Concise Programs on Leadership and Politics

Our year round Institutes give students a short, focused program on governance and key components of the political system. Programs range in length from a few days in person to a couple weeks virtually, and each combines a speakers program with interactive student activities, offering a unique perspective on the political issues facing Americans today.

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. 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all JSA Summer Institutes will be held virtually! 


Burd Institute on Media & Politics


Young Women's Leadership Institute


Institute Scholarships

There are need-based scholarships available for the Burd Institute on LA Media & Politics and the Young Women's Leadership Institute. Students must apply for the institutes BEFORE applying for scholarships. Any scholarship forms completed before an application is submitted will be automatically discarded.

Once you have submitted your application you may fill out the corresponding scholarship form:

Burd Institute on LA Media & Politics Scholarship Application

Young Women's Leadership Institute Scholarship Application