The Policy Seminar is a central component of the Washington Program on National Issues (WPNI). The seminar’s purpose is three-fold.
1. Bring together students from a variety of disciplines to study domestic and international issues of public policy and management.
2. Apply theories of public policy to a variety of policy areas including economic development, criminal justice, climate change, tax policy, economic inequality, racial and social justice, foreign and domestic security policies, and cyber-threats. The course supplements readings and discussions with briefings by Washington-based experts from the policy world.
3. The course also serves as a bridge to the post-undergraduate labor markets. There are networking opportunities and briefings with professionals on careers including law, non-profit management, and campaigns and elections. The briefings identify the skills are necessary to make the most out of your internship and succeed in securing a job after college.
The seminar includes weekly discussions of common readings, briefings on policy-related topics by experts, and several writing assignments. The writing assignments include drafting OpEds, policy memos, short discussion papers, and articles published in Wikipedia.org.