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Please Save the Date: Friday, July 14, 2017 PPIA 2017 Public Service Expo

Posted on March 9th, 2017

The PPIA 2017 Public Service Expo will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Location: Marvin Center, George Washington University in Washington DC.

Registration will open in March, 2017

 

Why attend?

It’s free! And you can learn about the graduate school admissions processmeet like-minded individuals and discover the graduate degree program and career path that’s right for you.

Attendees of the EXPO receive unparalleled access to decision makers in the admissions process at the nation’s top policy schools. Prospective applicants have an opportunity to ask questions about various policy programs, what makes a strong candidate, and carefully consider which programs align with their interests and careers.

Find careers and internships in public policy and international affairs!

As many graduate programs emphasize career experience as an essential part of a competitive application, the Expo encourages attendees to visit the various employers that offer information about careers and internships in public service.

Be part of a community!

Recognizing the importance of networks, the Expo provides a crucial meeting point for over 200 students each year to exchange ideas, information, and inspiration. The EXPO also offers students attending PPIA’s Junior Summer Institutes the opportunity to meet each other and connect with program alumni in Washington, DC.

PPIA 2016 Public Service EXPO Exhibitor list

Welcome Elliott School and OSU!

Posted on February 8th, 2017

We are proud to announce the addition of two new members to our Graduate School Consortium, the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and Oregon State University. These institutions have reputable undergraduate and graduate degree programs in public policy and international affairs, and a faculty and student body who are dedicated to increasing inclusion and the participation of underrepresented groups in public service. We look forward to partnering with these schools in advancing our mission in supporting a new generation of leaders in public service and foreign affairs.

For a full list of PPIA partner institutions, view our Graduate School Consortium page. For more information on these schools, their academic programs, and application materials, click on their websites below:

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR

The Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU – Washington, DC

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of being a member of the consortium? Contact us a ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org

Congratulations to the new Fellows!

Posted on February 8th, 2017

2017 Junior Summer Institute Fellows Update

This application cycle has been one of the most competitive to date as we received nearly 600 applications from students all across the United States. We are proud to announce the acceptance of over 100 new PPIA Fellows who will be attending a JSI at one of our host institutions: Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Please join us in congratulating this new cohort of highly competitive students who are bound to become leaders in their communities both here in the US and abroad.

While you may not have been selected as a Fellow, we strongly encourage you to be persistent in your effort to pursue a career in public service. There are still many ways for you to become involved with PPIA and in your respective communities. We encourage you to keep in touch and attend one of our events such as the Public Service Weekends, our Public Service Expo in Washington D.C (July 14th), and various events hosted throughout the year. We and the wider PPIA network are always available to support you as you craft a path towards a career in public policy and international affairs.

For more information on how to get involved visit our Public Service Weekends page.

We also have a Public Service Expo event in Washington, DC where representatives from the nation’s best graduate schools in public policy and international affairs will be available to give advice on preparing your application and to answer any questions you may have.

Visit our PPIA Facebook page to stay in touch with not only our events but the different events hosted by our network of partners, including NASPAA and APSIA, two nationally recognized organizations dedicated to supporting students pursuing a graduate degree in public policy and international affairs.

For any additional questions on our events or the JSI application, please e-mail us at ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org.

Public Service Weekend updates

Posted on February 8th, 2017

UCSD – School of Global Policy and Strategy

Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd – 23rd, 2017 

La Jolla, California

The application deadline for UCSD’s Public Service Weekend is February 20th, 2017. Apply to attend this free conference designed for undergraduates seeking a graduate degree in public policy or international affairs. If you are passionate about making an impact in your community or in the field of international development, learn the skills and learn from your peers and leaders on how you can transform your passion into meaningful action.

If you are ready to apply or if you know a motivated individual who would benefit from our public service weekend, click on UCSD’s Public Service Weekend page to learn more about the program and the application process.

University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Friday – Sunday, November 3rd – 5th, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Save the date! If you missed this application deadline for UCSD’s PSW, don’t worry because the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs will also be hosting a Public Service Weekend event on Friday through Sunday November 3-5, 2017.

More details regarding the application forthcoming. Please be sure to check our Public Service Weekend page for more updates.

#GivingTuesday

Posted on November 9th, 2016

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PPIA has much to be grateful for in 2016!

