Program Dates: August 13-17, 2023
The Hoover Institution's Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, four-day 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.
Qualifications to Apply
Only those who meet one of the following requirements should move forward with this application:
- Completed at least two years of a four-year undergraduate degree by summer 2023 (i.e., current sophomores, Juniors or seniors)
- Completed at least two years of a three-year undergraduate degree by summer 2023 (some international applicants); or
- Recent graduate from an undergraduate degree program (graduate students are eligible to apply).
HISPBC requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the four-day program, including active collaboration with study groups outside of class.
Stanford University does not offer participants academic credit or grades for completing HISPBC.
Cost / Tuition
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.
January 31, 2023 • Early Bird Registration ($0 registration fee)
March 1, 2023 • Regular Registration & Letters of Recommendations Due ($100 registration fee - see payment instructions below)
Admissions Notify Date
April 14, 2023
Application Fee Payment Instructions
Submit your application, then pay the $100 (non-refundable) fee on Stripe by March 1, 2023. Use the same email for both application and payment. Stripe is a Stanford-approved third-party e-commerce platform designed to securely accept credit card payments online. Click here to submit payment or scan the QR code to pay from mobile.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp | Director's Award
Capping off an intensive week-long study and discussion of the core principles and tools of public policy at the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp, students are invited to apply their knowledge by researching and developing a policy proposal
The HISPBC program offers deep engagement and understanding of new innovative policy ideas that increase our understanding of the modern world.
The 2019 Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp attendees.
H. R. McMaster, the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, give a presentation entitled, "Building Strategic Competence: Lessons from Battlegrounds Overseas and in Washington."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a research fellow, gave a presentation entitled "Islamism vs. Classical Liberalism."
Niall Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow, spoke with students after his talk, "Nationalism vs Globalism: Past, Present, and Future."
Students gather in the Fairweather Courtyard for a TA session.
Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow, gives a presentation entitled "Global Hot Spots."
Bjorn Lomborg, a visiting fellow, spoke with students after his presentation on "Smarter Climate Policy."
Scott Atlas, the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow, gives a presentation entitled "Setting the Record Straight on America’s Health Care."
John Taylor, George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics, answers questions after his presentation entitled "Monetary Policy: What Works and What Doesn’t."
Students enjoy an exhibit at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Michael Auslin, the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia, gives a presentation on "Clash in the East China Sea: Taiwan, Japan, China, and the United States."
Jim Mattis, the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, speaks to students during a dinner.
Joshua Rauh, Senior Fellow, discussed "State Budgets: Hidden Debt and Hidden Deficits."
Students hold discussions after a session.