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Polis Student Committee

The Polis Student Committee (PSC) is a community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Duke University who share an interest in politics, democracy, and public service. 

Fill out a brief survey to be added to the PSC listserv where you will gain access to special opportunities and activities!

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The Polis Student Committee

The Polis Student Committee (PSC) is a community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Duke University who share an interest in politics, democracy, and public service. The PSC aims to promote greater understanding of—and engagement with—politics at the local, state, national, and global levels. PSC members are official members of the Polis community who participate in the center’s events and activities, gain access to special perks and unique opportunities, and play a valuable role in helping to shape Polis’s programs. It also serves as a pipeline to Polis Student Assistant positions. (Polis Student Assistants will be selected from the members of the Polis Student Committee and will serve as the student leadership team of the PSC.)

If you are looking for a group that offers transformative political conversations, leadership development opportunities, the chance to connect with inspiring political leaders, and the opportunity to be a part of a vibrant community that cares about politics, democracy, and public service, the Polis Student Committee is for you!

Sample Benefits of Joining

Political discussions (with free food!)
Opportunities to connect with guest speakers in smaller settings
Special trips/travel opportunities
Being featured on Polis media channels
Volunteering at Polis Events
Pathway to a Polis Student Assistant position and/or the PSC Executive Board

Requirements & Eligibility

Position Requirements
PSC Members regularly attend Polis events and activities and are committed to building an inclusive community that is characterized by mutual respect and support, authenticity, open-mindedness, and an orientation toward growth.

Eligibility
All current Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with an interest in politics, democracy, and public service are eligible to apply. This includes incoming first-year students, DKU students, and transfer students. (Note: All students are welcome and encouraged to apply—regardless of level of political knowledge, experience, or course of study!)

If you are looking for a group that offers transformative political conversations, leadership development opportunities, the chance to connect with inspiring political leaders, and the opportunity to be a part of a vibrant community that cares about politics, democracy, and public service, the Polis Student Committee is for you!

The PSC Executive Board

Noah Vaughn

Noah Vaughn

Graduate Co-President

Noah is a dual-degree Master of Public Policy and Master of Divinity student from Red Oak, Texas. He bridges policy and religion in hopes of healing many realms of American life; such as attitudes toward domestic politics, drug policy and prison reform, and foreign affairs centered on ethical national security.

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Annaleise Linkenhoker

Undergraduate Co-President

Annaleise is from Bradenton, FL and is majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Psychology. Her academic interests include political strategy, representation in government, political theory, Florida politics, and the US electoral system.

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Ranjan Jindal

Vice President of Events

Ranjan is from Greenville, S.C., and is pursuing a double major in economics and public policy with a minor in journalism and media. He was also unanimously elected Chronicle sports editor of Vol. 120. 

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Julia Young

Secretary

Julia is from Durham, North Carolina and is pursuing a major in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science at Duke University. She is interested in ethics, political science, economics, and philosophy and plans on pursuing a career in politics, risk management, or other strategy related positions.