McCourt students often complement their classroom learning and enrich their educational experience by participating in student organizations and other engagement opportunities that align with their passions, culture or career goals.
McCourt students participate in discussion groups with Fellows from the Institute of Politics and Public Service, discussing current events and tackling political challenges under the guidance of some of the top names in politics, government, and media.
They engage in policy research and on issues of institutional trust through the programming of the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance.
Each year McCourt students serve as research, teaching, and graduate assistants, working closely with our world-renowned faculty members to offer practical solutions to pressing policy problems. They engage with the McCourt School's affiliated centers, regularly working with experts in health policy, social policy, international development, and others.
McCourt students are active members of the Georgetown campus, volunteering with the Center for Social Justice, serving on the Graduate Student Government, and participating in various campus organizations. Students are members of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association, as many McCourt students are members of the military.
Many students also participate in one of our exchange programs, spending part of their program abroad in Switzerland, Germany, Singapore, and other locations. McCourt students also organize international travel opportunities to learn more about the political process abroad, including recent trips to Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
McCourt Policy in Practice
McCourt Policy in Practice provides students an opportunity to partner with local communities and nonprofit organizations in developing countries to use rigorous policy tools in designing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable, evidence-based development projects.
Policy Innovation Lab
The Policy Innovation Lab convenes the talents of students, professors, researchers, community leaders to tackle urgent and emerging issues at the forefront of policy discussion and debate in the DC area, and to develop pioneering and forward-thinking solutions.
McCourt students are tasked with developing policy solutions for local issues in the Georgetown Public Policy Challenge, with the winning team competing at the National Invitation Public Policy Challenge hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government.
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The Georgetown Public Policy Student Association (GPPSA) serves as the student government at the McCourt School of Public Policy. GPPSA works to facilitate communication and collaboration among students, administrators, and faculty as well as to enhance the academic, social, and professional experiences of McCourt students.
Throughout the year, GPPSA provides support to student groups and promotes ingenuity and engagement by funding student-driven initiatives that extend graduate learning beyond the classroom. GPPSA-sponsored programming ranges from speaker series on cutting edge policy issues, policy debates, skills workshops, and brown bag lunches with faculty to sightseeing tours of D.C., community service projects, and networking happy hours with alumni. GPPSA also builds community at McCourt by hosting social and diversity events including an international potluck and cultural festival, trivia nights, election watch parties, student-faculty holiday mixers, and the annual end-of-year student gala and graduation dinner.
To ensure that student feedback is incorporated into every aspect of student life, GPPSA holds State of the McCourt School forums with administrators and encourages student participation in opinion surveys on the McCourt experience. GPPSA maintains a website for student information, including event calendars and resource guides, as well as social media accounts tracking school news.
- Georgetown Public Policy Student Association Facebook page
- Georgetown Public Policy Student Association on Twitter: @GPPSA
The Georgetown Public Policy Review (GPPReview) is a nonpartisan, student-run media organization. GPPReview’s mission is to provide an outlet for innovative new thinkers and established policymakers to offer perspectives on the politics and policies that shape our nation and our world. Approximately 50 dedicated staff members work to produce and promote a print publication, The Georgetown Public Policy Review as well as an online blog, GPPReview Online, to achieve this mission.
- Print Publications: The Georgetown Public Policy Review is a peer reviewed, academic journal. The Review focuses each issue around a theme addressed with relevant articles and high-profile interviews that contribute to the thoughtful discourse of public policy.
- Online Publications: GPPReview Online is a blog offering substantive, timely policy analysis and diverse perspectives on current issues. GPPReview Online sheds new light on important subjects that often miss the attention of the media, thus serving as a valuable resource for students, faculty, practitioners and journalists.
- Policy Forums: GPPReview hosts policy forums designed to bring policymakers and students together in conversation. The forums’ purpose is to provide a venue for policymakers to showcase research and share opinions and for students to be exposed to the wealth of policy expertise housed in Washington, D.C.
- Social Events: Each year, GPPReview hosts several social events to raise money for the organization’s operational expenses.
- Georgetown Public Policy Review Facebook page
- Georgetown Public Policy Review on Twitter: @gppolicyreview
The Latin American Policy Association
The Latin American Policy Association (LAPA) was developed in the Spring of 2015. LAPA’s mission is to promote the discussion, debate and analysis of policies and political issues relevant for the Latin American region. The Latin American Policy Association seeks to disseminate knowledge and awareness about Latin American issues and policies among the McCourt School community, in addition to advancing the interests of Latin American students in the McCourt School and in the larger Georgetown community.
