Announcement: Fall 2022 Capstone Workshop Application information 
 

Deadline to Apply is Friday, May 13th Noon (12:00pm ET). If you missed the deadline and is required to take a Capstone workshop in the fall, please email Saleha Awal ([email protected]). 

Who Should Apply:  Fall Capstone Workshops are intended for students graduating at the end of the fall semester who have not fulfilled their Capstone Workshop requirement. Priority will be given to graduating fall students, but each workshop should have capacity for non-graduating MIA/MPA students as well.  

To apply, students must submit an application. When submitting an application, students must:

(1) Submit a PDF resume saved as one’s UNI (not as your name, please use your UNI)

(2) Complete all of the required fields on the online application, including the release form. On the online application, students must rank order their Capstone preferences from 1 - 3 (1 being the first choice) and submit a 250-word “statement of interest” for each Capstone. In addition, students must list their relevant coursework, writing the full name of the course (rather than writing the SIPA course number or an abbreviation of the course). Relevant coursework may include courses taken outside of Columbia University but please indicate where and when the course was completed.

To find out more information about the Capstone projects, you can access the individual project description, link to the client website, and the faculty bio below.

Capstone client project title faculty advisor
Citi Private Bank How Private Investors Can Participate in Europe's Alternatives to Russian Gas Supply James F. Guidera
Dell Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM)  
New York City Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery and National Center for Disaster Preparedness Watch Your STEP: Finding Replacement Funding Sources for a Critical Disaster Relief Program Damian Busch
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Enabling Good Practices to Manage Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable Development Isabelle Delalex
United States Department of State, Bureau Conflict and Stabilization Operations Conflict Prevention & Response Playbooks Marc Jacquand
Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables Electrifying America’s Commercial Fleets Jeanne Fox

For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for students.

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 2022 Capstone Workshops 

Capstone Client Project Title Faculty Advisor

Bank of America

Opportunities for Innovation in the Financial Services Industry Using AI Elizabeth Ann Cartier and Neal Pollard

Barclays Public Finance Department and Town+Gown

Life Cycle Cost Benefit Analysis to Support the Creation of Smart City Infrastructure Authority in New York City 

Thomas Quaranta

BCG Platinion

ESG Investment Strategies and Firm Cost of Capital

Hans-Martin Boehmer

Booz Allen Hamilton

AI and Machine Learning Algorithms: Public Policy Framework 2032

Harry Silver and Ulrike Zeilberger

Center for Popular Democracy

Healthcare is a Human Right: Expanded Analysis of the Barriers to Access with a Race, Gender and Disability Rights Lens

Kristina Eberbach

Citi Community Capital

Improving Risk Management Tools for Financing Affordable Housing Carol O'Cleireacain

Crédit Agricole CIB

 

Investment Opportunities in Hydrogen Infrastructure in Selected Countries James F. Guidera

Democracy Policy Network

Achieving Universal Voting: A Policy Kit for Policymakers

Nicholas Stabile

Equinor

Implementing Equinor’s Biodiversity Position: Operationalizing the Concept of Net Positive Impact in the Empire/Beacon Offshore Wind Projects

Tom Moerenhout

Eurasia Group

Europe’s Quest for Strategic Autonomy: Prospects and Scenarios

Markus Jaeger

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Super-Charging Investment in ​​E-Mobility Infrastructure Amar Pradhan

Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations 

Financing the SDGs Jeffrey Sachs and Aniket Shah

Federal Reserve Bank of New York- Markets Group

Central Bank Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Daniel Waldman

Gemini

Examining the Intersection of Cryptocurrency and Illicit Criminal Activities, and Recommending Effective Deterrent and Prevention Strategies

Annemarie McAvoy

Goldman Sachs

Implementation of ESG Considerations to the Country Risk Management Process

Robert Kopech

Government of Estonia

Estonia, the Land of Skype: How Lessons from an Innovative Digital State Can Advance International Governance

Jenik Radon

Government of Nigeria: Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

Decarbonizing the Nigerian Economy: A Life-or-Death Investment Imperative for the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority

Mahima Achuthan and Christine Capilouto

Governments of Peru: Ministry of Energy and Mines

Peru: Implementing Community Acceptance and Consent of Mining Projects through Social License and Agreement

Jenik Radon

IFC-ILO Better Work Jordan

Environmental Sustainability in the Jordanian Garment Sector

Jessica Prata
Inter-American Development Bank- Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division-CMF Guidelines for Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation in the LAC Region Fernando Sotelino

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

Saving Lives and Protecting the Human Rights of Migrants at Sea

Andrew Painter

International Peace Institute (IPI)

Mapping COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy

Wilmot G. James

JPMorgan

Demystifying the “E” in Sovereign ESG Assessment

Thomas Byrne

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Mapping Humanitarian Assistance along the U.S. Southern Border: Opportunities to Support Migrants and Asylum-Seekers

Elen Costigan

Mercy Corps

Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihood and Health (GIRL-H) Program

Dale Buscher

Moody's Investors Service

The 2022 Perspective: Assessing Policy Effectiveness and the Credit Implication of Latin American Governments’ Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Sara Guerschanik Calvo

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA)

Reparations and Public Policy: Black Youth Unemployment in Chicago

Linda J. Mann

Neighborhood Benches

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: A Roadmap from Re-entry to Credible Messenger, Neighborhood-School Teaching Practicum for Developing Mentors

Judith Pincus

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

The Public Impact of Public Spaces: Inclusive Maintenance Strategies for NYCHA Open Spaces

Thomas Quaranta

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

Workforce Needs in New York City’s IoT Ecosystem

André Corrêa d'Almeida

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Charging Forward: Designing a New Electric Vehicle Purchase Incentive Program for Low- and Moderate-Income New Yorkers

Damian Busch

PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC)

The Implications of Digital and Crypto Currency on Economic Statecraft

Erinmichelle Perri

Renew Power

Green Hydrogen as a Pathway to Decarbonization

A. J. Goulding

SAP

Mapping Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Regulations, and the Implications for Multinationals

Katheryn Rosen

Tech Policy Press

Tackling Online Mis/Disinformation: The Role of AI Startups

Anya Schiffrin

The New York Women’s Foundation

Pathways for Inclusion, Equity and Justice for Women of Color and Gender Expansive People of Color with Disabilities

Stacey Cumberbatch

UBS 

Evaluating Strategic Cyber Threats

Adam Segal

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Nothing About Us Without Us- Adolescent Engagement in Humanitarian Response

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

A Practical Toolkit Embedding Management Practices in the Planning and Budgeting Processes

Isabelle Delalex
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Crisis Management Group

Integrating Women’s Economic Empowerment and GBV Programming in Crisis Countries to Enhance Gender Transformational Impacts 

Dale Buscher
United Nations Secretariat: Office of Supply Chain Management

Collaboration with Data in the Context of the United Nations’ Supply Chain Operations

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

Climate Change and the Implications for Security: Case Study of Oceania 

Karen L. Levin and Nathalie Rothschild
United States Department of Defense, DARPA

Vanguard Technology: Next Generation Ideas for U.S. National Security

Nancy Collins
United States Department of State, Global Engagement Center Great Power Competition with a Focus on Influence Operations Robert McKenzie
United States Department of State, Libya External Office

Oil, Corruption, Militias, and a Democratic Transition

Adam Day
United States Department of State, Office of European Security and Political Affairs 

Russia vs NATO @ Black Sea: Addressing Russian Military and Hybrid Pressure on NATO in the Black Sea Region 

Vaida Vidugiris

 

United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Mobilizing Private Finance to Counter Climate Change Beyond Renewable Energy

Hans-Martin Boehmer
United States Military Academy at West Point Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Urban Informatics for Enhanced Innovation, Connectivity, and Governance

Patrick Mahaney
World Bank Group

Agricultural Value Chain Upgrading in Northern Lao PDR

Glenn Denning
World Bank Group, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation When does Index Insurance Provide Good Coverage?  Daniel Osgood
World Bank Group, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation

Understanding Climate Policy Impacts on Sovereign Debt Markets

Cary Krosinsky and Thomas O. Murtha