About Us

The Institute of Government and Politics (IOGP) was founded in 2011, following the vision of USU President Stan Albrecht and Provost Raymond T. Coward to help every student understand the important role government plays in society. Their belief was that if students could understand that role, they would be better prepared to contribute positively to their industries and their communities.

As a modern Land Grant university, part of our mission is to develop the next generation of leaders. At this moment in history, civics education is a more than ever a core component of leadership development. The Institute of Government and Politics at Utah State University provides an avenue for important experiential learning opportunities where students and community members can engage and learn in meaningful ways with all levels of our government.

Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Utah State University’s President

Our Mission

To enhance students’ understanding of government institutions and the political process by providing opportunities that bridge practical skills and academic training.

The non-partisan IOGP engages Utah State students, faculty, political and community leaders, and citizens in the discussion of policy development through its internship program, visiting speakers, seminars, and policy forums.

The IOGP was founded in 2011, following the vision of USU President Stan Albrecht and Provost Raymond T. Coward to help every student understand the important role government plays in society. The vision of the IOGP is to provide substantive opportunities for students to learn about a life of public service from experiences beyond the classroom - through internships, seminars with policymakers, working on campaigns, engaging with community leaders, and experiencing the world of policymaking up-close with a first-hand view.

IOGP Team

Devin Wiser
Devin Wiser

Vice President of Government & External Affairs 

Jen Seelig
Jennifer Seelig

Director of the Institute of Government and Politics

Grace Barr
Grace Barr

Institute of Government and Politics
Program Coordinator

Lisa Anderson
Lisa Anderson

Institute of Government and Politics
Intern
Coordinator

Chelise Reay
Chelise Reay

Institute of Government and Politics
Marketing and Events Coordinator