Capstone Workshops Overview 

A core requirement for the Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Public Affairs in Development Practice (MPA-DP),  the Capstone Workshops give students an opportunity to put learning into practice. Serving as a culminating educational experience for the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs, students in all of the 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 (between 4 to 8 students per team) and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. Clients include public agencies (from the local to national level), international NGOs and multinational organizations, and major firms in the private sector—recent examples include Barclays, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mercy Corps, Morgan Stanley, New York City Mayor’s Office, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, and the World Bank Group. Student teams, working under the supervision of a faculty expert, answer a carefully defined problem posed by the client. Each team produces an actionable report and an oral briefing of their findings at the close of the Capstone that is designed to translate into real change on the ground.

SIPA Capstone Workshops are available to MIA, MPA and MPA-DP 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.

Read the Capstone Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Students.  To view past Capstone Workshops, please visit Capstone Workshop Directory. 


Spring 2021 Capstone Workshops

Capstone client project title  faculty advisor 
Bank of Israel

Developing a Financial Inclusion Program for Israel's Arab and Ultra-Orthodox Communities

Akbar Noman

Barclays  Public Finance Department

Green Bonds, Blockchain and Fintech: Proof of Impact 

Amar Pradhan

BCG Platinion

Application of Real Options Theory to Tackle Investment Uncertainty in Commodity Industries

Hans-Martin Boehmer

Booz Allen Hamilton

Implications of Policies and Governance for Ethical Artificial Intelligence Algorithms on the Private Sector’s Algorithm Development Costs

Tim Meyer and Ulrike Zeilberger

Center for Popular Diplomacy

Healthcare is a Human Right- Barriers to Access with a Race and Gender Lens

Kristina Eberbach

Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Shadow Pandemics: The Collateral Effects of COVID in Fragile States

Sohini Chatterjee

Christofferson, Robb & Company Implementing an Actionable Green Energy Transition Strategy

Joel Moser

Citi Community Capital 

Preventing Evictions in Low-Income Housing During & After the COVID-19 Recession

Carol O'Cleireacain

Citi Private Bank

ESG- Finding and Measuring Impact 

Alicia Ogawa

City of Cape Town, South Africa

Evaluation of Feedback Mechanisms to Improve Water and Sanitation Service Delivery in Informal Settlements in Cape Town, South Africa

Daniel Shemie

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA)

Future Smart City Transportation Systems Stefan M. Knupfer

Equinor

How Can Carbon Sinks Be Used to Offset Emissions from Equinor’s Production And Products?

Jason Bordoff

Eurasia Group

US-Sino Technology Competition: Chinese State Capitalism vs US State Capitalism

Markus Jaeger

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Leveraging Digitalization to Stimulate Formalization of Economic Activities

Seamus O'Cleireacain

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Community Development Unit

Measuring the Impact Rate of Return of Community Investments Advanced by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Community Development Unit

Howard W. Buffett

Federal Reserve Bank of New York- Markets Group

The Impact of Low Interest Rates on Emerging Markets

Daniel Waldman

Gemini 

Cryptocurrency and the Unbanked/Underbanked in the World

Annemarie McAvoy

Goldman Sachs- Sovereign & Economic Risk Group

Global Debt Monitoring System

Allan Malz

Government of Colombia and Peru (Minister of Energy and Mining)

Implementing Community Acceptance through a Social License/Agreement

Jenik Radon

Government of Estonia

Estonia, the Land of Skype: How to Address International Governance Issues during COVID-19 Pandemic?

