Policy Partners and Associations


Policy Opportunities Available to MPP Students 

The University of Utah, a Tier 1 Research Institution, is conducting innovated policy research in many fields across campus. U of U MPP students are encouraged to connect with the great resources we have on campus.


The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research. The Policy Institute frequently hires MPP students as interns and graduate assistants. They also pair with capstone students on research projects. Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute


The UIR is a volunteer organization composed of representatives from the legislature, State department heads, cities and counties, special districts, and school board officials, who are interested in public policy issues that cut across different levels of government The UIR group meets regularly to discuss current issues in Utah. MPP students are invited to attend. Utah Intergovernmental Roundtable


The Policy Lab at the Sorenson Impact Center works across sectors to develop innovative and data-driven approaches to difficult social and public health challenges. Policy Innovation Lab


Students will work as full members of a legal team to move public policy via public education, legislation, and litigation. Public Policy Clinic at the S.J. Quinney College of Law



The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is an independent, non-partisan University of Utah research center in the College of Education that bridges research, policy, and practice for Utah public schools and higher education. The UEPC seeks to inform and influence educational policy in Utah and the region to increase educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults in Utah. Utah Education Policy Center


Professional Associations

MPPASA is a student group that organizes and creates academic, professional and networking opportunities for all MPA and MPP students. If you are an MPA or MPP student...you are a member of MPPASA. There is no fee to join, and you may participate at any level you choose. Master of Public Policy and Administration Student Association


The Center for Public Policy and Administration provides administrative services to the Utah Chapter of ASPA.  The Center also publishes the ASPA BUZZ, the Chapter's newsletter. The BUZZ provides a summary of the monthly luncheons, information on upcoming events, and other important information for Utah 's public administrators and other interested individuals. American Society for Public Administration


This is the honors society for the MPP and MPA. Check out what it takes to join! Phi Alpha Alpha Honors Society



IWPR works on research dealing with economic and social policy issues that affect women and families. Their network conducts research and promotes women-oriented policies. Institute for Women's Policy Research



APPAM is a nonprofit dedicated to improving public policy management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management



ICMA is the organization for municipal administrators at the local, regional, and state levels. Discounted student memberships are available. International City/County Management Association