“The cure for what ails our democracy…is more democracy.” - Henry louis Mencken
Training the Next Generation of Innovators, Activists, and Policy Makers
“In a world in which “civic engagement” is often reduced to partisan posturing and gridlock, extremist and non-compromising rhetoric, and in which civics education has largely gone the way of the Model T, new tools must be designed to teach leaders and citizens alike the mechanisms that make a representative democracy work. Real civic engagement must not be merely in the purview of government and organized advocacy groups alone. It must also include a new generation of leaders from business, labor, academia, community organizations and the media. This new generation must learn the practical skills needed to access and influence the intersection between policy and politics, business and government, civic engagement versus antipathy. ” — CAP FOUNDERS
By providing paid, graduate level internships, corporate boot camps and career mentoring, the Civic Action Project (“CAP”) proposes that next generation leaders must learn effective strategies to advance a civic agenda, including the complicated, intertwined roles of grassroots activists, grass-top lobbyists, the media, government, nonprofits, corporate/labor and academic leaders.
What we Provide
Paid, “real-world” internships for graduate students, known as CAP Fellows
Weekly roundtable discussions and luncheon presentations with prominent public policy practitioners focused on skill-building, professionalism, and networking.
Integrated practical learning
A diverse network of like-minded change-agents and collaborators motivated to shape the future through effective civic action and leadership.