University of Chicago and Chicago Harris Conference on Policy Leadership
Date: June 19-21, 2014

Application deadline EXTENDED to May 19, 2014 | APPLY NOW >>

Bright Leaders, Bright Futures is a three-day program at the University of Chicago designed to engage Chicago metro-area undergraduate students in a discussion of a variety of policy topics. Participants will be introduced to topics in the field of public service through hands-on workshops guided by the expertise provided by university faculty and distinguished professionals, while also learning how to navigate the graduate school application process and other areas of career development.

Housing and meals for the two-day event will be provided to all attendees. A transportation stipend of $30 dollars will be awarded each attendee.

Benefits to Students

Students will learn the value of undertaking an education and career in public service while gaining skills and learning about the challenges and rewards of changing the world by working for the public good.

Students will get the opportunity to learn from some of the most distinguished university faculty members in public policy as well as distinguished professionals working in the public sector. Students will learn from policy makers in different fields from civic engagement to state legislation and how policies are implemented in the real world through real world case studies. The conference will give the students exposure to graduate programs and areas of study to further their education in public policy. Finally, there will be sessions for resumes and personal statements that will prepare them for networking opportunities and future internships.


Eligible applicants are Chicagoland college students who will have completed their freshman or sophomore year by June 19, 2014. Bright Leaders, Bright Futures is particularly focused on underrepresented and underserved communities, students of color and students who can show a commitment to working to improve the lives of underserved or underrepresented groups including African Americans, Asian Americas, Latino, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Applicants must be  a citizen of the United States, a legal permanent resident or qualify for the DREAM Act.

Interested applicants can go HERE to apply. Applicants must include a personal statement of up to 500 words, a resume and an unofficial transcript. The application deadline is May 19, 2014.

Program and Speakers


Local Contact

Maggie Floyd DeCarlo
Director of Student Programs
Harris School of Public Policy
EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 773.834.0136


Bright Leaders, Bright Futures is co-sponsored by University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the College, the Office of Career Advancement and the UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service program and the national organizations PPIA and NASPAA.