The Women in Public Policy Initiative (WPPI) is dedicated to developing exceptional female leaders in public policy and increasing awareness of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls through strategic partnerships, service, and advocacy. As an organization, we strive to increase the visibility of women in the policy arena both inside and outside of the immediate Georgetown University community. We seek to provide an inclusive forum for McCourt students interested in issues pertaining to women in politics and public policy, to support the professional development and skills of female students, and to connect current students with alumni and professionals in the field. During the academic year, we host a number of events including speaker series, networking events, and policy discussions. We also hold bi-weekly meetings and have an email listserv to advertise local events and to send out "Women in the News," our weekly news blast. Membership is open to all interested McCourt School students regardless of gender, political affiliation, race, or sexual orientation.
The LGBTQ+ Policy Initiative (Formerly Public Policy OUT) at the McCourt School of Public Policy exists to provide research-driven advocacy in the Georgetown community, on the Hill, and at organizations around the world. LPI's mission is to advocate for LGBTQ+ individuals through analytically rigorous mechanics.
The mission of the Consulting Club is to provide greater opportunities for students to pursue a career in consulting. Goals include greater networking, better understanding of the consulting profession, and job and internship opportunities for students in conjunction with the McCourt School and Graduate School career services.
To achieve these goals, the Consulting Club will facilitate activities including networking events with alumni and industry connections, employer panel and information sessions, resume and industry-specific job search workshops, case-interview workshop, and informational visits to local consulting firms.
EduWonks is Georgetown's premier education policy student organization. EduWonks facilitates policy dialogue, professional growth experiences, and interdisciplinary collaboration through our speaker events, policy chats, and service initiatives in the DC community. Last year's notable events included Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, and a yearlong policy thesis mentoring program with Cesar Chavez PCS.
EduWonks meets in person twice per month and welcomes all McCourt students to apply for roles. In the coming years EduWonks plans to diversify their speaker series, increase the reach and impact of their service initiatives, and create a comprehensive database of recommended internships and alumni contacts in the education sector.
Each year, McCourt students work together to plan an annual public policy conference. The event brings distinguished academics and policymakers to Washington, D.C. to discuss the most pressing and complex social issues of the day. This day-long event also provides a unique opportunity for current policy experts to address and hear from the next generation of policy professionals. The McCourt School Policy Conference attracts speakers and a diverse audience from the nation's top policy schools, non-profit and government organizations, in addition to members of the Georgetown and Washington, D.C. policy communities.
East Asian Policy Association
East Asian Policy Association (EAPA) aims to create a platform engaging McCourt students in discussions related to East Asian policies and political issues. We also strive to provide career development opportunities for students pursuing a career in East Asian policies.
EAPA hosts many events throughout the year exploring topics related to East Asian region. This has included panels on US-China Business and Policy challenges, the Taiwan Presidential Election, and East Asia’s role in COP21 Paris Climate Conference. EAPA also hosts movie nights, networking events, and cultural events celebrating East Asian cultures.
South Asian Policy and Research Initiative
The South Asian Policy and Research Initiative (SAPRI) is a student-led initiative dedicated to raising awareness on the critical development challenges facing economies in South Asia and promoting evidence-based policies in the region. By engaging with policymakers, researchers, development practitioners, and other policy experts, SAPRI will also strive to be a resource for all students interested in exploring relevant research and employment opportunities relating to South Asian economic development.
McCourt Energy & Environment
Energy and environmental concerns are among the most important challenges facing policy makers today. Federal, state, and local lawmakers will all face policy choices related to climate change in the coming years. These may include how to: ensure coastal cities are resilient in the face of rising sea levels and storm surge, address reduced water supply in agriculture, find new sources of power that ensure an operational electric grid during natural disasters, increase energy efficiency in industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, address public health concerns by improving air and water quality, secure a sustainable food supply for growing populations, and much more.
McCourt Policy in Practice (MPiP)
McCourt Policy in Practice, Dominican Republic. McCourt Policy in Practice (formerly known as Project Honduras) is the McCourt School's sustainable development project providing students with the unique opportunity to apply public policy skills learned in the classroom to an underserved community in the Dominican Republic (formerly in Honduras).
McCourt students and alumni are dynamic, diverse and engaged. Meet a few of our alumni here.
Jamie Obal (MPP '15)
During her time at the McCourt School, Jamie interned at the State Department, the White House Domestic Policy Council, and the Senate Health Education Labor & Pension Committee.
Ben Chun (MIDP '15)
From the Hilltop to the halls of the World Bank, see how McCourt student Ben Chun experienced the McCourt Advantage.
