Real-world experience is an important part of the MPP program. Here are three notable ways MPP students receive hands-on opportunities to hone their skills.
1. Spring Consulting Projects
Teams of first-year MPP students serve as consultants to clients. The semester begins with a 48-hour memo experience and ends with client recommendations. Students define a problem, frame a policy question, conduct interviews in the field, research and develop policy options, undertake analysis, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
The project helps prepare students for their master’s projects and gives them concrete experience to show future employers.
2. Worldwide Internships
MPP students also complete a required internship. Students test new analytical tools, make connections for their master’s projects and/or determine areas for further study.
MPP students have interned at organizations such as:
- The World Bank
- UNICEF, India
- US Agency for International Development
- Action Aid, Ghana
- FBI: Counterintelligence Unit
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- US Senate Finance Committee
- World Health Organization
- UN Environmental Programme
3. Capstone Master's Research Project
All students work closely with a faculty advisor while completing a yearlong capstone master’s project.