Mann Child Policy Externships

The Schubert Center enables experiential learning for undergraduates through externships with community organizations and institutions. Made possible by support from the Mann Endowment Fund, the Mann Externship helps students gain hands-on experience on how research and policy can converge to impact the lives of children and families.

Mann Child Policy Externships give students the opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and families. With supervision from the Schubert Center, students are placed with local policy organizations working in areas of child health, education, law, juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare. Students gain first-hand perspectives on the policy process by engaging in planning, research, analysis, and/or advocacy activities emphasizing policy related to children and childhood. The Mann Child Policy Externship is now also available as an undergraduate capstone experience in anthropology, childhood studies, and psychology. Follow the links below for more information and application instructions.

Check out the examples of past externships and senior capstone projects.

Complete list of Mann externs and placements.

“There is no substitute for the learning opportunities provided by the Mann Child Policy Externship. I not only learned first-hand about the policy making process, but I also learned how I can develop my skills to make a bigger difference in the future.”

— Gennifer Gibbs, Mann Child Policy Extern

Externship Details:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families.
  • Allow students to work with agencies active in social policy affecting children and childhood.
  • Allow students to earn three to six hours of course credit (CHST 398).
  • May be used to fulfill the SAGES Capstone experience in some disciplines. (Mann Child Policy Externships are available and cross-listed as Capstones in anthropology, childhood studies, and psychology).
  • Require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week (150 hours over the semester) to a specific student/preceptor designed project at the designated agency or office.
  • May provide a stipend for overtime work, pending the availability of funding.
  • Are available fall, spring, & summer semesters.
  • Approved application is required (see Selection Criteria and Application Requirements below)

Selection criteria:

  • Junior or senior status preferred, but qualified sophomores will be considered.
  • Completion of at least two social science classes preferably with a child or family focus.
  • 3.2 overall GPA with a 3.4 GPA in major.
  • Students who have successfully completed CHST 301, or who concurrently enroll in CHST 301, will be given first priority.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who submit their application by the March 1 (for summer or fall semesters) and November 1 (for spring semester) deadlines will be given first priority.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application and a 2-3 page essay. Click here to access the application form and essay instructions.
  • A current resume.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor.


Support for the Mann Child Policy Externships:

Alumni siblings Carol Mann (Flora Stone Mather College, 1971) and Robert Mann (Western Reserve College 1973) so valued their experiences as students that they generously support today’s undergraduates, giving them opportunities for life-changing experiences beyond the classroom. Through the Mann’s generosity, students have traveled throughout the world to participate in research projects on children. The Mann Endowment Fund currently supports Mann Child Policy Externships, as well as other experiential learning opportunities offered through the childhood studies minor, such as spring break trips to Washington D.C. and attendance at child-related conferences.