In an op-ed for the Rice Thresher, Baker Institute intern Graham West "12 describes a unique spring break opportunity offered by the Baker Institute: West and 11 other Rice undergraduates traveled to Qatar for a conference with students from Education City in Doha.

The Feb. 24-March 2 colloquium, an initiative of the institute"s student-led Public Diplomacy & Global Policymaking in the 21st Century Program (PDGP), allows "students from different cultures [to] meet to discuss international policy," writes West. Discussion topics range from religion and science to democracy and culture.

Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian encouraged the development of PDGP from the start. "Student leadership and intern programs offer important opportunities for Rice students to burnish their academic credentials with practical public policy experience," he says.

The first PDGP spring break trip in 2010 took Rice students to Egypt, where they met with their counterparts at The American University in Cairo. "We want to extend an invitation to all Rice undergraduates to apply to the program in coming years and help us continue to shape this evolving and important initiative," West writes.