The Public Policy practicum offers students a hands-on approach to the study of policy questions. Practicum students use a variety of research methods to address real-world problems facing clients in community-based organizations and government agencies. At the end of the practicum, students deliver a presentation and policy report to the client. To view past reports, presentation slides, and other products of practicum students, please visit the .

The requirement. Students must fulfill a two-quarter research program, either as a traditional two-quarter practicum sequence or through two separate courses. One of the quarters must be drawn from a “Methods” course, and the other quarter must be drawn from a “Windows” course, which is meant to provide a window from the ivory tower into the “real world.” 

Most students will fulfill this requirement through the traditional practicum, PBPL 26200-26300 Field Research Project in Public Policy I-II, which must be taken as a two-quarter sequence.

Alternatives to the traditional practicum can be drawn from the Methods and Windows courses listed in the . In addition, students may petition the program director for permission to fulfill either their Methods or Windows requirement (or both) with courses that are not listed.