The School of Public and International Affairs has hosted the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at Princeton University for over 30 years. In this period, students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of life experiences have come to campus to further their commitment to public service.

The goal of the program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds — including underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and students from families with lower socio-economic status — for graduate study and careers in public policy.  We believe that by encouraging a diverse cadre of leaders to consider careers in public service, we will strengthen the leadership capacity of government and nonprofit organizations throughout the world.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing, and public speaking.  At the end of the seven-week program, students present a comprehensive final report on a current policy issue that that draws on the skills acquired in their coursework, policy analysis and writing.

Competitive applicants will have completed at least one course in college-level economics, mathematics, or statistics; or AP/IB calculus, economics, or statistics and have junior or senior standing in an accredited U.S. college after completing the summer institute.


Required coursework will include seven weeks of classroom instruction in:

Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis (intro/intermediate and advanced level courses offered)

Economics for Policy Analysis (intro/intermediate and advanced level courses offered)

It is strongly recommended that students prepare for the summer program in advance:

  • Intro-intermediate courses will require a background in algebra, including 1) solving systems of equations 2) linear functions, including linear equations in slope-intercept form and, and 3) quadratic equations.
  • Advanced courses will require calculus background, including knowledge of 1) derivatives, 2) partial derivatives, 3) integration, and 4) maximization

Policy Writing and Analysis

Policy Workshop (International and Domestic) – Students will choose either a domestic or internationally-focused course focusing on a current public policy issue

Students will participate in in lunch meetings and seminars with practitioners and researchers on a range of topics. Field trips and social activities offer enrichment as well.

Summer Institute students receive full tuition, housing and reimbursement for domestic travel to and from the program. The student stipend for living expenses for 2021 is $1,550. This stipend is intended to cover the cost of living expenses incurred throughout the duration of the program.


Application deadline November 1, 2021
Admission notification TBD
Program begins TBD
Program ends TBD


School of Public and International Affairs

PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University

2-C-11 Green Hall

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544-1013

Phone: (609) 258-4836


To learn more please visit Princeton’s website here.



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