Tower Center Students


Empowering students to lead and serve is a top priority of the Tower Center, which serves as a crucial resource for undergraduate students across all majors and schools.

The Center draws on the knowledge of professors, practitioners and scholars from variety of fields, enabling students to explore politics and policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Tower Center offers students numerous opportunities to gain valuable out-of-classroom experience through the Student Forum, John G. Tower Center Student Fellowships and the Tower Scholars in Public Policy Minor.

Tower Center Student Forum

The Tower Center Student Forum invites you to join leading political minds, share ideas with those influencing public policy today, and contribute to on-going debates. The Student Forum gives you the opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues happening around us. If you're looking to hear from policy experts, engage in meaningful discussion, and be exposed to world changers, the Tower Center Student Forum is for you. 


The Student Forum also publishes Open Forum, an open-to-all opinion and commentary newsletter, and Dialogue, the premier undergraduate political science and public policy journal. We strive to elevate thinking and informed discussion enabling students to become innovative voices to national and global discourses.

For membership in the Tower Center Student Forum, please contact Bora Laci (

John G. Tower Center Student Fellowships provide a gateway for students to pursue work in politics and government. Undergraduate Fellows collaborate closely with faculty to develop research projects that either become published or presented for faculty or professional review.

Student Fellowship opportunities available through the Tower Center.

Browse our list of external policy-related internships:

 Opportunities in Dallas

New York



Visit this site for recent listings of internships and entry level positions in foreign affairs.


Learn more about the Tower Center student fellowships and scholarships:

Olisa Dellas | Manager of Student & Faculty Engagement | | 214-768-4546

Dialogue: Undergraduate Journal for Political Studies

The Tower Center publishes Dialogue, the oldest and premier student-run political studies journal at SMU. At the conclusion of each academic year, Dialogue: the Tower Center Undergraduate Journal for Political Studies will feature the best research from relevant fields at SMU.  

Dialogue is now accepting submissions for the 2018 edition. All undergraduates are encouraged to submit their work in the political and policy study areas. Research papers, policy memos, and literature reviews will all be considered for publication. A few guidelines:

Research Papers

Only submissions that are less than 10,000 words, not including Chicago Style Citations, will be considered.


Policy Memos

Submissions must be between 1,500 and 3,500 words. Citations are not required but are recommended.


Literature Review

Reviews over books, papers, and other literature must be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, not including citations. 

Submit your writing!

Volume 7 | Spring 2016 | Issue 1 
Volume 5 | Spring 2015 | Issue 1
Volume 4 | Fall 2014 | Issue 1
Volume 3 | Spring 2013 | Issue 1
Volume 2 | Spring 2012 | Issue 1
Volume 1 | Spring 2011 | Issue 1


Open Forum: Student Forum Newsletter

Open Forum is a nonpartisan student-driven newsletter run by the Tower Center Student Forum in which student contributors take an objective approach to some of the most pressing issues we face as a society. No matter who you are or where you are from, if you care about the issues, then Open Forum is for you. By reading, you can expect to enjoy student written opinion pieces and our skim of  the most relevant news topics.


Write for us! Open Forum accepts opinion pieces that address a variety of the issues pressing our world today.

Your article could be related to politics, international conflict--or anything really, as long

as it is rationally constructed and well written. Submissions must be between 300-400 words. 

Submit your writing!

Open Forum | October 2017
Open Forum | September 2017 

2014 Fall Newsletter
2013 Fall Newsletter
2012 Fall Newsletter



About the minor

The Tower Scholar Program is a selective, multidisciplinary minor in Public Policy and International Affairs that enables students from a variety of academic backgrounds to combine their academic interests with experience in the real world of public policy.  In four exclusive classes, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars learn from experienced policy practitioners and full-time faculty about the policy-making process before putting their education into action in a directed research project on a policy issue of their choice.  Outside the classroom, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars experience policy in practice through on-campus events, private meetings with practitioners, and a fully funded trip to meet with professional policymakers in Washington D.C. At the conclusion of this experiential minor, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars will graduate prepared to transform ideas into actions and step into leadership roles in the public or private sector.

The application-only minor is open to all majors across the schools, with admission based on a competitive application process.

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