For more than a decade, a consortium of Communication doctoral programs has sponsored a select group of Ph.D. students to spend a summer in Washington, D.C. These COMPASS Summer Fellows have a front row seat to learn about U.S. federal policymaking as they make their own contributions to the policy process through their research and writing.

The COMPASS Program has placed its Summer Fellows in congressional offices, the State Department, the Federal Communications Commission, and a variety of research and advocacy organizations such as Common Cause, Free Press, and the New America Foundation.

The program aims to provide a substantial experience that enhances the students’ doctoral work and makes significant contributions to the host institutions’ policy engagement. COMPASS bridges the research interests of future scholars with active policy agendas.

Watch COMPASS in action here.