Institute seeking SPEA grad students

December 03, 2014

As the IU Public Policy Institute begins its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, we are looking for three SPEA graduate students to work 15-20 hours a week starting in January 2015 through the calendar year.

Here are some additional details about this opportunity.

Our Thriving Communities, Thriving State project will facilitate a conversation between citizens, stakeholders, thought leaders, and elected officials about the challenges and opportunities in creating a vibrant future for Indiana. This effort will be led by project co-chairs Randy Shepard, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and former Lt. Governor Kathy Davis.

Through the project, three commissions will be formed to make recommendations to state and local government about which current policies help or hinder communities, where there are policy gaps, and what policy changes are needed to support communities.

The commissions will be place-based, focusing on issues affecting (1) urban/1st and 2nd class cities (above 50,000 population) (2) suburban/medium sized (between 15,000 – 50,000 population), or (3) rural/small (below 15,000 population or rural) communities. The commissions will include leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors from diverse areas of Indiana.

We are looking for three SPEA graduate students, one to work with each of the commissions, in a paid position ($15 an hour) for approximately 15-20 hours a week starting in January 2015 through the calendar year. The student will be responsible for research in each of the areas as well as assisting in administrative tasks. If you are interested, please send your resume and a writing sample to Laura Littlepage at