Our promise is to improve the lives of all Americans by giving policymakers access to high-quality information and engaging citizens as active participants in the formation of public policy.

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement is located at Drake University and serves as a venue and catalyst for dynamic non-partisan research, learning, and outreach to promote understanding of the policy issues to which Senator Tom Harkin devoted his career.

Apply Now: D.C. Experience Scholarship

The Harkin Institute’s D.C. Experience Scholarship helps Drake undergraduates cover the cost of interning in Washington, D.C.

Meet Our Scholarship Recipients


D.C. Experience Scholarship

Drake student Lauren Goetze is interning with the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., this summer. She received a scholarship from The Harkin Institute to help cover living and travel expenses.

Harkin on Wellness Report


Harkin report highlights community wellness successes

The first Harkin on Wellness Report provides detailed information and best practices for how communities and organizations can invest in health.

Address: 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: 515-271-3623

Fax Number: 515-271-3631

Email: harkininstitute@drake.edu

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.