Thursday, September 05, 2013

Public Policy and International Affairs Program

Fellowships for Undergraduate Juniors - Public Policy and International Affairs

Calling college juniors: the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA) is accepting applications for its 2014 Junior Summer Institutes at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, & the University of Michigan! Interested candidates can visit to learn more & apply by November 1st. 

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 over 30 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 an outreach 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.

Fellowships for Undergraduates

 The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

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.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.

About the Graduate School Consortium

PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 30 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing inclusion in public service and are committed to supporting our fellows in their pursuit of a graduate education. Fellows who apply to receive a graduate degree at these schools are able to waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs are able to provide financial assistant well above this level.

PPIA Fellows are encouraged to gain work experience before applying to graduate school. Our Graduate School Consortium members guarantee benefits for at least five years after fellows complete their undergraduate degree.

Gabriel R. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Interim Executive Director
RWJF Center for Health Policy
University of New Mexico