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Writing and Career Resources

Students engaged in peer review in the Public Policy 154 Writing in the Major Course

Students engaged in peer review in the Public Policy 154 Writing in the Major Course

Justine DeSilva

The Public Policy Program aims to provide students with writing and speaking support to help them grow as communicators both academically and professionally. For support for all your writing needs, please visit our resident writing tutor in the Landau Economics Building during the week (office hours listed below and in the weekly digest) and consult the following resources.

General Academic Writing Support

Meet the Public Policy Program's Dedicated Writing Specialist
 

 

Kathleen TarrKathleen Tarr holds regular office hours or both graduate and undergraduate students.

Spring 2017-18 Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm by appointment - Landau 131
Students who can't meet at that time should email Kathleen directly at ktarr@stanford.edu to schedule a meeting. Kathleen also holds office hours in Hume; if you are interested in visiting her in Hume, she'll be there on Thursdays from 10am-noon.

Starting in May: Join a community of public policy writers! Bring your current projects for peer review and feedback as well as input by Writing Specialist Dr. Kathleen Tarr. For more information, please email ktarr@stanford.edu

Dates: Tuesday afternoons starting at 1:30pm in May & June (May 1, May 8, May 15, May 29, & June 5) - Room 131 from 1:30-4:30 and Room 127 from 4:30-5pm

Schedule an Appointment in HUME


Below, find examples of areas of interest and topics that can be covered during office hours:

Public Policy Disciplinary Expectations Understanding "policy writing" as a field, learning to apply what you learned in PWR to Public Policy writing
Course Assignments Memos, essays, WIM papers, written exam strategies, class presentations, honors theses, and more
Speaking and presenting Designing effective PowerPoint (PPT) presentations, speaking with scripts, creating presentation handouts, speeches
Career Preparation Resumes, job or cover letters, interview techniques
Communication Strategies Public speaking, overcoming speech anxiety, interpreting assignments, handling criticism and feedback
Group Work Collaboration practices, writing and revising, group presentations and reports
Professional Writing Reports, articles, emails, op eds, policy briefs, executive summaries, press releases, political websites, and more
Cultural Communication Adapting to American academic conventions, understanding and mastering "policy writing" as a discipline, communication etiquette, changes in grammar and expression

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and Speaking is your go-to resource for all your writing and speaking needs. You can make an appointment or drop in to the center at anytime (Building 250).

Undergraduate Public Policy Writing Courses and Resources

Below is a list of the Public Policy major's writing-centric courses and corresponding resources.

Career and Internship-Focused Support

The Public Policy Program prepares students for a variety of careers and higher education opportunities. To get a sense of the diverse career paths of our alumni, take a look at our Undergrad Job Report.

For a guide for pitching your Public Policy skills to potential employers in many different fields, check out the Worksheet for "Talking Public Policy".

Join the Stanford Public Policy Alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with Public Policy alumni for networking and mentoring opportunities, and to view job postings.

Refer to this Recruitment Timeline to get a sense of when different industries begin their search and hiring processes.

Policy Job Websites

Several outside websites are dedicated to posting policy-oriented jobs and connecting applicants with employers. These include:

On-Campus Career Resources

In addition to regular conversations with advisors and participation in department events, students are encouraged to connect with the following Stanford campus resources as they explore internship opportunities and begin the career search process:

BEAM

BEAM Career Education. BEAM provides valuable resources developed specifically for graduate students, including career coaching, events, workshops, career fairs, and mechanisms to connect with employers and alumni.

Learn more about BEAM


Haas Center

Haas Center for Public Service. The Haas Center inspires students to realize a just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. Haas provides courses, fellowships, advising, and career resources for students and alumni.

Learn more about the Haas Center


Stanford Alumni Mentoring

Stanford Alumni Mentoring. SAM is a fantastic resource connecting current students with volunteer alums for career and internship mentoring.

Learn more about Stanford Alumni Mentoring


Stanford Alumni Association

Stanford Alumni Association. The University's definition of an alum is a person who has completed three or more quarters at Stanford. Students who fit this definition will have access to certain alumni-only features, such as alumni e-mail, the online alumni directory, and career services. Register for an account by visiting the Alumni Association website.

Learn more about the Stanford Alumni Association


VPGE

Vice Provost for Graduate Education. VPGE offers many valuable and diverse professional development programs for graduate students. There is something for everyone, including informal meet ups with other graduate students to dicuss research and career goals, communication workshops, leadership dinners, and other mentoring groups. You can start with a self assessment tool, the Interactive Graduate Professional Development Framework, to help you find professional development resources on campus.

Learn more about the Vice Provost for Graduate Education