This afternoon, Jackson undergrads filled every seat in Horchow Hall’s GM Room for the unveiling of the senior capstone project clients for Fall 2018. Capstone instructors presented eagerly-awaited descriptions of their projects and clients to the many Global Affairs juniors in attendance; a few instructors who could not be physically present even video-conferenced in to present their projects.
Working in small groups and overseen by a Yale faculty member, Global Affairs seniors complete the capstone course, a public policy project on behalf of a client, which can be government agencies, not-for-profits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector entities in the United States and abroad. For each course, the Jackson Institute works with the client to formulate a project that is appropriate and mutually beneficial. The program is designed to give the seniors hands-on public policy experience, and to give clients an opportunity to benefit from an independent analysis of an existing or prospective policy, initiative, or area of concern.
In Fall of 2018, our Global Affairs seniors will complete public policy projects for the US Army Special Forces, the Office of Naval Research, the United States Pacific Command, the World Bank, Global Digital Finance, International Bridges to Justice, and the Global Fund.