Student Involvement

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership aims to serve as a hub for students interested in American political principles and their practical application to learn and grow together as they prepare for leadership in their chosen careers. There are many ways for students to become involved in the CPTL: you can participate in our undergraduate conferences such as the annual Race and the American Story Symposium or Compass Conference, attend one of the events in our Women in Leadership lecture series, or pursue an internship, to name only a few.

Race and the American Story Annual Symposium

In March 2020, the Center for Political Thought and Leadership and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will host its annual Race and the American Story Symposium. The three-credit course, which allows students to discuss how race has impacted American culture, is taught at the University of Missouri and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, in addition to Arizona State University. 

The symposium is the culmination of the spring semester course, and will take place in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Learn more


The Center for Political Thought and Leadership helps students connect with internship opportunities in politics, business and other fields both locally in the Phoenix area and in Washington, D.C.

More information. 

Study Abroad

The school sponsors regular Global Intensive Experiences to Israel and the West Bank, as well as India for our students. These trips are heavily subsidized and allow students to gain a better understanding of democracy in another part of the world. 

More information. 

Leadership Opportunities

Every summer students have the opportunity to participate in a pre-Fall, week-long seminar on Shakespeare and Leadership, held in nearby towns such as Sedona and Prescott, or work for the school during its Civic Leadership Institute, a high school program. 

More information.