Junior Summer Institutes for Undergraduates

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare students to pursue graduate education, typically a master’s degree (or joint degree) 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 engages with high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in the intensive seven-week JSI held over the summer 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 a diverse and accomplished alumni network. 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 2021 is November 15, 2020.

About the Graduate School Consortium

PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 50 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in public service and support our fellows in their pursuit of graduate education. Alumni of the PPIA JSI’s who apply for admission to the member 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 (including 100% tuition scholarships and generous stipend support).

JSI Overview and Host Sites
JSI Eligibility and Benefits
Application Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions

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 a Public Service Weekend. Select the correct application based on when the conference will be held. Before applying, please visit the links below to view full eligibility details based on the conference site requirements. Applications that are late, incomplete, or not submitted as FINAL will not be considered.

2019 Fall Conference Hosts

Engaging A New Generation To Restore Trust in Public Service

The New School - Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, New York City, NY, Sep. 27-28, 2019

Eligibility: Rising sophomore undergraduates through recent graduates (up to 1-year post grad) in the New York Metropolitan area -- New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Advancing Social Justice Through Public Service: Lessons from California

University of California, Los Angeles - Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 4 – 6, 2019

Eligibility: Rising university and community college undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in the continental Pacific region and bordering states.

The Right to Freedom, Safety, and Health: Transformative Public Leadership to Ensure Domestic and Global Human Rights

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities - Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN Oct. 11 – 13, 2019

Eligibility: Current undergrad students at a regionally accredited 2 or 4 year institution in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa. Preference will be given to first-year students and sophomores.

Leading from the Front; Understanding Your Role in Changemaking

University of California, San Diego - School of Global Policy and Strategy, San Diego, CA, Oct. 11-13, 2019

Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled, or a recent graduate, of a 2 or 4-year college or university, and living in Southern California.

Ensuring Accountability and Integrity – Public Service as a Force for Positive Change

University at Albany - SUNY Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Albany, NY, Oct 25-27, 2019

Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomores through recent graduates (up to 1-year post grad). Participants must provide their own transportation and are eligible to receive up to $50 to supplement the cost of their travel to and from Albany, NY.

Diverse Voices in Public Policy and International Affairs

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy & Walsh School of Foreign Service, Nov. 22-24, 2019

Eligibility: Undergraduate students at a 4-year college or university (preferably rising juniors, seniors, or 2019 graduates). Applicants outside of the Washington, DC area are welcome to apply and may apply for partial travel stipends.


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.

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130 Humphrey School,
301-19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org