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Policy Camp


Following guidance from the University System of Maryland regarding events, we will be postponing Public Policy Camp until later in 2020.

Exploring a Career in Public Policy


The 2020 School of Public Policy at UMBC Public Policy Camp is designed for promising undergraduate (sophomore – senior) students who want to make a difference in their communities.

We invite you to be our guests for a half-day event.  Morning snacks and lunch will be provided.

Having diverse perspectives at the policy table leads to better, more effective and inclusive, public policy.

Policy Camp participants will:

  • engage with students from across the Baltimore region, UMBC Public Policy faculty and our alumni on public and social issues,
  • meet leaders who live and work in the policy field,
  • explore the career possibilities gained by having a public policy and administration skill set,
  • leave excited about public policy as an academic, personal and professional pathway.

Who Should Attend? 

If you share a commitment to making the world and your community a better place… If you want your voice heard through the chaos that surrounds current public policy debates… If you are politically active yet frustrated in your attempts to transform your ideals into real policy solutions… If you want to learn how to engage in the public policy process and about how public policies shape the daily lives of people and communities, and/or if you are a leader in your student and school community wondering how you can transform that leadership into a career helping others … then Policy Camp is for you!

We invite you to share your passion for such policy areas as:

 Law & Policy / Social Justice               Community Development               Anti-Poverty Policy
 Education Policy  Energy Policy     Health Policy

 Immigration / DACA

   Security / Terrorism    Sustainability
 Foreign Policy    Housing / Urban Policy     Technology Policy / Privacy
 Food Insecurity    Fiscal Policy     International Development Policy
 Labor / Workforce Development Policy    Climate Change    Non-Profit Management & Policy


Parking is free and UMBC is accessible by public transportation including light rail, Baltimore bus, and MARC.

This initiative is aimed at introducing the field of public policy to students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, and foster a pipeline of diverse students into the field of public policy.

We know that only by having all voices at the table can we be successful in our efforts of improving critical public policies for all.