This could be your Capstone project one day

SIPA's signature Capstone Workshops give students the opportunity to apply the practical skills and analytical knowledge learned at SIPA to a real-world issue for client organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. While students won't complete their MIA/MPA Capstone Workshop until their final semester at SIPA, there are ways to preview what the assignments are like. Here are two Capstone Workshops highlighting some of the compelling work that our Seeples do.

7 Student groups you may not know about

You've done your research about the application requirements and you've studied up on the GRE/GMAT, but did you know there's more to SIPA than just "getting in"? Once you're here you'll have access to an astonishing amount of resources, from periodicals and professors to courses and classmates. A surprising extension of SIPA's resources actually lies within its groups. These student-run organizations offer our Seeples the freedom to explore Columbia's and New York City's resources in a relaxed setting. Some groups invite visiting dignitaries to campus for informal discussions, while others coordinate research-focused Spring Break trips abroad. (In all, SIPA has more than 40 student groups you can join.) No matter your interests, there are ways to get involved at SIPA without getting lost in a sea of textbooks and policy memos.

Fall 2017 New Student Series: Jungwoo Lee

In our final installment of this season's New Students Series, we’re welcoming Jungwoo Lee, from Seoul, Republic of Korea. Jungwoo has an MBA degree from KAIST and spent the last decade as a consultant for a securities company. Jungwoo, very self-aware of his career trajectory, became dissatisfied with private sector work and how his character was changing for the worse. So he left it all behind and trekked across four continents over two years to find his calling in life---which led him to a desire to help those less fortunate.

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Lan Hoang

In today’s installment of our New Students Series, we’re welcoming Lan Hoang, from Hanoi, Vietnam. Lan's interest in international affairs began with a senior thesis project about Vietnamese refugees while studying at the University of Hong Kong. After graduation she spent some time with the United Nations in Bangkok, where she worked on migration-policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Lan's background pairs nicely with her chosen concentration, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy. Attending SIPA has been a lifelong ambition, as she grew up flipping through the pages of Columbia University publications. How'd she get access? Well, Lan's father is actually a 1995 SIPA graduate. Despite her preparedness for the program, she said she was surprised to read her acceptance letter and jumped for joy upon reading the good news. Lan, we're happy to have you here, too!

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Poorvi Goel

In today's installment of our New Students Series, we're welcoming Poorvi Goel from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Poorvi studied economics at St. Stephen's College in Delhi. She also earned a degree from the London School of Economics and she's been working as an economist at the Planning Commission of India and the UNDP. She's nervous about readjusting to life as a student, but looks forward to getting her "hands dirty" in the development process instead of just being an onlooker. Welcome Poorvi!

Fall 2017 New Students Series: Dian Dong

In today's installment of our New Students Series, we're welcoming Dian Dong from Hangzhou in Zhejiang, China. Dian studied sociology at the University of Maryland in the United States, and is currently working on education and student privacy issues. While working on US-China relations, she found her calling in international affairs and technology and hopes to strengthen those skillsets while at SIPA. Dian describes reading her SIPA admission letter as "one of the happiest moments in my life," and she plans to make every second at SIPA count.