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What is SPA?

Summer Politics Academy @ Harvard is an intensive five-day summer program for high school students interested in politics and government. Summer Politics Academy  brings extraordinary high school students together at Harvard University for a comprehensive introduction to politics. Ranging from how political campaigns are run to making policy decisions, SPA covers a wide array of topics in politics and government. SPA is taught entirely by Harvard students and renowned speakers who have been specially selected for SPA. SPA will provide students with a hands-on experience through workshops and a weeklong project that culminates in the final SPA Summit. SPA strives to provide the leaders of the future with the skills necessary to pursue their goals.


Our Mission and Goals

The Summer Politics Academy at Harvard hopes to provide students who are interested in politics and government with a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the discipline. The Summer Politics Academy believes in the importance of youth involvement in politics. At SPA, you will go beyond merely learning about politics. SPA hopes to educate the leaders of the future in the challenges of politics by providing a hands-on experience.


This year’s Program Dates:

June 25th - June 29th (M-F)

August 6th - 10th (M-F)



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