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Join CPU

Applications to join the Columbia Political Union (CPU) for the Fall 2023 semester are currently open! Founded in 1935, we seek to serve as the center of politics on campus. We strive to continue Columbia University's status as one of the nation's best schools to study and take part in politics. We organize a wide array of speaking events, student and faculty panels, lively debates, fundraisers, civic engagement campaigns, and anything else which furthers our mission.


CPU members are assigned to one of CPU's initiative committees (Citizenship Tutoring, Civic Scholars, Debating Union, Local Elections, ReachOut, Speaker Series). They work with the CPU Executive Board and their Initiative Director to plan, coordinate, and publicize their initiative. Committee members come from diverse academic and extracurricular backgrounds, and are not required to have previous experience in politics. CPU Committees require approximately 2-4 hrs/wk of time commitment, and committee members must ensure they stay in regular communication with E-Board and their Initiative Director.

The deadline to apply is Monday, September 25th at 11:59pm. We will be interviewing select applicants the week of September 25th and plan to notify all candidates by Friday, October 8th. For questions or concerns, please email the Columbia Political Union Executive Board at, or follow us on Instagram @columbiapoliticalunion.

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