Engaged Learning

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Practical courses and experiences 

P3E provides students with meaningful, mutually beneficial interactions with real-world organizations, government entities and community partners outside the university to learn about and impact public policy.

Students engage in semester–long applied policy seminars, policy-based independent study projects, client–led research projects, summer fellowships, and a wide variety of engaged learning activities.

The P3E mentoring initiative pairs student teams with teams of distinguished professional policy mentors to provide guidance on the students’ client-based projects. Learn more about our mentors here.

Fall 2022 Ford School Engaged Learning Student Projects

A collaborative effort of many of the Ford School’s research centers and programs, highlighting some of the impactful work our students are conducting with external partners.
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Strategic Public Policy Consulting (SPPC)

A semester-long Master’s level course that engages students in a supervised consulting project with a real-world client.
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Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP)

A policy-based independent study project that provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for dialogue, research, and service with community partners.
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