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


Policy Communications

A Free in Person Conference for Undergraduate Students

George Mason Schar School of Policy and Government | October 20 - 22 

Application deadline: September 17

Conference Location: Mason Square Campus (Arlington, Virginia)


Diverse Voices in Public Policy & International Affairs

A FREE in Person Conference for Undergraduate Students

Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and McCourt School of Public Policy | Nov 3 - 5

Application deadline: September 15, 2023

Conference Location: Georgetown's Hilltop Campus in Washington, DC


Advancing Equity Through Inclusive Leadership and Policymaking

A FREE  VIRTUAL Conference for Undergraduate Students 

The George Washington University | June 22 - 25

Application deadline: June 9, 2023

This virtual conference will be held via Zoom


Building an Equitable and Sustainable World Through Public Interest Technology

A FREE Conference and Scope-a-thon for Undergraduate Students

Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College | July 14 – 16, 2023

Application deadline: June 20, 2023

Conference Location: Washington, DC 


Emerging Public Policy Issues in Texas & the American South

A FREE Conference for the Next Generation of Public Policy Changemakers

University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs | July 20 – 23, 2023

Application Deadline: June 6, 2023 by 5 PM CT

Conference Location: LBJ School of Public Affairs, Texas



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