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Practicum Program

Practicum students with their instructor

 Undergraduate practicum team with Professor Preeti Hehmeyer

"The Practicum[...]weaves together all of our courses very well and is personally meaningful." - Nicole Hensel, MPP, Class of 2017, when asked about the most meaningful aspects of her experience in the graduate program

Through Stanford’s Public Policy Practicum Program, students conduct policy analyses requested by government and nonprofit organizations.  Since the practicum's inception in 2007, over 200 students have conducted projects for over 50 client organizations.  

The practicum program is designed to enable students to apply and expand their technical skills while providing a useful service to the client organizations. In the practicum, students work in small teams to to address issues faced by their client organizations. Each team receives guidance from their client, practicum course instructor, and other Stanford faculty during the project. The project culminates in a final report and formal presentation to the client. For a list of client organizations that have worked with the practicum program, visit this link.

Engaging Students

The undergraduate practicum is a requirement for  all senior Public Policy students who do not engage in honors research.  The practicum is a 1-quarter class offered during Autumn (PUBLPOL 200A), Winter (PUBLPOL 200B), and Spring (PUBLPOL 200C).

The graduate practicum extends two quarters and is required for all MPP students.  Students begin PUBLPOL 309 during Autumn Quarter and complete the practicum project during the Winter Quarter of their second year. 

Prospective Clients

Practicum client

Practicum students work in small teams to analyze a policy issue requested by their client organization. Clients and instructors meet regularly with students, and projects culminate in a final written report and formal presentation.