For 35 years, we have been committed to promoting the leadership development of underrepresented groups in public service. We moved our national office to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis in April. In July, we celebrated our 35th anniversary with a gala in Washington DC honoring Reverend and State Senator Clementa Pinckney (Princeton PPIA,’94). We are serving more students than ever through our Public Service Weekend regional conferences and a new Junior Summer Institute at the Humphrey School in summer 2017.  Lastly, students continue to demonstrate interest in the Junior Summer Institutes, we have seen an increase in the number applicants this year.

Today, we ask you to support PPIA by investing in our work between now and #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016. It’s your time. This is your opportunity to give thanks and give back to support the dreams of future participants in our programs.

Our #GivingTuesday campaign aims to raise $5,000. All contributions will advance the work of the PPIA Fellowship program.

Contribute to the organization that believes in the future of public service!

Support students’ opportunity for a promising future!

Donate today

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power nonprofits, businesses, corporations, families, and individuals to transform how people participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and help create a better world.

 

New Junior Summer Institute Prepares Students for Grad School

Posted on October 17th, 2016

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is excited to launch a summer fellowship program designed to help undergraduate students thrive in master’s degree programs and launch careers in public service. The Humphrey School Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a rigorous, seven-week academic program that provides students hands-on experience in addressing society’s grand challenges. It’s part of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program, which is committed to promoting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in master’s degree programs and careers in public service.

“Many students are passionate about solving perplexing economic problems facing African Americans, American Indians, Latinos, and Southeast Asians,” said Professor Samuel Myers, Jr., director of the Humphrey School’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. “This includes disproportionate representation in the criminal justice and child welfare systems as well as lower educational attainment, higher suspension rates, lower earnings, and poorer health care outcomes. Our JSI explores how conventional policy analysis tools can be applied to help solve these problems.”

The Humphrey School JSI is open to students who are entering their senior year of undergraduate study. The program equips them with leadership and management skills, problem-solving techniques, and an understanding of how to analyze data when making critical decisions to help address complex social challenges. It is tailored to participants’ interests, providing opportunities to complete field-based research and community engagement projects focused on specific issues that inspire them most.

“The most valuable parts of my JSI were the connections that I made and the material that I learned,” said James Chan (MPP ’14), who completed the Princeton JSI and graduated from the Humphrey School with a Master of Public Policy in 2014. “Spending seven weeks with other underrepresented students from across the country challenges your perspective, but also makes your PPIA experience an unforgettable one—one that you will carry with you in your public service career.”

The Humphrey School is one of five institutions around the country to host a JSI, which is fully funded and often leads to generous financial aid packages at participating schools. The others include the University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.

“I wholeheartedly recommend that students interested in public service at all apply to PPIA,” said AshLee Smith Garrett, who participated in the JSI at the University of California-Berkeley and is currently pursing her PhD in Public Affairs and Master of Public Policy at the Humphrey School. “PPIA introduced me to a whole new world. I didn’t know about graduate degrees in public policy until then, and the connections that you will make with your cohort are invaluable.”

For more information about the fellowship program and details on how to apply are available here.

Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs celebrates 10 years of use-inspired, innovative research

Posted on October 4th, 2016

Northeastern University founded the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs 10 years ago to provide a space for applied interdisciplinary research. Since then, the School has created a tradition of high-impact research, education and engagement with communities of practitioners in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

To celebrate this milestone, we shine the spotlight on our service-oriented initiatives and research centers and labs, which have advanced public policy and urban affairs theory and practice not just in Boston, but around the nation and the globe.

 

Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

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Governor Deval Patrick declares “Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy Day” in the Commonwealth, helping celebrate the center’s 15th anniversary during a gala which featured remarks by Patrick, Senator Ed Markey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Founded in 1999, the Dukakis Center is a “think and do tank” that conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders, to identify and implement solutions to a broad spectrum of critical challenges facing urban areas throughout the Commonwealth.

Since its inception, the center has been involved in a wide array of research focusing on housing in Greater Boston. Each year staff dive into data and publish an annual edition of the “Greater Boston Housing Report Card,” which keeps track of home prices, rents, housing production and policy, and other matters related to housing availability and affordability.

