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Public Service Exchange

About the Public Service Exchange

The CIPA Public Service Exchange is a unique service-learning partnership with nonprofit and government agencies, the majority of which are located in the Ithaca/Tompkins County area. These agencies provide real world projects for Fellows to work on. In the process, Fellows gain practical work experience while completing their MPA coursework.

Participation in the Public Service Exchange may fulfill the practical experience requirement of the MPA. In addition, Fellows may choose to expand their Exchange project in the spring for use in their capstone MPA professional writing project.

Public Service Exchange Course for CIPA Fellows

CIPA Fellows who wish to participate in the Public Service Exchange must register for HE 6020—Nonprofit & Government Organizations. This preparatory seminar course includes direct field experience, where Fellows address a problem, issue, or opportunity for a client using a consultative approach. Fellows operate much as if they were employees of a traditional public-sector consulting firm.

Organizations Served by the CIPA Public Service Exchange

Previous clients of the Public Service Exchange have included:

  • 1492 Consulting Group
  • Alternatives Federal Credit Union
  • American Red Cross
  • Better Housing for Tompkins County
  • BILD (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
  • Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
  • City of Ithaca Department of Planning and Urban Renewal
  • City of Ithaca Downtown Partnership
  • City Science (New York, NY)
  • Communities Fist Association
  • Community Foundation of Tompkins County
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
  • Cornell Prison Education Program
  • Cornell University International Students and Scholars Office
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Educate the Children, Inc. (Nepal)
  • Egbok Mission (Cambodia)
  • Family & Children's Services (Ithaca, NY)
  • Finger Lakes ReUse
  • Fundacion Quiros Tanzi (Costa Rica)
  • Green Empowerment (Haiti)
  • Health and Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County
  • Heart's Cry (Ithaca, NY & Mattampally, India)
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Ithaca Department of Public Works
  • Ithaca Public Education Initiative
  • Ithaca Youth Bureau
  • M&T Bank
  • Mutual Housing Association of Tompkins County
  • Namaste Montessori School
  • Namgyal Monastery
  • National Zoo of Belize
  • Nature Iraq
  • New Orleans Recovery Project for the 9th Ward
  • New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Pipeline 4 Progress
  • Save the Children (Bolivia)
  • Sciencecenter (Ithaca, NY)
  • Stop the Silence
  • Tompkins County Department of Administration 
  • Tompkins County Office for the Aging
  • United Way of Tompkins County
  • Upstate New York Safety Coalition Task Force
  • Village at Ithaca
  • Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba, NY
  • YMCA
  • Zimbabwe Education Fund
Current Service Offerings

The Exchange has the capacity to address a range of tasks, depending on the match between an organization’s needs and the interest and training of fellows involved in the program.

Our current service offerings include:

  • Best Practice Research
  • Budget Analyses
  • Comparative Analyses
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Policy Analyses
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
Project Submission by Nonprofit and Government Agencies

Organizations who wish to submit a project proposal to the Public Service Exchange may do so online by going to the Information for Organizations page of the Exchange web site.

Questions about the Public Service Exchange

Laurie Miller
Associate Director of CIPA Public Engagement & Capstone Instructor
B30 Caldwell Hall  (*Please send mail to 294 Caldwell Hall)

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