Capital Semester

Our Mission:

Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs conducts, supports, and disseminates interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy, focusing particularly on Philadelphia, the greater metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Capital Semester


About Us

  • IPA research targets important social, economic, and political problems, and public policies that address them.
  • IPA seeks to foster collaboration and intellectual exchange across disciplines, supporting scholars from all of Temple’s seventeen schools and colleges.
  • IPA aims to forge connections among students, scholars, policymakers, and citizens, to encourage research informed by the concerns of those who decide public policy and to facilitate public policies informed by research.

Latest News

The Pennsylvania Capital Semester launched its inaugural semester in September 2009 and has its seventh intern class in Harrisburg in fall 2014. View more news.

The PA Capital Semester in the Temple Review

Further Information: The PA Capital Semester: PowerPoint Presentation


Michelle J. Atherton, Associate Director
Institute for Public Affairs
840 Anderson Hall

For information on internship placement options contact:

Michael Cassidy
Program Administrator and Seminar Instructor