Community Partnerships

Our Partners

City of Jacksonville

LogoThe Public Policy Institute has partnered with the City of Jacksonville for the MPP Minority Fellowship, internship placements, and the Public Sector Tuition Reimbursement program. Additionally, the Institute has provided a neutral gathering place for a Community Conversation on discrimination, particularly expansion of the City of Jacksonville's Human Rights Ordinance. 

Clay County Chamber of Commerce

The Institute is pleased to partner with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce to host events and training programs for elected and government officials on diverse public policy topics. The Clay Chamber is also an internship partner of the Institute. The Clay County Chamber of Commerce seeks to develop and promote programs that provides a wide array of services specifically designed to help businesses grow and prosper in Clay County.

Executive Office of the Governor, Florida

logoThe Public Policy Institute welcomed the Florida Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding for a public meeting to assess the return on investment for taxpayer funding received by hospitals. JU faculty, students, and alumni attended along with several members of the Jacksonville community. The Executive Office of the Governor is also an internship partner of the Public Policy Institute. 

Florida Forum

Jacksonville University is honored to be the Public Policy Partner of the Florida Forum Lecture Series hosted by the Women’s Board benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Bringing renowned speakers and thought leaders to Jacksonville from across the country and around the world is both intellectually and culturally enriching. More information may be found online at the Women's Board website.

Government & Public Policy Institute

University of The Bahamas

                                                                          The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute is pleased to partner with the Government & Public Policy Institute bahamas(GPPI) of the University of The Bahamas to promote public policy education and expertise. The GPPI seeks to offer highly sought-after services in the research, design and implementation of public policy in The Bahamas and abroad.

Internship Partners

One of the strengths of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute is its extraordinary internship program. We are grateful to our many internship partners that provide opportunity for students to apply and grow their skills in the real world. With more than 20 partners, the Institute is able to provide internships in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Click here more information on the Institute’s internship program

Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville

Notre Dame Club of Jacksonville LogoThe Institute is pleased to partner with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville to host an annual Hesburgh Lecture. These free and open-to-the-public lectures bring esteemed professors from Notre Dame University to present on timely policy topics each fall.

Learn more and see videos of past lectures.

Office of Mayor Lenny Curry

Following Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's Spring 2015 election, his transition team subcommittee public meetings were hosted by the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. The eight subcommittees, totaling more than 100 members, each met twice weekly for four weeks to discuss matters affecting Jacksonville.​ Full meeting schedule, meeting minutes, audio, and additional information is available on the Transition Information section of

Regional Leadership Academy

Regional Each year the Public Policy Institute and Marine Science Research Institute welcome local and regional leaders for a session of the Regional Leadership Academy (RLA). The RLA nurtures and cultivates a commitment to Regionalism by educating regional leaders and investing in the future through a mission to make northeast Florida a better place to live and work.

University of Florida Bob Graham Center 

Bob Graham Center LogoThe Institute entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding with UF's Bob Graham Center for Public Service in 2016. This MOU provides scholarship opportunities to two UF students annually, and also provides Jacksonville University MPP students with the opportunity to participate in the annual Future of Florida Summit. The Future of Florida Summit is a 3-day conference hosted by the Graham Center, and each year focuses on important policy issues facing the state of Florida. 


wjctThe Institute partners with WJCT, a local radio station, to host a quarterly Policy Matters radio show. This program is moderated by Institute Director Rick Mullaney, and brings in local, state, and national policymakers to discuss current public policy issues. 

Listen to our past Policy Matters radio shows.

WJXT Channel 4

WJXTSince 2013, the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (Institute) has partnered with WJXT Channel 4 to host eleven televised forums and debates, particularly during important election cycles. In addition, Institute Director Rick Mullaney also serves as the official political analyst for WJXT, and provides expert commentary on a wide variety of policy issues.

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

wacThe Public Policy Institute is pleased to partner with the World  Affairs Council of Jacksonville​ to present a Global Business Luncheon each year, in addition to Speaker Series events. Past speakers have included Ed Bak​er​, Vice President of Growth for Uber​, in 2016, and internationally renowned journali​st James G. Workman in 2014.