Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp (Stanford)

PROGRAM DATES: AUGUST 19-25, 2018

The Hoover Institutions Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.

Using a highly interactive, tutorial-style model designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields.  Each half-day will be dedicated to one topic, chosen because of its immediate relevance to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions, study groups, and team projects that encourage diverse perspectives. Enrollment is limited, in order to facilitate maximum interaction with the faculty and other participants.

TIME COMMITMENT

HISPBC requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the one-week program, including active collaboration with study groups outside of class.

ACADEMIC CREDIT

Stanford University does not offer participants academic credit or grades for completing HISPBC.

COST/ TUITION

The boot camp is FREE to all accepted applicants. Program fees, food and lodging will be covered for participants accepted into the program. Travel expenses and other incidentals are not included.*

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Successful participants receive a certificate of completion endorsed by Hoover Institution’s director and HISPBC’s faculty director. To successfully complete the program, participants must:

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete their assignments and projects
  • Collaborate with their fellow participants in team projects and community-building exercises

If accepted, the UCSD Department of Economics has funds to aid students with their travel expenses. 

 

For any questions related to the program, please email hispbcadmin@stanford.edu.

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Hertog Fellowship for students and recent grads

Good morning! I hope the new academic year is off to a good start.

Once again, the Hertog Foundation is offering a range of programs for 2018. We have four offerings next year:

  • Weekend Seminars – Intensive three-day seminars on public policy topics offered in Winter and Spring 2018.
  • Political Studies Program – Our flagship seven-week fellowship will run from June 17 to August 4, 2018. The best candidates for this program are college upperclassmen and recent grads, although we have accepted exceptional freshmen and sophomores in the past.
  • War Studies Program – A two-week summer fellowship offered by Kim and Fred Kagan at the Institute for the Study of War. This program is also best-suited to juniors, seniors, and recent grads.
  • Summer Courses – This series of one- to two-week seminars allows students to create their own individualized course of study. Younger students are encouraged to apply for these seminars, as are upperclassmen who have other obligations during the summer.

As always, all programs come with housing and funds to offset living and travel costs. Applicants who apply by our early decision deadline, January 15, 2018, can be accepted by Friday, March 2, 2018. More information can be found at HertogFoundation.org.

I would be much obliged if you would circulate the information to students and faculty in your department and on your campus.Nominations can be submitted via our website.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about our offerings. I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Sydney Fuqua

Program Manager

Hertog Foundation

(202) 853-9444

sydney@hertogfoundation.org

www.HertogFoundation.org

Opportunities at the Hertog Foundation – 

Visit hertogfoundation.org to learn more and apply.

Weekend Seminars

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2017 or 2018)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: Friday-Sunday seminars, Winter/Spring 2018
  • Stipend: Covers housing, meals, and travel

Intensive weekend programs that allow students to dive into pressing policy issues with leading experts and thinkers. Topics include understanding populism and constitutional law.

Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Political Studies Program

 

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2017 or 2018)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 7-week program, June 17-August 4, 2018
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

Hertog Fellows study classic texts in political thought and some of the seminal documents of American politics with an outstanding faculty. In addition, students study selected public policy issues with some of those who helped formulate and implement those policies.

War Studies Program

  • Eligibility: College juniors, seniors and very recent graduates (2017)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 2-week program, July 20-August 4, 2018
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

The War Studies Program, run by the Institute for the Study of War, aims to educate undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces. Over the course of the program, students will learn from and interact with distinguished senior leaders in the national security and military communities, including retired generals and leading intellectuals.

Summer Courses

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2017 or 2018)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: One- to two-week seminars throughout the period of June 24-August 4, 2018
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

This series of one- to two-week seminars allows students to create their own individualized course of study. Younger students are encouraged to apply for these seminars, as are upperclassmen who have other obligations during the summer. Offerings include topics such as American democratic capitalism, US-Russia policy, grand strategy, and modern conservative thought.
The application deadline for Summer 2018 is Monday, February 12, 2018.

Early decision deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018.

Full-Time Research Assistant Positions Available with Professors from Stanford, Brown, and Harvard Universities

EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY PROJECT
PRE-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
Full-Time Research Assistant Positions
Professors Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, and Nathaniel Hendren
Stanford, Brown, and Harvard Universities

We are looking to hire several full-time pre-doctoral fellows for the academic year 2018-19 to work with our research group on the Equality of Opportunity Project. The mission of the project is to develop scalable policy solutions that will empower families throughout the United States to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes. We pursue this mission primarily by conducting rigorous, scientific research that harnesses the power of “big data” using an interdisciplinary approach. Much of the team’s ongoing research uses quasi-experimental methods to identify causal effects and test the predictions of economic and sociological models. Current projects study the long-term impacts of neighborhoods, the role of colleges as a pathway to upward mobility, the determinants of innovation and entrepreneurship, and how social networks may affect poverty. Results from these projects have appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and have been widely cited in policy discussions, including the President’s State of the Union address.