Jenik Radon

Government of Nigeria: Solid Minerals Development Fund 

Can the COVID-19 Crisis Become a Catalyst for Growth in the Nigerian Mining Industry?  Christine Capilouto

Harlem Children's Zone

From Cradle to College- Measuring Success and Programmatic Design to Help Children Succeed Sandra E. Black

IFC ILO Better Work Jordan

Social Dialogue in Jordan and the Role of the Union from a Gender and Migrant Perspective

Dale Buscher

Inter-American Development Bank

MSME Financing in the LAC Region - Trends and Challenges post COVID-19 Fernando Sotelino

International Organization for Migration, International Migration Law Unit (IOM-IML)

Environmental Migrants: Challenges in their Protection and Rights Benedict Fleming

International Peace Institute

Examining the Role of the United Nations in Combatting Racism and Discrimination Adam Day

J.P. Morgan

A Balancing Act - Fiscal Interlinkages between Federal and State Governments Thomas Byrne

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Protection, Human Rights Education and Health Services for Migrants in Mexico and Central America: Mapping Dynamics of Humanitarian Assistance in a Changing Environment Elen Cristina Costigan

Mercy Corps

Sibling-Based GBV Prevention Program in Jordan and Niger to Support Adolescent Girls in Emergencies Suzanne Hollmann

Moody's Investors Service

Assessing Policy Effectiveness and the Credit Implication of Latin American Governments’ Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic Gray Newman

New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI)

Family Well-being in NYC Communities in the context of COVID-19 Eva Weissman

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Town+Gown: NYC

A Roadmap for Equitable Open Space Planning: The Public Impact of Public Space Thomas Quaranta

New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer

A Guide to Fighting Digital Redlining Greta Byrum and Houman Saberi

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Policy Drivers for Sustainable Mobility Solutions Damian Busch

PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC)

US Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Defense Industrial Base Beth Cartier and Neal Pollard

ReNew Power 

How Leading Global Economies Support Higher Penetration of Renewables through a mix of Evolved Markets, and Optimize Renewables and Storage Additions? A. J. Goulding
The Bronx Community Foundation Smart & Equitable City Strategy for the South Bronx Minerva Tantoco

The New York Women's Foundation

Examining the Landscape of Organizations working in areas of Reproductive Justice, Childcare and Youth Leadership in Upstate New York and on Long Island Stacey Cumberbatch

UBS

Why and When do States Target Financial Institutions? Adam Segal

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Adapting Services to Urban Settings in India in Response to COVID Josh Chaffin

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Infrastructure Asset Management for Developing Countries (to achieve the SDGs)- Paragon E-learning/ MOOC Opportunities Isabelle Delalex

United States Department of Defense - J5 Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate

The Pentagon’s Investments: Strategies for New National Security Needs

Nancy Collins

United States Department of Defense, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs 

Disaster Management Coordination: How did COVID-19 Change Disaster Management Plans?

Karen L. Levin and Nathalie Rothschild
United States Department of State, Bureau of International Organization (IO) Affairs China’s Influence in International Organizations Anny Vu

United States Department of State, Global Engagement Center

Elections Interference & Influence Operations: Solving for State-Sponsored Disinformation Activities Against the United States

Robert McKenzie

United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Advancing Sustainable Finance for Women in Developing Countries Hans-Martin Boehmer

United States Military Academy at West Point Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Understanding Urban Conflict Tipping Points Patrick Mahaney

United States National Geospatial Agency

Has COVID’s Hit on China’s Economy Changed its Climate Trajectory? Daniel Rosen

Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Lessons Learned from Cutting-Edge Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Projects of Bus Fleets

Jeanne Fox

World Bank Group, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation

Can Insurance Unlock Credit for Farmers in Developing Countries? Daniel Osgood

World Bank Group, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation

Nature Action 100+: Changing and Greening Investor Behavior to Protect Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Cary Krosinsky and Thomas O. Murtha

Fall 2020 Capstone Workshops

capstone client project title  faculty advisor
Millennium Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy (and additional consortium members) Scalable Production of an Anti-Coronavirus Injectable Vaccine: What Does It Take? Jenik Radon
Nissay Asset Management Corporation The Impact of ESG factors on Stock Performance Alicia Ogawa
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Incentives Mechanisms for Asset Managers and Companies Long-Term Investments Objectives, “Long-Termism”, Aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Isabelle Delalex
United States Department of State Analyzing Risk Communication and Behavioral Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic Anya Schiffrin