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Aug 20, 2017

Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp 2017

Program Dates: August 20-26, 2017

The Hoover Institutions Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.

Using a highly interactive, tutorial-style model designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields.  Each half-day will be dedicated to one topic, chosen because of its immediate relevance to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions, study groups, and team projects that encourage diverse perspectives. Enrollment is limited, in order to facilitate maximum interaction with the faculty and other participants.

Time Commitment

HISPBC requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the one-week program, including active collaboration with study groups outside of class.

Academic Credit

Stanford University does not offer participants academic credit or grades for completing HISPBC.

Certificate of Completion

Successful participants receive a certificate of completion endorsed by Hoover Institution's director and HISPBC's faculty director. To successfully complete the program, participants must:

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete their assignments and projects
  • Collaborate with their fellow participants in team projects and community-building exercises

Early applications for the 2017 program are due February 1, 2017 ($50 application fee)
Applications for the 2017 program are due March 1, 2017 ($100 application fee).

For any questions related to the program, please email