The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client-based projects for students in its Workshop in Public Affairs and Workshop in International Public Affairs courses. Public, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations are encouraged to submit proposals for domestic and international projects.
Proposals received by November 1 will receive priority consideration. Alumni are encouraged to submit proposals.
During the semester-long course beginning in January, students gain practical experience applying the tools they acquired during their previous coursework. Students work interactively with the client to develop the project and final report over the course of the spring semester. Each student group receives guidance from a La Follette School faculty member.
Based on the client’s request, each group produces a research-based, analytical, evaluative, and prescriptive report and presents its results to the client during an in-person or video meeting by early May. There is no cost to clients.
- The proposal is achievable within the framework of one semester (approximately 14 weeks).
- All data and documentation will be accessible and ready for student use no later than February 1.
- Given the short timeframe, existing public or internal data is preferred.
- Data collection may be possible if clearly defined in the project proposal.
- The project has the support of the organization’s leadership, including a contact person to serve as a liaison with the students and to guide them through day-to-day questions.
- The proposal has a clear definition of the problem or issue.
Previous Workshop reports are available on the La Follette School’s website.