Spring/Summer 2022 Semester Practicum

This practicum opportunity for this project involves using formative literature and policy review to collect local, state, and federal policy information from a variety of policy dissemination forums, translation of research findings and development of policy briefs and other forms of communication. The student will analyze policy related research and translate the research into policy briefs that provide in-depth information about the processes, facilitators, and challenges of adopting, implementing, and/or enforcing public health and social welfare policies. The following activities will need to be completed in coordination with the Clark-Fox Policy Institute Leadership team:

  • Collaborate with institute’s analysts and Brown School faculty to produce policy briefs
  • Obtain and review relevant state, county, or local public health and social welfare policies
  • Develop newsletter articles, legislative testimony, opinion pieces, letters to editor,andpress releases
  • Coordinate communications with Brown School’s External Affairs Team
  • Help maintain the institute’s website and email lists
  • Organize lectures and meetings
  • Other tasks as needed and depending on intern’s interests

Practicum Learning Objectives

  • To attain experience in collecting policy information regarding a specific public health or social work topic;
  • To strengthen data analysis skills and the ability to translate research findings in a way that is accessible, succinct and can be used to inform policymaking; and
  • To develop an understanding of national, state, and local public health and social welfare policy options and their wide-ranging impacts

Where are they now?

Robert Sagastume works as Senior Family College Prep Program Advisor for Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund

Linde Parcels works today at the CDC in the Center for Preparedness and Response as a Policy Advisor

Practicum Deliverables

  • Published policy briefs and other informational materials
  • Organize a panel discussion
  • Published information in Policy Institute News Letter


  • Experience collecting information and synthesizing findings for a variety of audiences (e.g., policymakers, academics, and community members)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in public health and social work policy at the national, state, and community levels

Interested students should contact Saffiyah Poole at saffiyahpoole@wustl.edu.