

Collin Bess
Collin recently graduated from the University of Utah with a major in political science, minors in history and campaign management, and a certificate in international relations. Collin has served Hinckley internships with Senator Hatch's office and with the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. He begins work on his Master's of Public Administration at the University of Utah this fall and someday hopes to work for the State Department or as a city manager. 

Dalton Edwards
Dalton is a sophomore studying Honors Political Science and Honors English. He has previously interned at the Utah State Legislature and was a member of the Hinckley Journal editorial board. Dalton is particularly passionate about writing and hopes to one day be published in every major genre.

Jack Lester
Jack is a junior pursuing a degree though the David Eccles School of Business. He is currently a Honors student and intends to pursue a law degree in international business and government. Jack has completed multiple internships with the Hinckley and most recently served as a Utah Legislative intern. In addition to his studies, Jack is an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and teaches music regularly. 

Montana Martinez
Montana was born and raised in Utah in an interracial family and is entering his senior year at the University of Utah. He has completed multiple Hinckley internships including in Washington, DC, with Senator Orrin Hatch and most recently at a top lobbying firm in Mexico City, Mexico. Montana plans to apply to law school, focusing on international law with an emphasis on human rights. 

Angeliki Neofitos
Angeliki is a senior pursuing an Honors degree in international studies, where she is focusing on her Arabic and French language skills. She just returned from a Hinckley internship in Washington, DC, with American's Unofficial Ambassadors, an initiative of the nonprofit organization, Creative Learning. Angeliki also works at the International Student and Scholar Services office as an iMentor to incoming international students. 

Jordyn Rice
Jordyn is beginning her sophomore year at the University of Utah. She recently returned from a Washington, DC, internship with Senator Orrin Hatch's office. Jordyn graduated from Olympus High School and is a transfer student from Utah State University. She intends to major in international studies and political science. 

Gerrit Seymour
Gerrit is entering his junior year studying music and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. He has been involved with the University of Utah philharmonic orchestra, wind ensemble, and drumline. Gerrit recently returned from an international internship at a Middle Eastern Research Center in Ankara, Turkey. 

Scott Thatcher
Scott is a senior majoring in international studies with an emphasis in trade and commerce. He has been involved on campus with ASUU, the David Eccles School of Business, and LDSSA. He has participated in the Hinckley's Senator Bennett Symposium and recently returned from a global internship in Finland. Scott is also serving as an Associate in the Lassonde Entrepreneurship Institute's New Venture Development Center. 



The University of Utah, via the Hinckley Institute, is the nation's sole provider of a Campaign Management Minor (HNKLY 3160).

As mentioned earlier, this singular opportunity is designed to introduce students to the management of political and public affairs campaigns through guest speakers, lectures, and active participation in a campaign. Registration for the course is open to all students and credit is cross-listed with POLS 3160. 

The Hinckley Institute has reached an agreement to send up to 12 students to England to intern on British campaigns for the Spring Semester.  To increase eligibility, participation in this course, (taught in Fall semester 2014), is strongly recommended.   

Contact Kendahl Melvin with any questions. 


Congratulations to our summer 2014 intern Instagram and blog winners! 

Washington, DC, intern MacLane Taggart and global China intern Taylor Smurthwaite tied due to their outstanding photography and social media skills! Follow the Hinckley on Instagram (hinckleyinstitute) to view their amazing photos.

Our blog winners are global interns Katie and Chris Rondem (pictured above), who provided outstanding insight into their summer 2014 experience in Hyderabad, India. To read the Rondem's blog click here


The Hinckley Institute is a central source of discussion and commentary surrounding many local, national, and global issues. To read Hinckley Resident Scholar former Senator Robert Bennett's opinion editorial in the Deseret News, "Contrary to Krugman debt outlook looks dim," click here.To peruse Hinckley Resident Scholar Ambassador John Price's piece, "Timbuktu 'Festival of the Desert' may be Catalyst for Peace," click here.

To access additional media coverage of Hinckley forums, interns, and events, as well as articles featuring the insight and commentary of Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, click here.


The Hinckley Institute would like to extend our appreciation to our many supporters. We are deeply grateful for your generosity. Please help to continue the expansion of the valuable opportunities the Hinckley Institute provides for students by clicking below.
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