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 2018 to introduce more students to the broad range of opportunities available in the field of public service.

Applications for fall 2018 are now closed. Please check back in the spring for future opportunities!


Ensuring Accountability and Integrity – Public Service as a Force for Positive Change
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) – Albany, NY
November 2-4, 2018

Global Leaders Forum: Challenges in the International System
Georgetown University
McCourt School of Public Policy & Walsh School of Foreign Service – Washington DC
November 9-11, 2018

Local Leadership in a Global World
School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
University of California San Diego – San Diego, CA
November 30 – December 2, 2018

Past Conferences – 2018 Summer Conference Hosts

A Mile High Ascent to Public Service – Applications Closed
University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs – Denver, Colorado
June 7 – 10, 2018

NextGen Leadership: Ethics and Practice – Applications Closed
George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public administration – Washington DC
June 15 – 17, 2018

Civic Engagement, the Public Trust, & Public Policy – Applications Closed
Pepperdine School of Public Policy – Malibu, CA
June 15 – 17, 2018

Defending Our Communities: The Role of Social Justice in Public Service – Applications Closed
University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy – Los Angeles, California
June 22 – 24, 2018

Leadership in the Age of Smart Cities: How Technology Can Advance Sustainability, Efficiency, and Equity in Urban Communities – Applications Closed
Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College of Public Policy and Management – Washington DC
July 20 – 22, 2018