Alex Covington (MPM '16)
While working full-time at the State Department, Alex earned his MPM degree attending McCourt part-time.
Andrew Kitchel (MPP '17)
"One great thing to take advantage of in DC is the opportunity for jobs and internships in a variety of different types of organizations in the private and public sector."
Cristina Martínez Pinto (MPP '17)
"You will get to know yourself better, gain valuable skills and have fun in the process of doing so."
Galia Rabchinsky (MIDP '17)
"McCourt has provided me with the quantitative and soft skills to be a professional in the development field."
Anushree Banerjee (MPP '17)
"The quantitative rigor, the opportunities in DC, and the great environment are hard to match at other programs."
Jose Lobo (MIDP '14)
"The coursework is challenging and being an international student whose native language is not English can make it harder. But my professors have been very accessible..."
Elena Martinez (MPM '14)
"Because of its location in the political capital of the world, Washington DC, Georgetown stands out..."
Etai Mizrav (MPP '14)
"Coming to the McCourt School was one of the best decisions I have ever made."
Zachary Epstein (MPP '13)
"The McCourt School’s emphasis on a strong quantitative and analytical approach to the study of public policy immediately set it apart..."
William Chen (MPP '12)
"My degree from Georgetown was critical to my successfully making the transition between very different fields."
Anne Hyslop (MPM '11)
"My degree has proved to be enormously useful. I not only gained knowledge and research skills, but also a way of thinking about and approaching policy that guides my work on a daily basis."
- McCourt School Writing Center: The McCourt School Writing Center aims to help students succeed as writers in the McCourt curriculum and as policy professionals.
- McCourt School Disability Support Guidelines: Students at the McCourt School who self-identify and provide documentation of a qualifying disability are entitled to receive accommodations during their time at Georgetown University.
- Blackboard: The McCourt School of Public Policy and Georgetown University intranet site for students. Class material for enrolled courses as well as current information about degree requirements, resources for thesis and Stata, registration, study abroad, courses, and career resources are accessible to McCourt students via the Blackboard site. Questions about accessing and using Blackboard? The Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship provides Blackboard support.
- MyAccess: The University Registrar’s portal that allows students to view course schedules, submit course registration and drop/add requests, edit biographical and address information, access Student Accounts and billing, view/print unofficial transcripts, and perform a degree audit.
- University Registrar
- Academic Calendar
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Current student forms: Thesis, transfer credit, graduation, leave of absence, etc.
- Graduate Bulletin: Academic rules and regulations.
- University Disability Support
- University Academic Support
- University Writing Center
- Student-Athlete Support
The mission of the Office of Career Development and Alumni Engagement, through its partnerships with employers, alumni, students and other Georgetown University constituents, is to create and foster a community of collaborative learning designed to advance the career development process. We seek to empower students (through robust programming and skill-building) with the tools that are critical to making effective customized career choices based on accurate self-appraisals and a deep understanding of how to leverage their public policy education, skills and experiences to achieve life-long career success. Additionally, the Office of Career Development and Alumni Engagement seeks to encourage and increase life-long alumni pride, participation and service by connecting alumni to one another and to the McCourt School through meaningful communication, programs, and events.
McCourt Connects! is a password-protected database of current jobs and internships in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. New opportunities are added daily, so check back regularly.(Login requires Georgetown NetID and password).
Hoya Gateway is a Georgetown University program that directly links students and alumni to help them develop and nurture lasting networking relationships. It facilitates one-on-one career-related conversations, where students can practice interviewing, have resumes reviewed, conduct informational interviews, and broaden their network. Learn more about Hoya Gateway.
LIFE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
The McCourt School has a variety of student organizations and events that enrich student life. Students can take on leadership roles through numerous opportunities provided by these organizations, including planning the annual conference, editing the review journal or blog, organizing a speaker discussion through one of the policy interest groups, or contributing to student life through the student association.
ADDITIONAL GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY RESOURCES
McCourt School Admissions Ambassadors help us to bring the McCourt experience to life for prospective students.
Riverside, California. Rishon LeZion, Israel. Boston, Massachusetts. Mexico City, Mexico. Atlanta, Georgia. McCourt School Admissions Ambassadors come to Georgetown's Hilltop campus from locations across the country and around the world because they share one goal: learning the tools they need to change the world.
These select students have a wide-variety of policy and political interest areas, so you can get to know how the McCourt School is helping them achieve career goals similar to your own.
