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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 consult the following resources.

General Academic Writing Support

Below are academic areas where you may want to seek assistance. 

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).  Kathleen Tarr is especially helpful for Public Policy students. You can schedule an appointment with her at Hume (Mondays and Fridays, 10 am - 12 p.m.) in autumn quarter. 

Undergraduate Public Policy Writing Courses and Resources

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

Writing Specialist Law and Policy Site

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 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


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