This program is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers.
Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations.
The practica are led by faculty mentors who hold class sessions weekly. Students also participate in hands-on workshops designed to enhance their project management, client relations, oral presentation, and writing skills. In addition to sharing the findings with their clients, students present their reports at the SIS Practica Symposium each semester.
Spring 2014 Practica:
International exchange programs are an essential component of public diplomacy. participants will study major actors and resources in the field as well as a conceptual framework for evaluating the effectiveness of exchanges. of three teams of students will research and report on one of the following topics: 1) international student flows and U.S. and Dutch efforts to recruit international students and provide enrichment activities in their capital cities; ) building a domestic constituency for exchanges; 3) recruiting Millennials to participate in citizen diplomacy programs. Clients include the International Student House in Washington, DC /the City of The Hague, the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, and the National Council for International Visitors.
Professor: Dr. Sherry Mueller, distinguished alumna and President Emeritus of the National Council for International Visitors.
Practicum Meet & Greet: Thursday, September 12th at 5:30pm in the School of International Service, room 235.
The Strategic Communications Practicum emphasizes the central role of information intensive activities in an organization's mission and planning. in this Practicum will be assigned to projects with major international or non-governmental organizations that emphasize public policy issues concerning the role of communications in governance, or that apply communication skills to organizational needs in social media, business development, outreach, and communication campaigns. work will result in organizational strategic plans, media and outreach strategies, policy positions, and public relations strategies.
Students that have foreign language capabilities, social media skills, familiarity with information and communication public policy issues, and general international relations skills are especially desirable.
Professor: Eric J. Novotny, Senior Advisor for Democracy and Technology at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Practicum Meet & Greet: Monday, September 23rd at 5:30pm in the School of International Service, room 235
Multilateral Institutions: The U.S. love-hate relationship with internationalism and public diplomacy
This Practicum will explore the role multilateral institutions play in the early 21st, US attitudes, expectations, fragility and the challenges and opportunities for effective multilateralism. Students will work with specific multilateral institutions and those evaluating them to assess meaning, , viability, operations, public attitudes, and special challenges internally and externally. There will be an evaluation of the global context in which these institutions find themselves and why (as has been raised in a recent Foreign Policy) there is a “leaning in” “’leaning away”.
Students will conduct evaluations of specific institutions, and help the client determine whether they are heading in the right direction for short/long term success and offer specific recommendations. The expectation is that there will be “’actionable”” insights and viable next steps at the end of the semester based on student analysis and assessment. Depending on class size and real-time assessment, expectation this year is that the two or three clients will include the UN Development Program, the Council on Foreign Relations, PEW Trust and the Department of State. Will be 2-3 specific speakers during the semester. The course will be conducted on Monday evenings.
Professor: The Hon. Jill A. Schuker, Head of the Washington Center for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Practicum Meet & Greet: Monday, September 16th at 5:30pm in the School of International Service, room 235