As a CIPA student, you have the opportunity to develop practical skills by organizing, managing, and participating in a several student-led initiatives. While not required, they provide you with a chance to share experiences and perspectives with your peers, and to meet practitioners and distinguished faculty members from the field of public affairs.

The Cornell Policy Review: The Cornell Policy Review is CIPA’s official policy journal. Once a print publication, it is now an online journal run by CIPA students who serve as both editors and contributors.  The editorial board solicits original academic articles relevant to contemporary policy discussions, in addition to publishing case studies, editorials, interviews, and podcasts. Working on The Cornell Policy Review offers you a valuable foundation in research and writing, as well as first-hand experience with the rigors of scholarship at the professional level.

At the end of fall semester, CIPA leadership solicits applications from first-year CIPA students to serve as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Review. Applicants must be in good academic standing, and must be an active member of the Review. Applicants must also be willing to commit themselves to remaining in residence at Cornell during the three academic semesters that comprise the remainder of their tenure at Cornell. Students planning to participate in a semester of off-campus study, for example, are not eligible.

Fellows who are appointed serve as Editor-Elect during their first-year spring academic term and as Editor-in-Chief for the remaining two semesters following their appointment. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for building their own editorial board. There is a stipend associated with this position.

Colloquium Committee: As representatives of their fellow students, committee members work with a staff organizer on managing the Colloquium, CIPA’s official speaker series. Members provide input for potential speaker topics, actively recruit speakers, assist with managing logistics for events, offer introductions at events, and serve as ambassadors of the CIPA Colloquium at large.

CIPA leadership solicits applicants for committee positions at the beginning of each academic year, and at the beginning of spring semester if/when any positions open up. These are volunteer positions which offer you the opportunity to work closely with policy leaders, and to develop and practice your organizational and management skills. This is an experience that you can add to your résumé.