Teams of 3-5 students participate in a structured research-to-practice experience to solve a policy or business problem that a government agency or business faces. Supervised by a professional advisor, participating students have the chance to work with actual data from the selected fields, develop data-driven policy options or business strategies, and deliver an on-site presentation of recommendations to government officials or business executives. Choose from a wide range of projects from 4 content areas, receive a blend of lectures, guest speakers, discussions, and complete with an intensive site visit of an organization located in the U.S. for an exceptional learning experience. Typically, this experience includes a 3-day travel component and an associated program fee.
Education Capstone: From early childhood to postsecondary education, from school choice to higher education finance, students have the opportunity to work with senior leadership from consulting firms, federal/state/local education agencies, or international organizations to identify burning issues, define a scope of work, develop analytical approaches, and conduct research with the aim to improve education access, equity, or quality. Students will meet regularly with their professional advisor, work with team members on project deliverables, and travel to the client to present findings and policy options to the organization executives on-site.
Health Strategy Capstone: Teams of 4-6 students will work collaboratively to solve a real-world problem raised by a client. Students will work directly with a professional advisor from the client organization, likely including hospitals, healthcare providers, government agencies, and public health communication companies. They will develop a research plan, analytical approach, and a report or business brief. Students will travel to the client to deliver a final presentation with policy options and recommendations.
Workforce Development Capstone: Workforce development programs and policies promote access to employment opportunities and the mastery of job-related knowledge and skills. Effective workforce development programs support education and employment-related needs of the targeted population and help economic growth. Students will work in teams of 4-6 to evaluate the effectiveness and return on investment of a workforce development program or policy for a federal/state/local government agency. Students will develop a policy brief and present findings and policy implications to the client on-site.
Management Consulting Capstone: In this 10-week capstone experience, students are organized into teams of 4-6 and cast into the role of management consultants to advise businesses executives on issues ranging from talent acquisition and retention, regulation compliance, marketing, and strategic planning. Students will simulate a consulting engagement by developing a statement of work and analytical approach, facilitating meetings with different stakeholders, managing client expectations, and presenting final business recommendations to the client on-site.