The positions will be based at Cambridge MA, Providence RI, Stanford, CA, and Washington D.C. under the direction of Professors Chetty, Friedman, and Hendren. The fellowship will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as analyzing data, developing statistical models, creating presentations, and editing research papers. In addition to working with faculty as research assistants, the pre-doctoral fellows frequently co-author papers with other students or faculty members. Fellows will interact regularly with professors and their collaborators – such as David Deming, Matthew Jackson, and Emmanuel Saez – in a team-oriented lab environment, with weekly lab meetings and other events. The program serves as an ideal bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. Most previous fellows have gone on to top Ph.D. programs. Salary will be competitive.

Applicants should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelors or Master’s degree and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with programming experience in Stata, SAS, R, Python, and Julia. Candidates need not be Economics majors, though they should have a strong interest in and some experience with Economics. Candidates would ideally begin on June 1, 2018 and work for us for two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another social science.

To apply, please: 1) Submit a formal application through Stanford (Job Number: 76029)
2) Upload your resume, cover letter (optional), resume, transcripts, and a writing sample through our group’s online form.

We will review applications, conduct interviews, and make offers in two rounds: one in mid-fall and one in late-winter. Applications received by October 31, 2017, will be eligible for the first round. First-round decisions will be announced around November 15, 2017. All applications received before February 28, 2018 will be considered for the second round, and those decisions will be made around March 15, 2018.

Questions can be directed to Alex Jenni and Martin Koenen at chettylab@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you sponsor visas for international candidates?
Yes, we sponsor J-1 and H-1B visas.
2. What kind of writing sample should I submit?
The writing sample should ideally be an economics research paper, but you may submit whatever you feel best demonstrates your analytic and writing abilities. It can be any length.
3. Can I get feedback on my application?
Given the number of applications we receive, we are sorry that we cannot provide individual feedback.
4. What are you looking for in an applicant?
Successful applicants have strong transcripts including advanced courses in economics, math, or computer science. We look for demonstrated interest in and experience with economics research, through the writing sample and resume. Students with strong backgrounds in programming and computer science are particularly encouraged to apply.
5. Are there any summer research assistant opportunities?
Our group only hires full-year pre-doctoral fellows. We encourage students to apply in the final year of their undergraduate or master’s program.

The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons Fellowship
The Horizons Fellowship supports 150 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Our tuition-free programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications.

Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on www.joinhorizons.com
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Research Fellowship Opportunity at UC San Diego Extension

Center for Research on the Regional Economy

Fellowship Description

Located on the San Diego Campus of the University of California’s Extension Division, the Center for Research on the Regional Economy (CRRE) focuses on conducting research and evaluation projects for government, foundations, and the non-profit sector.  We have been actively engaged and worked closely with a number of sectors from Education and Human Services to Workforce Development and Youth.  Previous and current projects include a study on the craft beer and food industry in San Diego, data collection for a community Collective Impact through the Jacobs Center in Southeast San Diego, a needs assessment for wounded warriors, and an analysis of the fastest growing industry clusters in San Diego and around the country.

The research fellow(s) will have the opportunity to learn valuable research skills across multiple industries as well as apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings. The fellow(s) will be responsible for the following: contributing to study design; conducting semi-structured interviews/discussions with experts and key informants; participating in the design and conduct of surveys; reviewing and abstracting published literature and other written materials; reviewing and abstracting relevant data from case files and databases; cleaning and troubleshooting resulting data; coding data elements; analyzing data; writing sections of reports; and creating summary charts and tables for inclusion in reports.

This is an unpaid position for school credit or experience.

If interested please submit cover letter and resume to Gina Carton at gycarton@ucsd.edu.

Apply for the Horizons Fellowship!

The Horizons Fellowship
The Horizons School of Technology supports 55 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Our tuition-free programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications.

Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more

Our Horizons Speaker Series brings in successful founders, investors, and technologists into the classroom. Students will hear from some of the industry’s foremost experts. We have had some amazing speakers like the founders of Zenefits, Coinbase, Digital Ocean, Andela, X.ai, Shapeways, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on www.joinhorizons.com
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.