Summer Institutes

Thank you for your interest in our summer programs! JSA staff and leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis. It is very difficult to predict exactly what the situation will be in July when JSA Summer Programs begin. For now, we believe that we will be able to run both our longer programs and our shorter institutes. 

If the situation changes, we will inform all parties immediately.

Concise Programs on Leadership and Politics

JSA Summer Institutes give students a short, focused program on governance and key components of the political system. Programs range from four to five days long, 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.

2020 Summer Institutes

Burd Institute on Media & Politics
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Young Women's Leadership Institute
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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