CIPA-New Orleans Professional Partnership
The CIPA-New Orleans Professional Partnership is a student initiative that provides Felllows with opportunities to gain hands-on consulting experience in the New Orleans rebuilding process.
In March of 2008, six CIPA Fellows spent their Spring Break in New Orleans rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. They were so moved by the experience, that several of these Fellows chose to extend their commitment to the area. They created the CIPA-New Orleans Professional Partnership, or CIPA-NOLA, as a way of connecting public administration graduate students with nonprofit organizations in the area.
CIPA-NOLA has five components. As a CIPA Fellow, you are welcome to participate in any or all of these:
- Nonprofits in New Orleans often provide services that the local government is unable to offer. CIPA Fellows partner with these nonprofits, engaging in capacity building activities through the spring semester of the Public Service Exchange course. Fellows ultimately produce reports outlining recommendations for these organizations to improve their operations.
- Fellows can participate in the annual Spring Break Trip, traveling to New Orleans to engage in hands-on construction work.
- Cornell faculty and Ithaca community members who are connected to the New Orleans rebuilding process are invited to speak for the New Orleans Discussion Group, a fall series of lunches that connect Fellows with individuals experienced with the rebuilding process.
- Fellows intent on extending their work in the area can complete a summer internship (with the possibility for pro-bono supplementary funding from CIPA).
- Fellows may also choose to complete their professional writing requirement, focusing on a New Orleans-related issue.
If you are interested in participating in CIPA-NOLA or learning more about the programs, please contact us.