Capitol Project Provides In-Depth Opportunity for Iowa Students
Matt Schultz
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal
Chance McElhaney, (515) 725-2942

Capitol Project Provides In-Depth
Opportunity for Iowa Students

January 20 Application Deadline for the Competitive Selection Process

Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is encouraging young future leaders interested in government to learn more about our democratic process through the Capitol Project program held Monday, February 17, through Thursday, February 20, at the Iowa State Capitol.

Capitol Project gives 20 Iowa high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to learn lessons in goal setting, teamwork and leadership during a four day program at the Iowa State Capitol. The students will interact with statewide elected officials, legislators, pages and lobbyists while also working in small groups with bill drafters and policy analysts to imitate the legislative process from brain storming their legislative ideas to its passage or veto.

When not working on their legislative bills, students have the opportunity to observe the gavel-in process and floor action in both Chambers, tour the Capitol and have dinner with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds at Terrace Hill.

“Capitol Project provides Iowa high school students a unique opportunity to model the inner workings of their state government,” Schultz said. “This is a chance for young future leaders to start getting involved with their government and the political process.”

Applications to participate in Capitol Project are available on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website and are due by Monday, January 20. Cost to attend the program is $125, which includes lodging for three nights, meals, materials and activities. Participants are encouraged to raise at least a portion of the registration free from local businesses or community organizations.

Capitol Project is sponsored by the Iowa Secretary of State's office and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council. Capitol Project has been inspiring hundreds of Iowa high schools students since 1999.