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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Professional Development

The Humphrey School has an on-going commitment to public affairs and planning professionals. We offer several opportunities for practitioners to enhance their skills and for those in other professions to increase their involvement with public policy issues.
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Why is public affairs important?

Jodi Sandfort

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Leadership Development

Each year, the Feminist Leadership Fellowship Program supports and challenges 20 executive directors of women-centered nonprofits to build new and stronger networks to support their work, and develop a critical framework within which to address how topical issues affect both their long-term mission and day-to-day activities. To learn more, contact Deb Fitzpatrick at 612-625-7176 or

The Policy Fellows program offers practical training in public affairs leadership for emerging leaders seeking new experiences and skills. Offered each fall through a competitive application process, the nine-month program offers a cohort of 40 diverse individuals the opportunity to learn such core leadership competencies as mindfulness, strategic effectiveness in context, and persuasion and collective action. To learn more, contact Kate Cimino at 612-625-8330 or


Faculty members and staff can design customized professional development programs for public sector and nonprofit organizations. These non-credit group training programs generally run for several weeks or months. Topics range from collaborative management to strategic planning to stakeholder analysis and public participation strategies. For more information, contact the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at 612-625-5093 or Information also is available under the "Professional Programs" page at the PNLC's website

In 2007, the School’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance launched the Program for Excellence in Election Administration to serve township, city, county, and state-level election staff, elected officials, county attorneys and auditors, and citizen leaders. Research into best practices is integrated into short-courses, on-line courses, seminars, conferences, and national forums addressing the key challenges facing election administrators and legislators setting election policy. To learn more, contact Lea Chittenden at 612-625-2530 or

International Fellowship Programs

The International Fellowship Programs bring international mid-career professionals and scholars committed to public service to the Humphrey Institute for professional enrichment, leadership development, and cultural exchange.

The International Fellowship Programs is the home to three separate fellowships opportunities, each with their own goals and objectives.
Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellowship Programs
Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship Program
U.K. Fulbright Fellowship Program for Civil Service

Certificates + Degree Programs

Of course, the Humphrey School also offers five degree programs and several certificates, if you are interested in an academic program.