The Joint Major program in Public Policy enables participating students to acquire skills and knowledge in a specific academic discipline while developing an understanding of the formulation and implementation of public policy strategies.
This relatively new program that began in 2006 has grown rapidly, and we continue to explore new initiatives to enhance the public policy experience.
I believe that an internship is an important component to include in your public policy training.
Recent graduates in the public policy program have interned for the US Environmental Protection Agency in both Philadelphia and Washington. Public Policy students interested in healthcare and administration had working internships at the Philadelphia Health Department and Connecticut Valley Health Center. As part of ongoing course work and independent studies, public policy students have worked with local agencies in Lancaster on children's health issues such as asthma and risks of lead exposure.
Our committee members work with our students to arrange meaningful experiences in different geographic and professional settings to enable the internship experience to broaden the student's understanding of public policy issues and implementation.
The Public Policy program attracts numerous students from Government, Economics, Business Organizations & Society, and the Environmental Science/Studies Departments. However, many other combinations are possible to meet specific student needs and career objectives. Students that have taken this path pursue careers in business, government, public health, graduate and professional schools.
If you are interested in this career path, please feel free to contact me or a professor on the public policy committee.
Director, Public Policy Program