The final Capstone project culminates a Clinton School student’s studies with an in-depth, on-site project focused on understanding and transforming complex systems.

The Capstone project challenges students to put their learned skills into action and complete an in-depth public service project to benefit local and state government, nonprofit organizations, or a private business. Many students combine their Capstone with an employment opportunity, and others see their projects lead directly to full-time positions.

The Capstone employs an independent study format overseen by a Clinton School faculty advisor. Through their Capstone, students will:

  • Apply the knowledge, skills, and values from the MPS program in a sophisticated way to a real-world problem or challenge
  • Understand, engage, and seek to transform systems across sectors
  • Produce a deliverable that meets an identified community need and exemplifies, in its product, the knowledge, skills, and values of the Clinton School curriculum

Students have three semesters to complete their Capstone once they enroll in the course.

For additional information on Practicum or one of the other two field work experiences, please contact Dr. Nichola Driver, Executive Director for the Office of Field Service, at

Dr. Jay Barth

Dr. Jay Barth

Director | William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

“Wendy Cook was of incredible assistance in guiding our strategic planning process to enhance our work with higher education students and faculty. She worked with a team of faculty from around the country, planning our meetings to be incredibly productive. Wendy then produced a great game plan for our work that we look forward to implementing in the year ahead to become a model of how presidential libraries can be proactive partners with higher education institutions.”

Benito Lubazibwa

Benito Lubazibwa

Founder | ReMix Ideas

“Madeline Burke’s Capstone work with ReMix Ideas was extremely important. Madeline’s project focused on developing a racial equity index for Little Rock, which serves as a tool to show which areas of the city have higher and lower opportunities for Black-owned businesses, and will ultimately make the city’s procurement process more equitable. Her work will create real and lasting impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Little Rock, and will improve economic mobility for underestimated entrepreneurs.”