The Harkin Institute hosts several events dedicated to Drake University students each semester to help introduce them to the institute and careers available to them in public service and other areas related to government relations and public policy.
Student Luncheons and Receptions
The Harkin Institute hosts four student luncheons or receptions each semester. These events are small, intimate hour-long opportunities for students to visit with an accomplished government, nonprofit, journalism, political or public policy leader. The guests of honor informally discuss their career, share information, answer questions, provide advice, and get to know the students. All events are held at The Harkin Institute with food provided and a business casual dress code.
Late in 2016, The Harkin Institute launched a series called Coffee Talk to bring young professionals to Drake University to meet informally over breakfast with students. The program is similar in structure to the institute’s Student Luncheon and Reception Series but differs by bringing guests who are earlier in their professional careers and may be doing good work that relates more closely to students’ short-term goals.
Upcoming Student Events
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Time: 11:30-1:30 11:30 a.m. — Lunch 11:45 a.m. — Historical preview Noon — Keynote 1 p.m. — Q&A Location: State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309 The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen...read more
Date: Monday, November 4, 2019 Time: 7-8:30 p.m. Location: Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 The Harkin Institute is pleased to welcome renowned political analyst Charlie Cook back to Des Moines to share his insider view on the...read more
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Parents Hall, Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 Join The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement for our upcoming conference, "Closing the Divide:...read more