Resources for Faculty & Students

As the public policy research arm for the State University of New York, one of the Rockefeller Institute’s objectives is to support faculty and students across the system in meeting their educational and research goals. We offer a range of professional development opportunities for students; our blogs, podcasts, data tools, and reports can be integrated into curriculum; and we offer forums for researchers to connect with collaborators and promote their work to a broad policy audience.

We encourage you to explore these resources and reach out to [email protected] if are interested in learning more or pursuing the opportunities below. Consider signing up for our newsletter and following us on Twitter to stay in touch.

Student Professional Development

New York State Science Policy Fellowship

The New York State Science Policy Fellowship transitions PhDs in science, technology, and engineering into high-level public sector roles in New York State’s executive and legislative branches.

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Center for Law and Policy Solutions (CLPS) Research Internship

The CLPS Research Internship Program introduces students to the politics of law and policymaking and helps them understand the effect government can have on people’s lives.

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Research Assistantships

Students at SUNY institutions pursuing a degree in policy-related fields are invited to apply to work with Institute researchers.

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Future Leaders in Policy Competition

An annual competition where SUNY undergraduate and graduate students are invited to pitch policy solutions to New York State policymakers.

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Curriculum Resources

Data Resources

The Rockefeller Institute develops interactive visualizations and publishes data relevant to current events, such as economic development, fiscal analysis, gun violence, health, and census and redistricting.

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Policy Outsider Podcast

Our Policy Outsider podcast invites researchers and policymakers to discuss timely issues. We have released dozens of episodes on a range of topics, including Afghan refugee resettlement, the Child Tax Credit, “ghost guns,” and the opioid epidemic.


Blogs, Policy Briefs, and Reports

The Institute offers multiple reports in the areas of economic development, education, federalism, fiscal analysis, government reform, health, and state and local government.

Guest Speakers

Our experts may be available to discuss their research with your students. If you are interested in inviting an Institute researcher to participate in your class, please reach out to us!

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Faculty Research Opportunities

The Rockefeller Institute is excited to collaborate with faculty experts doing research with policy implications. Our goal is to help researchers connect with policymakers to enable the creation of evidence-based policy. The Institute will work with SUNY experts to develop publications for the policy community and general public. The Institute has worked with faculty to produce blogs, reports, webinars, data visualizations, and podcasts, and we are looking to expand those relationships.

Conferences and Consortiums

The Rockefeller Institute hosts meetings that bring researchers and policymakers together. Researchers present recent findings from their work that can inform policy discussions. Policymakers outline their priorities and the questions they need answered that can help researchers identify topics for study. Areas of particular interest include drug policy, gun violence, climate change and sustainability, and immigration.

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Local Government Lab

The Local Government Lab is an annual one-day gathering of local government researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The event is a showcase of completed and in-progress work—both research and applied—involving one or more local governments, school districts, or other special-purpose governments.

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Nathan Fellowship

The fellowship seeks to connect cutting-edge policy expertise to public problems and the policy community that tries to address these problems. Fellows will work closely with the Rockefeller Institute’s expert researchers on a variety of projects, including in the areas of healthcare, local government, fiscal policy, education, law, and social policy.

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