Policy-focused Practicums

During the fall of their senior year, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars are placed with organizations in the Dallas area to carry out policy-based work. The projects students work on range from evaluating the effectiveness of a policy and providing policy recommendations to conducting exploratory research on a new initiative and generating a feasibility report from a policy standpoint. This unpaid experience is a requirement of the Public Policy & International Affairs minor and students receive course-credit for their work. 

Organizations that students have been placed with include:

  • American Legislative Exchange Council
  • AT&T
  • City of Dallas
  • Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Department of Family & Protective Services
  • George W. Bush Institute
  • Highland Capital Management
  • Hunt Mexico
  • Lone Star Policy Institute
  • Lyda Hill Foundation
  • Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute 
  • Pointe Bello
  • Texas Central Partners
  • Unlocking DOORS

Learn more about opportunities with the Tower Scholars Program:

Olisa Dellas | Manager of Student & Faculty Engagement | odellas@smu.edu | 214-768-4546