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What is the Summer Politics Academy?

The Summer Politics Academy at Harvard is an intensive five-day summer program for high school students interested in politics and government. The Summer Politics Academy (SPA) brings extraordinary high school students together at Harvard University for a comprehensive introduction to inner workings of politics, policy-making, law, government and international relations. Ranging from how political campaigns are run to making policy decisions,  SPA focuses on helping students gain the skills they need to understand government and impact their communities. SPA is taught entirely by Harvard students and renowned speakers who have been specially selected for SPA. The core model of SPA lies in providing students with a hands-on experience and we do this through activities and a weeklong project that culminates in the final SPA Summit. SPA is organized by Harvard Student Agencies Tutoring. 


 Write public policy.  Serve on a campaign board. Discuss court cases that have shaped history. At SPA, we value hands-on learning.


The SPA Model

Our two core values are inspiration and engagement. We give you access to unparalleled resources, including speakers from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, former policy influencers and distinguished Harvard Undergraduates with a demonstrated interest and talent in politics. We hope this inspires you. However, we let you tell the story of how these resources impact you. We cultivate your ideas and your opinions. At SPA, you will never be told what to think but we will give you the resources with which you can make foster your own opinions. By engaging you, we hope to help you grow as an intellectual. 



This year we have distinguished professors from HKS who have served in government and non-profit industries as our guest lecturers. Learn more about our amazing line-up of speakers here

The core of SPA lies in learning from your peers. Our model focuses on peer-to-peer, hands-on learning that focuses on immersive classroom debate and group activities. Learn more about our program here. 

Ready for a transformative summer experience? Apply today!