Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp

Program Dates: August 18-24, 2019

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.

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.  Session topics are selected because of their immediate relevance to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions and study groups 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.


The boot camp is FREE to all accepted applicants. Program fees, food and lodging will be covered for participants accepted into the program. Travel expenses and other incidentals are not included.

Deadline Dates

January 1, 2019 - Early Bird Registration & Early Bird Letters of Recommendations Due (no fee)
March 15, 2019 - Regular Registration & Letters of Recommendations Due ($100 application fee)

Certificate of Completion

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

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete assignments and projects
  • Collaborate with their fellow participants in class discussions

For any questions related to the program, please email hispbcadmin [at] stanford.edu (hispbcadmin)mzieber [at] stanford.edu (subject: Hoover%20Institution%20Summer%20Policy%20Boot%20Camp) (@stanford.edu).




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  • January 1, 2019 (deadline for early bird applicants)
  • March 15, 2019 (deadline for all applicants)
  • April 15, 2019 (applicant notification of acceptance)
  • April 29, 2019  (commitment and housing deadline)

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