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Practicum

US Foreign Policy and National Security students present on their practicum.

US Foreign Policy and National Security students present on their practicum.

Introduced in Fall 2012, the practicum option 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. Practicum teams present their findings at the SIS-wide Practica Symposium, held at the end of each semester.

More information on the practicum option can be found on the SIS Practica Program webpage, including lists of current and past practica, as well as information about applying for practica.


 

Practicum Profile

Professor Shelton-Colby's class presents their practicum findings.

Ambassador Shelton-Colby's practicum class presents their findings to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Below is the final report of a Fall 2012 U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security practicum group, supervised by Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby. Ambassador Shelton-Colby's practicum group focused on how China's presence in Latin America has mushroomed in recent years, and what impact this has had on the strategic interests of the United States in the region.

The practicum group presented their findings to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and briefed the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department.

"Chinese Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy"

Here are two more examples of practica:

Nuclear Posture Review: From the Cold War to the 21st Century

The Spring of Al Qa'ida's Discontent: An Analysis of Terrorist Propaganda 2001-2012


 

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