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The McCourt Scholars are a select group of promising future policy makers and scholars whose background, experience, and academic excellence qualify them for this prestigious award. Each year, five incoming students are nominated as McCourt Scholars based on the strength of their applications to the McCourt School. All full-time MPP and MIDP students are eligible to be considered for the McCourt Scholars program, and no additional application is required. The Scholar award includes full tuition, mandatory fees, a stipend, and health insurance.
2017 McCourt Scholars
In 2010, Kyle co-founded a nonprofit that builds schools, provides scholarships and rehabilitates homeless children in Kenya. He picked up Swahili and continues to run the organization today. Kyle spent five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and witnessed the rise of ISIS and other military conflicts. He saw firsthand why it is so important to resolve social and economic problems peacefully, which inspired him to pursue a career in public policy. At McCourt, Kyle looks forward to acquiring a “policymaker’s toolset” and becoming well-prepared for a career in international development.
Austin co-designed and launched China’s first nationwide social enterprise accelerator program and conducted large-scale survey research on Chinese social enterprises. He learned first-hand how difficult it is to operationalize and scale innovative ideas without first understanding the systems that he was trying to change. Austin earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. At McCourt, he wants to acquire the skills to create and disseminate data collection and analysis tools for small organizations.
Nancy is excited to attend McCourt because of its proximity to policymakers and policy practitioners, the School’s quantitative focus and it’s renowned faculty. She aspires to build a strong network of colleagues and approach international issues in innovative new ways. Nancy earned her Bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
Charles’ interest in foreign cultures drove him to travel around the world. After a while, however, he no longer wanted to be a passive observer - he wanted to make a difference. When the opportunity arose, he helped build a boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. Charles arrives at McCourt with a history degree from Harvard University, and looks forward to policy discussions, internship opportunities and the chance to build a quantitative skillset. He hopes that his experiences at McCourt will equip him for a career path in international development, policy evaluation or poverty-reduction programs.
When Aleksandra learned about the Rwandan genocide at age 15, she committed herself to making a difference in the world and participated in local and international Model UN competitions. As an undergraduate, Aleksandra studied law and economics and was elected president of the Australian National University Students’ Association, where she represented over 10,000 students on issues such as mental health, housing and quality of life. Now, after two years in corporate law, she arrives at McCourt ready to achieve her lifelong goal: working in peace negotiation and post-conflict reconstruction, with an emphasis on global human rights.
2016 McCourt Scholars
A citizen of the United Kingdom, Adam has been working as an economic reporter in Abu Dhabi since 2013, writing for various outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics, and an M.Sc. in European politics and policy from the University of London. He has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Following his graduation from the McCourt School, he plans to continue with his career in journalism and would like to work in political consultancy.
Global health-related efforts have been integral to Anupama work. One of her projects involved convincing major donors to commit $12 billion over a 3-year period to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria. Another project analyzed financing for maternal and child nutrition in India and Bangladesh. Both helped "orient my career in order to make the most impact on global health and international economic development,” she said. Dathan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in public policy. She wants to work for an NGO or multilateral focused on program evaluation to inform global health policy.
Anna realized that there is no simple answer to health care problems after she spent 18 months at a clinic in Kenya. She is passionate about a career in global health and aspires to work on distribution and access to health care resources in the developing world. Anna graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering with a concentration in bioengineering. She wants to learn the theory and practice related to international development while she’s at McCourt, so she can make a bigger impact abroad.
Eight years ago, Collin wanted to travel the world and be a part of something big, but he needed a way to pay for school. The U.S. Air Force enabled him to accomplish all three. Collin has an Associate's degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American Military University. He’s ready to transition from his career in the Air Force, and he believes that McCourt’s commitment to service is a perfect match. After graduation, he hopes to conduct policy analysis on national security issues for a think tank or for the federal government.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Breah wants to understand legal systems so she can affect positive change in this country and around the world, especially through economic policy and civil rights issues. Originally from Wisconsin, Breah received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and studied global governance and diplomacy at Oxford. She also served as chief legal counsel for MSK Advertising. Breah is looking forward to pursuing a degree at McCourt in order to develop her research and statistical quantitative skills.
2015 McCourt Scholars
William hails from Olympia, Washington. He has a passion for service and international development. In 2011, he graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in civil engineering. Although William knows he could have a lucrative career in engineering, he has always been drawn to public service. Both of his parents work for the state of Washington and studied public policy. William knows he will stay engaged working in public policy because it serves the public good and presents an opportunity to work on unique and varied challenges.
