The Capstone (CSPS 7320, 3 credit hours) is the culminating field course at the Clinton School, designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their public service expertise. This course employs an independent study format primarily overseen by a Capstone advisor, and is taken during a student’s final year in the program.
Students select their own Capstone projects either from those submitted by community partners or from opportunities they create for themselves. These projects can be completed anywhere in the world but most will be completed in close proximity to Little Rock. Capstone projects begin at various times throughout the year depending on a student’s course load.
Students are expected to devote at least 250 hours to the Capstone project. At the end of the projects, students produce a “deliverable” that exemplifies the knowledge, skills, and values of the Clinton School.
Previous capstone projects include:
826 Valencia, San Francisco, Calif.
Evaluated an inner-city creative and expository writing program.
Amani Children’s Home, Moshi, Tanzania
Developed a long-term marketing strategy focusing on fundraising, marketing, networking and partnerships.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Ark.
Created a moderator guide to conduct focus groups and interviews to better understand minority child health disparities in Arkansas for the third edition of the Natural Wonders report.
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV), Little Rock, Ark.
Wrote a Best Practice Manual to improve the effectiveness of service delivery by shelters and other service providers for victims of domestic violence.
Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of County Operations, Office of Program Planning and Development, Little Rock, Ark.
Developed recommendations and strategies to bring more Arkansas seniors, age 65 and above, to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Arkansas Governor’s Office, Little Rock, Ark.
Organized a Green Cabinet meeting of all state agencies and services to facilitate efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission created by state government entities.
ENDA (Environment and Development in Action), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Evaluated disaster management policy.
Green Valley Development, Fayetteville, Ark.
Helped create structure for the organization founded in 2009 by creating a strategic plan, marketing materials and a Board of Directors’ orientation packet.
Kansas Volunteer Commission, Kansas City, Mo.
Designed a standards evaluation plan to audit the operations of the commission.
Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock, Ark.
Wrote curriculum, created a sustainability plan, developed a step-by-step manual and implemented a Youth Leadership Pilot Program to promote volunteerism, nonviolence, youth empowerment and stewardship for the National Park Service.
Media and Democracy Coalition, Washington, D.C.
Evaluated broadband policy as it affects media reform organizations around the country.
The Arkansas World Trade Center, Rogers, Ark.
Evaluated trade policies and economic opportunities related to African trade and development.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Little Rock, Ark.
Expanded an African American Male Initiative at UALR to improve the retention and graduation rates of African American males.
William J. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Climate Initiative’s Arkansas Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL AR) Program, Little Rock, Ark.
Completed sections of a pilot program template that is being developed for scaling up and expanding HEAL AR that will bring energy affordability to low-income Arkansans by offering an energy benefit through their employer.