Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

Are you an undergrad interested in a career in public service? 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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Benefits for Junior Summer Institute Alumni

Get access to our network of over 4,000 accomplished JSI Alumni and receive eligibility for graduate school fee waivers, scholarships and other Alumni opportunities. Update your PPIA Profile today!

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Our Purpose

What is PPIA?

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit organization that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in graduate studies in public policy and international affairs, and public service for over 40 years.

Our Vision

A thriving and equitable world uplifted by visionary, inclusive, and compassionate leaders.

Our Mission

Cultivate the next generations of diverse public service and international affairs professionals by investing in their education, essential skills, and networks to effect domestic and global change.

Our Programs

We offer an assortment of rigorous academic fellowship programs for undergraduates looking to advance their careers in public service. Beyond that we offer an assortment of public service expos, conferences and consortiums.

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Public Service Weekends

Our free Public Service Weekends introduce more students to the broad range of opportunities available in the field of public service.

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Public Service Expos

Our 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.

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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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Empowering Diverse Changemakers.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. Our programs prepare students with the knowledge and network to succeed in the field of public service.

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