Center for Policy Entrepreneurship


Mastering the Politics of Policymaking


The Center for Policy Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is a one-of-a-kind initiative focused on the politics of the policy making process. The Center will help train the next generation of policy entrepreneurs by immersing students in the realities of the politics of the policy making process through an innovative curriculum, a guest speaker series, a visiting fellows program and the funding of full-time summer internships in policy-making environments.

Summer Internship Stipends
CPE is currently accepting applications for stipends that support summer internships. Interested Harris School students should send to William Howell ( a brief description (no more than 2 pages) of the duties of their internship and a rationale for why it fits under CPE's mission. To be considered, applications must be received no later than May 19.

Recent CPE Events:

Feb. 26, 2014
Beth Myers

First CPE Discussion and Drinks event.
Former strategist to Mitt Romney and University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) Fellow Winter 2014.

Feb. 10, 2014
Kiran Bir Sethi
Co-Sponsored with Harris’ Women in Public Policy (WiPP).
Founder and director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, and founder of Design for Change, and AProCh.

Feb. 3, 2014
Steve Hilton
Co-Sponsored with Harris’ Behavioral Economics in Public Policy (BEPP).
Former advisor to David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) Fellow Winter 2014.

Jan. 21, 2014
Shrupti Shah
Co-Sponsored with Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative and Harris’ Graduate Consulting Club.
Director of Deloitte GovLab and Chicago Booth 2013-14 Social Impact Leadership Series speaker.

Nov. 11, 2013
Claire McCaskill
Missouri Senator (2006–present)
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Nov. 7, 2013
Evan Bayh
Former U.S. Senator from Indiana (1999–2011) and 46th Governor of Indiana (1989–1997)
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Oct. 28, 2013
Nolan McCarty 
Princeton professor and co-author of 'Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy,' with comments from Austan Goolsbee
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