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Capstone Preference Survey will be open from February 20th- March 6th—Please complete!

Capstone Preference Survey

The Capstone Preference Survey will be available to be completed by first year and fall graduates for the MIA/MPA degree programs from February 20th-March 6th.  In the survey, students are asked to consider past Capstone projects and rank order your preference to gain a general sense of student interest for clients and topics. 

Students are then asked to suggest any new clients or topics they would like to see offered in the next academic year (fall 2017 and spring 2018).  The survey should take about 5-7 minutes to complete. 

The survey is an excellent tool that will allow you to have a direct influence in the variety and nature of the Capstone workshops offered next academic year.  We will make every effort to satisfy the demands of the students, however it may not be possible to accommodate every workshop request.  Unfortunately, a number of factors in addition to student demand lead to creating a Capstone workshop, such as the interest of an organization in engaging in a project and the availability of a project that would align with the interests of SIPA students. 

The survey will be available until March 6, 2017..   Thank you very much for your participation!


A core requirement for the Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science Policy (ESP), the workshops give students an opportunity to put learning into practice. Serving as their culminating educational experience at SIPA, students work in teams of 6-8 students under the guidance of an expert faculty advisor to work on a real-world consultancy project with an external client.  

To learn more about the available workshops, please refer to the specific programs:

  • Capstone Workshop
  • Workshop in Development Practice (EPD Workshop)
  • Workshops in Applied Earth Systems Management & in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis (ESP Workshops)

Serving as a culminating educational experience for the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs, students in all of concentrations, except for the Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration, complete a Capstone workshop in their final semester. Students are organized into small consulting teams and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. SIPA Capstone workshops are available to MIA/MPA students primarily during the spring semester of their final year. A small number of workshops are offered in the fall semester for students who are graduating at the end of the fall term. Please find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by students here.

Capstone Workshop Spring 2017

Auschwitz Institute for Peace and ReconciliationNational Mechanisms for Atrocity Crimes PreventionAriella Lang
AXA Strategic VenturesCyber Security, Big Data, Infrastructure, Mobile Marketing, Social Media-- AXA Strategic Ventures Survey Tristate Area CIOs and IT groups on IT Spending ChangesBruce Taragin
Bank of America Merrill LynchAssessing Client Interest of Impact InvestingMelanie L. Petsch
Barclays Public Finance Department Green for Green: Optimizing Public Financing for Conservationist and Sustainable InfrastructureJohn C. Liu
Barclays Research Unit Water –Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for BusinessNatasha Udensiva
Bloomberg New Energy Finance The Globalization of Natural Gas with the Development of LNGJeanne Fox
Brookings Institution- Center for Universal EducationInnovative Approaches to Girls’ Life Skills Education Allison Anderson
Crédit  Agricole Observations and Outlook for US LNG Exports in a Low-price Global MarketJason Bordoff
Current, powered by GE - New Solutions Test TeamAssessing the Economic and Technological Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in an Modernizing Grid LandscapeA.J Goulding
Current, powered by GE - Project Finance TeamFinancing Solutions for Renewables Projects in MexicoA.J Goulding
CyberGreenIdentifying Correlations between Cyber Health and Socioeconomic ConditionsGreg Rattray
Eurasia Group Technology and The 21st Century StateMarkus Jaeger
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)Structural Reform and Growth in Middle-income EconomiesSara Calvo
Federal Reserve Bank of New York Negative Interest Rates: A Comparison of Negative Interest Rate Implementation Approaches and Experiences across Major Central Banks (e.g. Switzerland, Japan, ECB, Sweden)Richard Clarida and Daniel Waldman
FireEyeLabor Market Drivers of Future Cyber Threat Activity Katheryn Rosen
Government of Namibia (with support of the Office of the President)Namibia: Transparency, Governance and Natural ResourcesJenik Radon
Government of Peru, Ministry of Culture Peru: When Two Worlds Collide --- Lessons LearnedJenik Radon
GRID Alternatives Tri-StateCommunity Solar for Low- to Moderate-Income HouseholdsSteven Caputo 
IBM Market Development and Insights GroupBeyond Fitbit: Trends and Healthcare Policy Considerations for the Cognitive Internet of ThingsAdam Quinton
IFC/ ILO Better Work JordanExamining Barriers of Workforce Integration for Syrian Refugees in JordanDaniel Naujoks
IHS MarkitA Global Low-Carbon ChallengeJason Bordoff
Inter-American Development Bank Improving Supply Chain Performance with New Digital TechnologiesUlrike Zeilberger and Tim Meyer
International Research and Exchange Board (IREX)The Future of NewsAnya Maria Schiffrin
La Ciudad VerdePolicy Path to Improve Urban Air Quality in Medellín, ColombiaAdam Hinge 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Center for Global Security ResearchU.S. Strategic Posture: A Framework for the Next PresidentAustin Long
Los Angeles Mayor's Office Innovation Team Reimagining Economic Development for Los Angeles in the 21st CenturySeth Pinsky
MasterCardMeeting the United Nations Financial Inclusion Challenge: Assessing the Impact and Sustainability of MasterCard's Mexico Financial Inclusion PilotD. Holly Hammonds  and Roberto Cavazos
Mauritius Financial Services Commission (FFC)What Future for Tax Haven Mauritius in the Wake of the Panama Papers?Christine Capilouto
Mercy CorpsEngaging Refugee and Displaced Youth in the Middle East as Partners in ChangeSarah Deardorff Miller
Meridiam InvestmentsRecommending Regulated Utilities Infrastructure Investing Opportunities for a leading Public-Private Partnership Focused Infrastructure FundJoah Sapphire 
Moody's Investors ServiceWhy do some Countries Manage to Carry High Levels of Debt without Negative Consequences while others Experience Stress at much Lower Levels of Debt?Gray Newman
Morgan Stanley Analyzing Risk for Financial Institutions—Recommendations for ways to Improve/Adapt Current Model to Better Address Emerging Threats Annemarie McAvoy
New America Foundation, Cybersecurity Initiative Cybersecurity as an Engine for GrowthAdam Segal
New York City Center for Innovation and Data Intelligence (CIDI)Juvenile Justice in New York City – Improving the Detention System for Juvenile OffendersEva Weissman
New York City Economic Development CorporationEffective Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Grow New York City’s EconomyKevin Kelly
New York City Office of the Special Prosecutor for NarcoticsNeeds Assessment of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Systems of Care in Staten Island, NYSilvia Martins and Lisette Nieves 
New York Life/Mainstay Investments Sustainable and Responsible Investing- Evaluating Companies for Effective ESG PracticesIsabelle Delalex
Quaternion Risk ManagementMeasuring Systemic Risk through Open Source Tools to Determine Collateralized Exposure CalculationsSharyn O'Halloran
RAND CorporationCheckmating Russia’s Assertiveness in Eastern EuropeColin F. Jackson 
Solar SisterExploring Pay As You Go Solar as a Means to Combat Energy PovertyEllen Morris
Standard Chartered Bank Aviation Financing at Standard Chartered Bank--The Americas, a growth opportunity? Fernando Sotelino
Thomson Reuters, Wood MackenzieAnalyzing the Rebalance of Global Crude Oil MarketsRussell Dyk
UBS Sustainable Finance:  Integrating ESG into the Analysis of Private Equity TransactionsChristopher Reim 
United Nations Development ProgrammeThe Future of Development Financing: Exploring how new Financing Trends can Impact the Sustainable Development GoalsHans-Martin Boehmer
United Nations Peacebuilding Support OfficeYouth, Peace and Security in the United States Kirsti Samuels
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Digital Financial Services and Fintech in Africa: Using Partial Credit Guarantees to Promote Financial InclusionHans-Martin Boehmer
United States Central Intelligence AgencyReimagining Israel/Palestine: What Are the Alternatives to a “Two-State Solution”?Naomi J. Weinberger
United States Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies GroupThe Changing Character of Conflict and Challenges for the US ArmyStuart Johnson
United States Defense Intelligence Agency Technological Change and China’s Public Security SystemAlexis Wichowski
United States Department of Defense, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian ResponseMultilateral Deployment of ASEAN Militaries during Disaster (Indo-Asia-Pacific) Karen L. Levin 
United States Department of State—Global Engagement CenterDigital Early Warning— Identifying the Very Early Key Indicators of Radicalization by Known Extremists on Social MediaNeal Pollard
United States Mission to the United Nations  Reassessing UN Peacekeeping and Observer Missions in the Middle EastWalter Miller
United States Strategic Command How to Innovate U.S. Strategic Command’s Deterrence and Assurance OperationsHoward W. Buffett
World Bank GroupEconomic/Financial Analysis and Impact Assessment of World Bank Financed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investments in MalawiAlexander Heil