“Each annual report takes a deep dive into specific topics,” said Barry Bluestone, senior research associate and founding director, 1999 to 2015. “In the past these have ranged from homelessness to student housing, from the need for zoning reform to the cost of producing new housing.”

The Dukakis Center is deeply involved with housing advocacy groups and its senior staff and consultants have been responsible for developing new housing legislation that has been successfully implemented in the Commonwealth.

In 2005, the center created the “Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool” (EDSAT), which provides guidance to cities and towns on how to generate a strategy for attracting business investment. EDSAT has now been implemented in more than 110 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and New England.

Led by former Associate Director Stephanie Pollack, who is now secretary of transportation in the Commonwealth, the Dukakis Center has carried out extensive research on a range of transportation issues, focusing on accessibility and equity.

Most recently, the center published a number of market studies related to projecting labor force needs in the Commonwealth and the role of vocational schools in meeting the future employment needs across businesses in the state.

The Dukakis Center has also focused attention on the role of manufacturing and completed an evaluation of the state’s life sciences sector. Its two “Staying Power” studies, published in 2008 and 2012, called attention to the continuing viability of manufacturing in Massachusetts and helped lead to the creation of the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.

The center’s most recent report, “State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure,” released in June 2016, is the first report that provides a comprehensive review of all of Greater Boston’s infrastructure needs, from highways, mass transit, airport facilities, and the Boston Seaport to the demand for electricity, gas, water, and sanitation. By projecting population and economic growth to 2030, the report provides a guide to the additional infrastructure and efficiency measures that will be needed to maintain the region’s prosperity.

“As I meet with policy makers from Massachusetts and other New England states it is clear how much the Dukakis Center is relied upon for timely and accurate research on the housing, transportation and infrastructure challenges facing states across New England,” Interim Director Jack McDevitt said. “The respect and appreciation for the work of the Dukakis Center by such a broad cross section of policy leaders is very rewarding to hear.”

 

Resilient Cities Lab

Resilient Cities LabThe Resilient Cities Lab, founded in 2013, connects disciplinary research on pressing social, economic, environmental, and engineering challenges in the urban environment, and links this research with education and practice.

“Cities always are confronted by external shocks—be they in the form of a rapid influx of new people, an economic downturn or some extreme weather event. Bouncing back from such shocks is key to maintain quality of life in cities. What creates that ability to bounce back, and perhaps even perform better than before the shock? How can that ability be enhanced through innovation of technology and innovation in governance?  These are just some of the questions the Resilient Cities Lab addresses,” said Matthias Ruth, founding director of the Lab. “The answers must be informed by methods and approaches from multiple disciplines and be connected to the world of practitioners.”

Functioning as a hub that brings together people and academic disciplines, the lab thus serves as the “middle piece” between urban investment and policy making, and cooperative and experiential learning.

Presently, the lab has 21 faculty members from across different academic disciplines. For example, professor Joan Fitzgerald’s research focuses on urban climate governance and the connections between urban sustainability and economic development and innovation. She is currently working on a book, Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Action, which examines how cities advance green technologies and organize city government to more effectively implement climate plans. She also is investigating governance of green storm water infrastructure.

Professor Gavin Shatkin investigates globalization and urban poverty in Southeast Asian cities. He has recently partnered with faculty in Northeastern’s School of Architecture and the departments of Art and Design and Anthropology to examine projections of flood risk in rapidly growing coastal megacities.

Professor Christopher Bosso, on the other hand, is interested in how societies try to balance the benefits of producing goods and services with needs to protect public health and the environment. His areas of interest include food and environmental policy, science and technology policy, and the governance of emerging technologies. He is currently working with Northeastern’s Dining Services on ideas to reduce food waste at the university, and he just finished a book on the 2014 farm bill.

 

Social Impact Lab

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Students celebrate Northeastern’s new designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.

The Social Impact Lab (SIL), founded in 2014, is a student service-oriented initiative and serves as an innovation hub that combines experiential learning, civic engagement, and collaboration to empower social change. It uses experiential teaching methodologies to help students understand the complex systems from which social problems and their solutions emerge, serving as a bridge between the classroom and the community.

“Our flagship program, Northeastern Students4Giving, challenges students to grapple with the conceptual, ethical, and practical dilemmas of awarding real-dollar grants to nonprofit organizations addressing social issues in Boston,” Director Rebecca Riccio said.

Through the Global Philanthropy Initiative, SIL shares the lessons it has learned about experiential philanthropy education with partners around the world and collaborates with them to develop courses that are socially, culturally, economically, and legally appropriate in their local contexts. SIL has already helped Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, create an experiential philanthropy course, and expects to launch a new course with partners in Saudi Arabia this year. The lab will also host the first Zameli Family Global Philanthropy and Social Impact Visiting Fellow this year.

SIL designs and curates dynamic, interactive events that enable social change agents to share knowledge across sectors, disciplines, and generations. Its premier event is the Social Impact Conference, an annual gathering of students, faculty, nonprofit and philanthropy leaders, social entrepreneurs, and policymakers to discuss emergent topics in the social impact arena.

Along with the NuLawLab, Social Justice Resource Center, and Social Enterprise Institute, SIL is a co-anchor of Northeastern’s new designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus and it will help expand and strengthen the university’s robust social innovation education ecosystem.

 

Meet Junior Summer Institute Alumni

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

Learn what it’s like to be a Junior Summer Institute Fellow from alumni. The deadline for this year’s upcoming Junior Summer Institute is November 1st, 2016. 

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute 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.

The 2017 Junior Summer Institute host institutions:

 

 

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Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I sought out PPIA because the program’s explicit intention to create more inclusive spaces and positions in the field of public policy and international affairs. As I did more research and  spoke with former PPIA fellows, I found my personal and career goals clearly aligned with the programs’ interests. Additionally, I desired an experience that would prepare me for graduate school and beyond.

What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment during the JSI experience was when we had a mid-summer BBQ picnic with the Woodrow Wilson faculty and students. It was a time to let our guard down, to take a break from exams and studying, and enjoy each other’s company. We ended up having a soul train line and the electric slide and other great tunes! We even got Gilbert (Director of Graduate Student Life) to get up and dance!

 How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

Since completing my JSI experience, I have continued to advocate and work with underrepresented students. Additionally, now equipped with the skill set, I hope to use my JSI experience to empower others and contribute to a more equitable and just society. I’m currently looking for PhD and masters programs that will help to me to achieve that goal.

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Sergio Rodriguez Camarena

Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, JSI 2015

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I was motivated to apply to the Junior Summer Institute fellowship program because I saw this as an opportunity to learn more about ways in which I can serve my community through policy crafting and education. To me, the fellowship seemed like the perfect platform to learn more about post-college opportunities and graduate school admissions and financial aid. I also could not pass the opportunity to experience intimate graduate-level courses and meet an entirely new network of future community leaders.

What was your most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment during my JSI experience was the final presentation for the International Relations workshop. My team worked on crafting policies that would eradicate the illicit drug market in Colombia through EU-US cooperation. When we all shared our policies to diplomats, ambassadors, and other international aid workers in Latin America, we were given helpful feedback in ensuring the sustainability of our policies and also, given praise for policies that were very well-thought out and put together. Being able to work with such a passionate group of people was rewarding.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

In the future, I am hoping to use the quantitative skills I gained from my statistics and economics class to formulate better and more-convincing arguments. By learning the language used in public policy, I can continue to advocate for my community while also having the ability to navigate the ins and outs of policy making.

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Melissa Candell

Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I applied to PPIA because I was interested in immersing myself in a diverse community that shared my same ambition to create equitable policies that benefit underrepresented populations. Additionally, I was intrigued by the structure of the program and the challenging graduate-level courses that it offered. Though what motivated me most was the fact that two of PPIA’s host institutions welcomed undocumented students, and after hearing that completing the program made graduate school possible for an undocumented alumna, I decided to pursue the application hoping that this could make graduate studies more attainable for myself as well.

What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was deciding to take a spontaneous day-trip to Washington Heights in NYC with two other fellows. I remember that although we were stressed out with homework, we decided it was absolutely pivotal to allocate some time for self-care. Needless to say, this trip helped us develop a stronger bond that we continue to cultivate up until this day.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

Being a JSI fellow made me realize that more undocumented students throughout the nation need to be aware of the great experience and benefits that come with completing this program; thus, I have been actively encouraging students to not fear applying because of their immigration status. Furthermore, JSI equipped me with valuable quantitative skills that I plan to use in the workforce to continue advocating for policies that are inclusive of immigrants and people of color. I have also started researching MPP and MPA programs and plan to apply in the near future.

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University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, JSI 2016 

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I was inspired by the mission of the PPIA program, and excited that it aligned with my interest in public service. I had in interest in public policy because of the environmental advocacy and programming work I was a part of, and got a taste of environmental policy while interning at the Forest Service after my sophomore year. So, doing PPIA after my junior year seemed like it would be the perfect timing and fit. And…it definitely was!

What was your most memorable moment?

My Michigan cohort took a few trips together, and I would say I made the most memories during those car rides and days spent together. Overall though, I love remembering moments when we were just laughing in class with our professors or making inside jokes. It’s always sweet to think back to those times!

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

I am so grateful for my JSI experience because I know it will really help me in my first year of graduate school in a MPP or MPA program. The policy classes broadened and deepened my perspective on a lot of social issues, and the perspectives I gained through conversing and writing really influence how I interact with and think about the world now. I know, now, that in the future I may not want to focus so intensely on environmental policy, but rather think generally about how climate change and environmental justice is a part of/embedded into every other policy area.

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University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

If having the opportunity to study policy for an entire summer with fellow policy wasn’t enough, I definitely couldn’t pass up the alumni network, graduate school application benefits, and the sense of camaraderie among JSI Fellows. This was something I knew I would enjoy because I enjoy policy, and there’s nothing better than doing something you love with other people who are equally passionate.

What was your most memorable moment?
The most memorable part of my JSI experience was definitely my team winning the policy recommendation contest at the Chicago Fed branch in Detroit. We took a field trip, and we all had the opportunity to look at different pieces of data and come up with a recommendation regarding interest rates. My team won, and it was an awesome feeling to know that I had gone from having a very limited knowledge of monetary policy to having a clear idea of what the Fed does, and the effect that their policies can have. We suggested an increase in interest rates and while our recommendation was only a simulation, Janet Yellen was (later) quoted as saying that the case for an increase in interest rates had “strengthened in recent months” which definitely validated what my group had recommended.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

I gained a new support system. I network of people who are happy when good things happen to me and who share their good news with me as well. I know that I have made lifelong friendships, aside from the how valuable this is, I also had the opportunity to improve my quantitative skills, which will be invaluable in the workplace. I’ve also had the opportunity to be exposed to graduate programs and different opportunities available to me. I know that I will use my experience for years to come.

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Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I was motivated to apply to the JSI fellowship program by a friend who is a PPIA alumnus. I heard nothing but positive things about the enriching and challenging summer experience. As a student of Public Policy who is passionate about problems affecting our country, I knew I had to apply!


What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment is from our weekend trip to Washington, DC. My International Relations workshop class accompanied Ambassador Gadsden to the State Department where we discussed pressing issues like Brexit and the conflict in Syria. Furthermore, we attended the 35th Anniversary reception and got to hear from civil rights leader Benjamin Jealous.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

I have been spreading the word about the JSI program. I want to use my JSI experience toward encouraging others to pursue careers in public service. After a summer of statistical analysis in Alice’s Intro to Statistics course, I landed a fellowship as a Data Analyst for my county government. My JSI fellowship provided me with invaluable training and quantitative skills that I’ll carry forward as I make my foray into a policy-making career.

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UC Berkeley – Goldman School of Public Policy, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I was motivated to apply because I have a strong commitment to racial equity, justice, and serving underserved communities of color.

What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was the long lasting friendships that I made that will carry me throughout my academic, personal, and professional career, In addition to all of the late night conversations, study jams, and nights out with the fellows.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

I never saw myself doing public policy, I was scared of statistics and economics because I come from a social science background and did a lot of community organizing work. However, PPIA has allowed me to feel confident in tackling these subjects and made the pursuit towards a Public Policy Graduate School program possible as a first generation and low income college student. Coming out, I am more confident about my future endeavors and I thank PPIA Berkeley for that.

 

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UC Berkeley – Goldman School of Public Policy, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I applied to the program to learn about what public policy was. The PPIA program gave me hands-on experience to what a public policy graduate program could feel like through not only the classes, but more importantly the sense of community from my PPIA cohort at Berkeley. Now, I feel like I can belong in an MPP program and find support once I’m there.

What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was the professional development trip, to Sacramento and San Francisco! It was great not only to attend panels, connect with PPIA alums and experience potential job opportunities, but also to bond with my cohort friends on the bus rides!

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

I am applying my policy writing skills from my JSI experience in my internship through the Department of Education! Through PPIA, I had opportunities to write policy memos and work in teams, and I’m putting those skills to practice now. In the future, I plan to use my JSI experience through utilizing the PPIA network to cultivate community wherever I go. I feel like I can find community wherever I go because the PPIA community is so extensive – it’s great to know there are supports for me wherever I take my life next.

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Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez

Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I was motivated to apply to JSI because I had heard about it from a close friend and mentor of mine. He had done a JSI the year before me and absolutely raved about it. I didn’t necessarily know what policy was at the time, or what a degree in policy is used for, and so I thought JSI would be a great place for me to explore public policy.

 

What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment of JSI was probably going on a4th of July trip to Philadelphia. It was a gloomy and rainy day (definitely not what people have in mind for4th of July), but being there with my cohort made all the difference. The other JSI students are extremely passionate and committed to social justice and public service, but they’re also just incredible people to hang out with. I have made some lifelong friendships at JSI which is probably one of the biggest takeaways of this program.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

I plan to use my JSI experience to remind myself that I can perform graduate level coursework and that I can excel in that environment. I’ll use this experience to think about what graduate school path I want to pursue and why. I also want to use my experience to encourage other students to apply to JSI- so that they too can have this unique opportunity!

Jonathan Yamasakijonathan-yamasaki

University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, JSI 2016

What motivated you to apply to the Junior Summit Institute fellowship program?

I became motivated in applying for the Junior Summer Institute because they offered a rare opportunity to study at some of the top universities in the country. I always had an interest in policy but was not sure where to look, until I found the PPIA JSI program which sparked my interest in discovering the various policy topics that the JSI covered.

What was your most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment was having lunch and talking with the professors from University of Michigan about policy, class lecture, or personal interest. I had such meaningful discussions with my statistics and international policy professor where sometimes I would reflect on what I can do to become a leader in public service.

How do you plan to use your JSI experience in the future?

The quantitative analysis I learned from my courses at UofM will prove most useful when I work for the Department of Education in the future. I plan to take what I learned in analyzing policy and statistics to help implement educational policy for the United States. I will also use my JSI experience to prepare for graduate school and the application process.

Ready to start your application? Apply to be a 2017 Junior Summer Institute Fellow

2017 Rangel Graduate Fellowship application virtual information sessions

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

The 2017 Rangel Fellowship application closes Monday, September 19th at 11:59PM EST and they will be hosting two virtual information sessions to discuss the Rangel Graduate Fellowship, including program elements and the application process.

They invite you and prospective applicants to join our Google Hangout on the following dates.
Thursday, August 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST Click here to join!
Monday, September 12, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST Click here to join!

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline. These supplemental materials include two letters of recommendation, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and Official Financial Aid Statement from the applicant’s senior year when applicable.

Below you will find a detailed description of the program. Please do not hesitate to e-mail at rangelprogram@howard.edu if you have questions.

About the Fellowship
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2017 must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at www.rangelprogram.org.

The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.     

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Fellowship Program opportunities

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at CFR, another institution in New York City or Washington, DC, or abroad. CFR is seeking applicants for four 2017–2018 fellowship competitions listed below:

 International Affairs Fellowship

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend of $95,000. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Canada

Launched in 2016, the IAF in Canada seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two U.S. citizens per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. The IAF in Canada is open only to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Canada relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months as well as a modest travel allowance. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.

The IAF in Japan, provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. While the IAF in Japan is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in International Economics

The IAF in International Economics offers business economists as well as university-based economics scholars hands-on experience in the U.S. government to expand their range of thinking and work on international economic policy. The program is open only to mid-career business economists and university-based economics scholars who have demonstrated commitment to a career in international economics and related fields. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and hold a PhD in economics or a closely related discipline. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend commensurate with the candidate’s experience in the range of $150,000 to $175,000, as well as a modest allowance for relocation expenses. CFR awards one fellowship annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

Website: www.cfr.org/fellowships

Contact: fellowships@cfr.org