Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Policy-In-Action Consultancy

Gain Experience in the Field

Policy-In-Action, our 11-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.

The consultancy takes place from early January through March. See dates for the consultancy on the Program Schedule page of the website.

Dane Cooper

Dane Cooper MPA ’19 during his consultancy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.