MPA DP Workshops


DP Workshops Open for MPA DP Students

Spring 2017 MPA DP Workshop application is now available for any MPA DP students who wish to take the workshop. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 23, 2016 12pm.

Students are able to apply to up to 4 projects but should only apply for projects for which they would accept placement. 

Please note—students who are already assigned to a Capstone workshop or EPD Workshop in Development Practice are not eligible to apply. 

Only students who are not already on a project will be considered.


**You can complete the application here: Spring 2017 MPA DP Workshop Application**

ClientProject Title

Kiron Open Higher Education

Increasing the Education and Employment Prospects of Refugees in Turkey


Wikipedia Project for Offline Education in Medicine

The World Bank Group

ICT for Development- Spotlight on Tanzania: Open Data for Public Service Improvement in Tanzania: Impact to Date, Effects on the User Side

The World Bank Group

ICT for Development- Spotlight on Tanzania: Geomapping the Missing Primary and Secondary


Capstone Workshop Fall 2016


Project Title


​Overcoming Main Barriers for Investment into Urban Climate Mitigation Project

NY Life Investment Management/MainStay Investments

Investigating Sustainable Investing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Pencils of Promise

​Recommendations for Country Expansion Rubric Considering Economic, Social and Political Factors


Sustainability and Climate Leadership for an Oil and Gas and Energy Company in 2030

Office of the Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs- U.S. Department of State

Approaches for re-starting/reframing the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (CTR) and the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation (MNEPR) to secure existing nuclear materials in order to reduce the danger posed by insecure nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union




Workshop in Development Practice (EPD Workshop)

The Workshop in Development Practice is one of most exciting opportunities within the EPD concentration (and limited number of students in the Human Rights Concentration and International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization) in the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs. Officially, it is a spring-semester course for second-year master's degree students, but workshop activities begin in the fall semester through the course on Methods for Development Practice. Through the workshop, students gain practical experience by engaging in on-going cutting-edge development efforts, often involving country fieldwork.

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Workshops in Applied Earth Systems Management & in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis (ESP Workshops)