PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Public Service Weekend – USC Price School of Public Policy

Defending Our Communities: The Role of Social Justice in Public Service

Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California: Los Angeles, California
Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Do you want to have an impact in your community?
Are you passionate about equity and social justice?
If your response is yes, then this may be the opportunity for you!

What to expect:
Apply to attend this free student conference that will introduce you to the rewarding career of public service and the vital role that it plays in promoting social justice and equity in our communities.

  • How can you make an impact? Panels and group discussions with students, faculty, and alumni working in the public sector will expose you to the myriad ways that you can make a difference in your community through public service.
  • Why is social justice important in public service? Public servants have a responsibility to improve the quality of life for all members of our communities. Experiential learning through a case study will challenge you to think about how you can address policy issues while achieving equitable outcomes.
  • What do you need to know to pursue a career in public service? Activities will include professional development, guidance on how to apply to graduate school, and real world skills development such as data analysis, community engagement, and public speaking.

Los Angeles is an exciting living and learning laboratory. This free 3 day conference will provide you with an educational experience in an urban city that is improving communities through innovation and social change. Our society currently faces challenges that call on a new generation of creative thinkers and doers to explore beyond the status quo. Learn how you can be a future change maker through public service.

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, a legal permanent resident, or qualify for the DREAM Act. Participants will be undergraduate sophomores or juniors at a 2 or 4-year college or university with interest in the public sector living in the following states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Preference will be given to underrepresented students. All majors welcome.

“Equity and Public Service” is co-sponsored by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and the national organizations PPIA and NASPAA.

Priority Application Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 4, 2018

Final Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 25, 2018

Conference Application

  • Priority Application Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 4, 2018
  • Final Deadline: 11:59 pm CST on May 25, 2018
  • Race/Ethnicity

  • Personal Statements

  • Required Documents