Student Events

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.

Coffee Talk

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

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