Drake is home of the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Civic Engagement and Vote Smart, a nonparisan political research organization.
SJMC students also frequently have internships in the governor's office, in the Legislature, with state and local government agencies, and with political parties and consultants. Every four years, the Iowa Caucuses provide students with the opportunity to work with national political candidates and parties and with the national and international media.
Undergraduates have the opportunity to work with award-winning campus media, including The Times-Delphic, Drake’s student-run campus newspaper; Drake Broadcasting System; Drake Magazine; public relations and ad clubs; mock trial; the Annual and Drake Political Review.
There are also campus chapters of Ad Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, and an undergraduate chapter of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. SJMC students also frequently have leadership roles in university organizations such as Student Senate and Residence Hall Association.