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.