Junior Summer Institutes for Undergraduates
The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare to pursue Masters' or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.
Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.
Once a student has completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.
About the Graduate School Consortium
PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 40 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing inclusion in public service and are committed to supporting our fellows in their pursuit of graduate education. Fellows who apply to receive a graduate degree at these schools can waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs can provide financial assistance well above this level.
Public Service Weekends
PPIA’s mission and overall focus are to increase the participation and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups at the highest level of public sector leadership. NASPAA, the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs, supports these goals and shares PPIA’s vision in creating a new generation of diverse students to enter graduate programs and pursue careers in public service. PPIA is thrilled to announce the Public Service Weekends being planned in 2018 to introduce more students to the broad range of opportunities available in the field of public service.
2018 Fall Conference Hosts
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany,
School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
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