Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
MPA

Policy In Action Consultancy

Gain Experience in the Field

Policy in Action, our 12-week consultancy, is a hands-on, one-credit learning program designed to help students shape and implement an innovative project with a client in the nonprofit, public, or private sector. Students apply their skills to address real problems while doing work consistent with their professional goals.

Throughout the three-month period, students participate in an online colloquium that brings together their cohort under the mentorship of a Brown faculty member. Each project will culminate in a final report that can be used during the career search process.

The Policy in Action consultancy is designed to:

  • Provide a career springboard through a rigorous, practical immersion with a client.
  • Focus on experiential learning and creative problem solving. Address complex contemporary problems, explore policy and practice-based solutions, and identify strategies and recommend future approaches.
  • Develop policy and practice-related solutions to address policy issues and/or enhance an organization’s capacity.
  • Accelerate proficiency in project management, stakeholder identification and analysis, systems and strategic thinking, and effective presentation of data.
  • Deliver value for both community partners and students.