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PIPS—An undergraduate think tank

The Program for International Peace and Security (PIPS) is a practical, research-based initiative that prepares William & Mary students for the demands posed by sensitive international issues. Many graduates of our excellent government, public policy and international relations programs find careers with government agencies or with contractors of the federal government. PIPS fellows learn to master the dominant communications vehicle of the Beltway, the policy brief. Policy briefs are four- to six-page distillations that not only outline a problematic international situation, but also propose a solution. Five or six high-performing William & Mary students are accepted into the elite PIPS program each year. PIPS fellows often meet with high-level policymakers and are regularly invited to present their own briefs in think tanks and government offices.