About the Capstone Program

 

Do you have a current or upcoming project within your organization that would benefit from the critical thinking and analytical skills of next year’s NYU Wagner graduates? Does your project fall within one of these areas?

  • Public Finance and Financial Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment
  • Urban Planning
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Health Services Financial Management
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • International Policy and Management

As a Capstone client, you will be matched with a Wagner Capstone team comprising three to five students who are specializing in one of these areas. Over the course of an academic year, the team will address the challenge(s) that your organization is facing.

A good Capstone project scope is concise, manageable, and clear in its goals and objectives. The issue is relevant, timely, and important to your organization. In developing a project that is reasonable and realistic, you should strive to have an understanding of the students’ time and resources and their role as project consultants.

Teams organize and frame their projects into a thorough work plan that results in a carefully considered final product. Every team produces a written report and conducts a final presentation of their findings and recommendations.

Since 1995, Capstone students have completed 1,200 projects for more than 800 organizations, among them City Harvest, Mount Sinai Health System, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the World Bank.

"I think your work is fantastic and very well structured. The students were very professional and the outcome is great."
-Mona Niemeyer, Transparency International

For further information, see our Capstone FAQs

New Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment (SI3) Capstone Section

Beginning in 2017-2018, SI3 students are using their training in social innovation and impact investing to complete a host of projects including:

  • Innovating financial structures to drive social impact

  • Developing corporate social innovation strategies

  • Assessing success factors for social enterprise accelerators

Current and anticipated clients in the SI3 section include social enterprises, corporations
focused on innovation, impact investors and advisors, government agencies, and foundations.

INTRODUCING NEW ADVOCACY & POLITICAL ACTION CAPSTONE SECTION

Beginning in 2018-2019, Advocacy and Political Action students will take on a wide array of projects in the social justice and policy realm, such as:

  • Developing benchmarks for a social justice campaign
  • Creating a stakeholder analysis for a political campaign
  • Evaluating a human rights project
  • Providing research for a civil rights organization
  • Assessing the effectiveness of direct service for underserved populations