New Public Policy Handbook

The inaugural Public Policy Handbook 2010-2011, created by the same publishers as the Government Honors and Internship Handbook (the University of Arizona), is now live on the internet.  For the user name and password, consult the PDO folder on the shared drive or see PDO.  Note:  the website is password protected because law schools must pay a fee for access, so take advantage of this service that PDO has subscribed to for you.  The full article contains information on how to use the handbook.


Excerpt from the email sent by the administrator of the website with instructions:

“At “press time,” many employers had not finalized deadlines and other aspects of their programs.  In these circumstances, you will find an explanatory Note at the top of the entry, followed by as much information as we have been able to confirm.  We send email updates throughout the year, in a format designed to be forwarded directly to your students, should you wish to do so.  The website and pdf versions are also updated, usually by the end of the same business day.

Despite our best efforts, errors occasionally do occur, and we appreciate our subscribers helping us keep the Handbook as accurate and up-to-date as possible.  Once we confirm program details and deadlines, we consider an entry “finished.”  However, employers do occasionally make changes, and often our subscribers find out before we do.  If you notice inaccuracies, typos, or changes that should be made, please contact Paula Nailon (…we are grateful for your input.

What is “public policy”?

Shaping public policy is a broad and multifaceted process, that runs in cycles.

1.      Agenda Setting:  During the initial stages, a wide range of individuals, organizations, and governmental entities, take action to advance their aims, educate supporters and opponents about their issue, and build support for their policy agendas.  Actors during this stage include the Executive Branch, Federal agencies, lobbyists, private sector, nonprofit organizations and special interest groups.

2.      Policy Formulation:  The Legislature gets involved in the next stage, where policy is formulated.

3.      Implementation:  Federal agencies, bureaucratic entities, nongovernmental organizations, state and local government may all be involved in one or more activities directed towards implementing policy and legislation.

4.      Evaluation:  Analysis and evaluation takes place throughout the cycle and can involve all of the players.  Policies may be modified/changed, based on problems identified during the evaluation – and the cycle begins again.


  • Table 1 – Deadlines by Agency Name:  In alphabetical order, by agency name, Table 1 features a list of programs; columns indicating who is eligible to apply; whether the program is paid, provides a stipend and/or other financial assistance; and deadlines. 
  • Table 2 – Subject Index:  This table directs students to specific programs, based on the subject matter or issue.  An organization and/or program may appear under multiple categories.


  • Law Students and/or Graduate Students are eligible for almost all programs featured in the Handbook.  There are several instances where only Law Students are eligible, we have made a notation in the appropriate column of Table 1.
  • Many programs also accept applications from Undergraduates and Recent Graduates.  In those cases, employers typically assign more complex projects to those with more education and/or experience.
  • Positions offering post-graduate fellowships are indicated in a separate column of Table 1.  You will note that these positions are in a minority.  While we hope to increase the number of fellowship positions included in the Handbook, most graduates find full-time work in public policy through entry-level job postings rather than fellowships.


·  Rolling Deadlines:  In lieu of a specific deadline, many organizations prefer “rolling” deadlines.  This means they review applications and fill spots as they are received.  We recommend that students submit their applications early.