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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 2019 to introduce more students to the broad range of opportunities available in the field of public service.

Please click REGISTER or LOG IN in the upper right corner of the webpage to apply for the Public Service Weekends. Select the July application to apply for George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, or University of Southern California conference.

2019 Summer Conference Hosts

Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis

Virginia Commonwealth University – L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Richmond, VA, June 14-16, 2019
Eligibility: Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC

Local Action, Global Goals: Service for Sustainable Development - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Seton Hall University – School of Diplomacy and International Relations, New York, NY and South Orange, NJ, June 21-23, 2019
Eligibility: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania

NextGen Leadership: Ethics and Practice

George Washington University – Elliott School & Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, Washington, DC, July 25-28, 2019
Eligibility: Nationwide

Leadership in the Age of Smart Cities: How Data and Technology Impacts Equity in our Communities

Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College, Washington, DC, July 12-14, 2019
Eligibility: Must live in the Washington DC Metro Area this summer

Social Justice and Public Service: Think Globally, Act Locally

University of Southern California – Sol Price School of Public Policy, Los Angeles, CA July 19-21, 2019
Eligibility: Must live in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, or Washington

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.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2019 is November 1, 2018.

Additional information on the JSI Program
JSI Program FAQ's
Download the Application Form

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.


1. Register

Click on the "Register" button. Then complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the application with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online application from the opportunities listed. For Public Service Weekends, select the application based on the month when the conference will be held.

4. Save

During the application acceptance period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in the format requested. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, submit your Application as FINAL on any tab. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the deadline, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact the Award Administrator.

Application Open:
Aug 1, 2018
Application Close:
Nov 4, 2018

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