Jessica is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a distinction in history. She is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience writing, voicing, and producing public radio stories for national and statewide broadcast. Jessica was a valued contributor to many National Public Radio programs. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Syria from 1993-94. Since 2011, she has been the Capital Bureau Chief for North Carolina Public Radio WUNC in Chapel Hill.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Development from Berkeley and has dedicated her career to public service. She is fluent in French and Italian, and also speaks Spanish. Rachel comes to McCourt from the Clinton Global Health Access Initiative, where she was a Sustainable Health Finance Analyst and is a Princeton in Africa Fellow. Her work includes technical assistance to establish the cost effectiveness of the Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution program. Before her fellowship, Jessica consulted for the World Bank in Washington, D.C, where she managed and designed an integrated sustainable project database and trained 20 colleagues. Jessica has a passion for international development and hopes to continue her work after she graduates from McCourt.
After completing her Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland, Naomi completed a course at Yale University’s Women’s Campaign School. Naomi’s experience has included volunteering for Obama for America and serving as the press intern for Congressman Alcee Hasting. Currently, she is a reporter for News Corps Australia specializing in local politics and crime. Naomi was also one of 30 international students selected to participate in the Hansard Scholars Program at the London School of Economics. She considers public policy a conduit for change and progress and believes that supporting a robust democracy is of paramount importance.
Christian T. Ueland
Christian was born in Napa, California. As a pilot and flight operations manager in Afghanistan, Christian realized that quantitative data can be an excellent indicator of the effectiveness of a policy or program. Christian would like to take his career out of the cockpit and into a career in public policy with a specific focus on international development. He believes that his military experience and leadership, along with a McCourt education, will provide him the tools to serve his country and people around the world.
2014 McCourt Scholars
Alejandra is a 2010 graduate of Columbia University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. She spent the last four years with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab as a Research Analyst and Regional Research Manager in Central and South America. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Alejandra plans to focus her studies on behavioral strategies that can be employed by education and health programs in Central America.
Manning graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At the end of his freshman year of college, he enlisted in the Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. Since leaving the Army, Manning has worked as a substitute teacher in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. At McCourt, Manning is pursuing an MPP degree and plans to study foreign policy development.
A MPP candidate, Megan graduated from American University in 2011 with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications, Economics, Law and Government. Megan spent three years teaching at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, DC. In the summer of 2013, she served as an education policy fellow with the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, confirming her passion for public policy. She hopes to use her policy degree and teaching experience to enact education reforms to improve the lives of her students.
Leonel graduated as valedictorian from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. He worked at Procter & Gamble and for the mayor of El Hatillo. He is also dedicated to the NGO he cofounded, Embajadores Comunitarios, which provides education opportunities to more than 500 underprivileged students, including college scholarships to more than 10 percent of them. After he graduates from McCourt, Leonel hopes to rebuild the democratic foundations and institutional strength of Venezuela.
Tasmia is a Master of International Development Policy candidate. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Government and International Relations. Most recently, Tasmia worked at BRAC, an international development organization in Bangladesh. She plans to study the intersection of politics and development during her time at Georgetown.
Mutiara Alam Addini (MIDP)
Mutiara Alam Addini is a graduate student of Master of International Development Policy at McCourt. She is currently working as Summer Fellow at the Causal Design Cambodia office on the implementation of an impact evaluation of social capital and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project and agricultural project. Coming from Indonesia, her research and work experience has been in economic development, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and Southeast Asia. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Indonesia.
Fernando Castro-Alvarez (MPP)
Fernando Castro-Alvarez is in the MPP program at McCourt, focusing on energy and environment. In the coming months, he will be an EDF Climate Corps Fellow, working with the government of Puerto Rico to improve the energy efficiency of the second largest public housing portfolio in the United States. ncy of the second largest public housing portfolio in the United States.
Anupama Dathan (MPP)
Anupama Dathan is working with the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (Gui2de) in Nairobi, Kenya, developing a digital financial inclusion program evaluation. She is a rising second MPP, originally from Minnesota, though she has lived in DC for the last several years.
Carrie Vergel de Dios (MIDP)
Carrie Vergel de Dios is from Springfield, Virginia, pursuing a Master’s in International Development Policy. This summer she is interning for Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (Gui2de), working on a road safety project in Kampala, Uganda.
Hall Wang (MPP/MBA)
Hall Wang is pursuing the MPP/MBA Dual Degree Program and interning in Boeing’s Government Operations department this summer. At Boeing, he support’s company executives by helping them understand how current and proposed policy impacts their business models as America’s largest exporters and the world’s premier aerospace company. Hall is from Charlotte, North Carolina.