The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) works to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.


Junior Summer Institute Application

Are you an undergrad interested in a career in public service? The PPIA JSI is the perfect place to start!

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.

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Other PPIA Programs

Public Service Weekends

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 hold more Public Service Weekends in 2019 to introduce more students to the broad range of opportunities available in the field of public service.
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Public Service Expo

PPIA’s Public Service EXPO brings together representatives of some of the nation’s top graduate programs in public policy and international affairs and employers seeking highly qualified individuals who are committed to public service under one roof. Undergraduates and graduate students alike can benefit from the expertise and guidance they can access through this event.
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Alumni Connections

Looking for career advice? Ready to apply to graduate school? Want to mentor a pipeline of leaders? Sign in, sign up, or get involved to network of over 4,000 accomplished alumni and give back.
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The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is fast approaching, with this application season being slightly different, we wanted to provide tools for applicants to ensure they’re applications are as refined as possible. The PPIA Program and the PPIA Alumni Chapters invite…

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Have you considered how to address social problems in your community? Come find out how public service careers present exciting opportunities to advance social justice. Apply to attend this fully funded virtual student leadership development series organized by UCLA Luskin…

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2020 brought upon us the unexpected: a global pandemic that forced many of us to stay at home, temporarily leave behind our routine schedules, and paused large gatherings. But not even a global pandemic can stymie the PPIA alumni network…

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