Cooperative projects

With no other prior requirements but a commitment to the public good, cooperative projects provide an opportunity for Master’s students to experiment, invent and work together as a team. From October to April, this optional activity opens the doors for participating students to the practical aspects of project management within a cooperative relationship, against a backdrop of solidarity and social responsibility.

They are fully in line with the Civic Learning Programme offered by the Undergraduate College and are representative of the role of civic engagement in the educational project of Sciences Po. They allow Master’s students either to build on their training begun at the Undergraduate College or, for those admitted directly at Master’s level, to familiarise themselves with the areas of solidarity and social responsibility.

By focusing on collective intelligence, the projects aim to allow students to develop skills other than purely academic ones.

From October through to April, groups of 3 to 5 students, from different Master’s programmes and schools, will work as a team to conduct a project proposed by a non-profit organisation. They need to produce concrete and lasting solutions in response to a specific issue put forward by the partner.

Students are accompanied in their project by the host organisation and can also rely on a support network coordinated by Sciences Po.

The project concludes with the submission of a deliverable by the team of students and an evaluation conducted by the host organisation and the students.

Please consult the list of our ongoing cooperative projects.

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How to Apply

Practical details

The project is year-long: it starts in September / October and ends in April / May.

Workshops are available during the year to help you make a success of your project.

The project advisor will remind you of the project framework at the kick-off meeting, but you will also find all the information you need in our Guidelines (PDF in French, 300 Ko).

You will meet your partner very soon after the team is formed. It’s preferable to get an early start because time is limited. You will then need to meet with your team once a week.

The keys to a successful project are organisation, time management, teamwork and a good relationship with the partner.

There are many tools at your disposal (detailed in the guide) and the project advisor is available throughout the year to assist you and answer your questions.

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