Urban Revitalization Project: Gary, Indiana

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This practicum is part of an ongoing and broader collaboration between the Chicago Harris and the City of Gary, Indiana, to assist Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and her administration with efforts to revitalize Gary, while offering students “real world” opportunities to develop and implement solutions for significant urban policy challenges.  The collaboration was officially launched in Fall 2012 and is led by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harris School.  Students in the practicum will conduct research, analyze data, compile information, and develop and present proposed strategies and policy recommendations to officials from the City of Gary on a specific set of urban policy challenges. A  detailed description is included in the 'Recent Syllabus' section below.


Only second and third year students are eligible to apply autumn and winter quarters. First-year students can apply for spring quarter. Strong research, writing and analytical skills are mandatory.   Related work experience or coursework and/or a demonstrated interest in urban policy issues is important.

Other important information:

Students will be primarily expected to conduct work on their own time.  However, students are expected to be available for meetings on Fridays from 9 am – 12:00 p.m., as needed.  (Students are encouraged to work on their assignments with their group whenever a meeting is not necessary.) Periodic meetings with City of Gary staff to obtain information, seek guidance and provide updates will be expected.  Limited travel to Gary may be important and helpful.

To apply:

To enroll in the course, students must submit a resume and statement of interest, including preferred issue(s)-specific application details to follow.  Enrollment will be capped at 10 students.