The Policy Case Competition encourages students to think critically, analytically, and creatively to present policy solutions to real issues.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all over the U.S. will have the opportunity to research, design, and present their team's policy proposals on current issues. A panel of judges comprised of experts and professionals in their respective fields will judge in real time and give feedback. The Policy Case Competition is a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in policymaking outside the classroom, with two workshops to help competitors refine their skills in policy memo writing, presenting, and team dynamics taught by NYU professionals in their field. 

Our previous judge panels have included professionals representing the following institutions: 

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Rethink

Why isn't the status quo working? What needs to be changed? Competitors will have to look at current policies from new perspectives in order to find creative solutions to domestic and international issues.

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Challenge

We encourage competitors to ask the hard-hitting questions and analyze current policies to pinpoint what they need to address. Competitors will have to think on their feet and use analytical reasoning to defend their solutions on the spot and as a team.

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Impact

The finalist teams have the opportunity to present their ideas to experts and leaders from various institutions. The winning team will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to go to D.C. to meet with Washington insiders and discuss their ideas.