Institute of Politics

Elsie Hillman Civic Forum

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum is designed to engage students in activities that prepare them to lead lives as engaged and contributing citizens. The forum brings community leaders and young people together for educational programs, research projects, and mentoring opportunities designed to foster student involvement and fuel civic progress in the Pittsburgh region.

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum offers five student programs, each with its own unique design but with one common aim: honoring and advancing Elsie’s remarkable legacy of civic engagement. For more information on the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum, please visit its website


 

Internship and Seminar

The Internship and Seminar provides students with hands-on experience working with local, state, and federal elected officials involved in the policy-making process for the Pittsburgh region. The students work closely with the official’s office, gaining firsthand knowledge of the political workings and atmosphere of the Pittsburgh region. These experiences are supplemented with a weekly seminar that employs creative learning techniques and open discussions to further analyze the public service process. This program is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information on the Internship and Seminar, please visit the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum website

Legislator for a Day Program

The Legislator for a Day Program provides students interested in the political process with a personal introduction to key legislators from our region. Students shadow a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, gaining insight into the legislative process and the roles and functions of state representatives and senators while building connections in Harrisburg and the University of Pittsburgh Community. This program is typically held in March. For more information on the Legislator for a Day Program, please visit the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum website

Honors Scholars Program

The Honors Scholars Program is designed to connect motivated and creative students with community partners and a faculty mentor in the Pittsburgh region for the purpose of developing original, student-led civic engagement projects that explore and address issues important to the community partner and reflect the social commitment of Elsie Hillman. This is an eight-month program, beginning in September. For more information on the Honors Scholars Program, please visit the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum website

Never a Spectator Event

The Never a Spectator Event offers University of Pittsburgh students a unique opportunity to network with elected officials, foundation heads, and nonprofit and business leaders during an intimate evening and dinner reception. The event aims to create sustained relationships and provide students with a glimpse of the difference they can make in every corner of our world. This event is held during the Spring term. For more information on the Never a Spectator Event, please visit the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum website

Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Program

In the Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Program, five interdisciplinary, competitively selected graduate-level Elsie ACEs work as a team with a strategic community partner to address a specific organizational, policy, or community issue and work collaboratively to positively impact the community. For more information on the Ambassadors for Civic Engagement (ACE) Program, please visit the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum website

 “The sessions and networking opportunities provided by Institute seminars are invaluable to elected officials. It gives us the chance to share ideas and work toward solutions to issues that affect us all.”

- Pam Synder, Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives