PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Personal Statements

Each essay will be submitted through an online form. We suggest that you write and spell check your answers ahead of time so that you can copy and paste them into the appropriate fields.

Summary of Employment History

This is a short statement that summarizes your work experience.

History of Volunteer Service

This statement will describe your community service/volunteer experience, including activities on campus. In your response, include the organization, dates you were involved in each activity, and any key achievements related to your involvement.

Part I (All Applicants):

Please prepare a statement of up to 2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font describing the following:

  • Your public service career goals.
  • How your background has influenced those goals – you may include family, community, education, obstacles that you have overcome and other relevant life and work experiences.
  • How participating in a PPIA Junior Summer Institute and pursuing your graduate degree will help you achieve those goals.

Part II (All Applicants):

Please prepare a brief statement, approximately 1 page, double-spaced, 12-point font answering the following:

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes strive to cultivate the development of future leaders equipped to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds in a multicultural society. What experiences will you bring to this program that will enable your fellow participants to have a fuller understanding of your commitment to public service, cross-cultural and social issues?

Part III (All Applicants):

Please prepare a statement of up to 2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font describing the following:

  • Given your interest in PPIA, why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy, and what do you intend to do with this degree?
  • If admitted, what specific skills do you want to gain this summer?

Part IV (All Applicants):

Please prepare a brief statement, approximately 1 page, double-spaced, 12-point font about the following:

Your experience working with diverse communities, particularly American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Additional Essays (UC Berkeley Law and  Carnegie Mellon, Policy + Data Analytics)

UC Berkeley Law

Please prepare a brief statement, approximately 1 page, double-spaced, 12-point font about the following:

  • Your interests for wanting to pursue joint degrees in law and public policy, what skills you would be seeking to acquire and how you will apply such skills to further your public service career goals.

Carnegie Mellon, Policy + Data Analytics

Please prepare a brief statement, approximately 1 page, double-spaced, 12-point font about the following:

  • Please describe your interests for wanting to pursue a policy + data analytics degree and how you will apply such skills to further your public service career goals.