PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Public Service Weekends

PPIA’s mission and overall focus is to increase the participation and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups at the highest level of public sector leadership. NASPAA, the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs, supports these goals and shares PPIA’s vision in creating a new generation of diverse students to enter graduate programs and pursue careers in public service.  PPIA is thrilled to announce the Public Service Weekends being planned in 2016 to introduce more students to the wide range of opportunities available in the field of public service.


Everyone Has a Role to Play: Explore your options for a Public Service Career
School of Global Policy & Strategy at University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
April 22 – 23, 2017

This free regional conference is open to 28 undergraduate students from Southern California.  Students will spend that weekend at University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy learning about life in the public sector and the pathways to getting there.

Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University
Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA
July 21 – 23, 2017

More application details coming soon!

The Humphrey School at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN
November 3 – 5, 2017

More application details coming soon!


Let Your Voice Be Heard: A Next Generation Conference for Undergraduates
Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College Washington, DC
July 29 – July 31, 2016

This regional conference is open to undergraduate students who will be living and working in the Washington DC Metro area this summer. We will select fifty students to:

  • Attend engaging public policy discussions
  • Learn about the skills you need to create real opportunity for your career
  • Participate in a team competition to develop policy recommendations for the 45th President

Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service
School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University – Bloomington
October 20 – October 23, 2016

This national conference is open to undergraduates interested in exploring a future in public service.

Turning Passion Into Action: A Conference for the Next Generation of Public Service Leaders
Binghamton University
October 28 – October 30, 2016

This regional conference is open to undergraduates in the Northeast region.