Who We Are

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for 39 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has a focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

PPIA’s core programming includes:

  • The Junior Summer Institute (JSI): A rigorous academic, fully-funded fellowship program that provides student training and financial support for graduate school and facilitates ongoing professional development.
  • An alumni association of approximately 4,000 PPIA JSI Fellows from across the nation.
  • A Graduate School Consortium: A consortium of more than 50 top public and international affairs graduate programs in the nation.
  • Public Service Weekends: Free three-day conferences held across the country to introduce even more students to the broad range of opportunities available in public service.

Statement of Purpose

Our Vision

A flourishing democratic society that is governed by caring, skilled and pioneering professionals and community leaders who are representative of the full spectrum of America.

Our Mission

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.

Our Partners

Institutional Sponsors

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

By combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development, APSIA member schools are preparing students for the global workplace of the 21st Century.

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration

NASPAA’s twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service.

JSI Host Schools

Thank you to our National Office Host!

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

The mission of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.

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