PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Public Service Weekend



A Next Generation Conference for Undergraduates

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31
Washington, DC

Engage with peers and policy leaders
Learn how to craft a career with impact
Compete with other students to send policy recommendations to the 45TH President

This summer you decided to come to Washington, DC — because you want to experience the nation’s capital, and learn how to make a difference. Or, you already live here and have decided you want to take advantage of what Washington has to offer.

At Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College Washington DC we have a weekend you may be interested in attending. In partnership with The Public Policy & International Affairs Program and NASPAA, we are hosting an interactive conference from Friday, the 29th to Sunday the 31st  where attendees will hear speakers and learn from experts on public policy issues that include technology & society, government gridlock, climate change, and education.

At the 2016 Conference for Diversity & Impact 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

Three of the five teams will take home cash prizes (ranging from $500 – $2,000 per team) and will be included in a video message to the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, who will have just been nominated at the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Society is changing. Critics say government isn’t responding fast enough. How should the next President meet these challenges? As the next generation entering the policy arena how do you make your voice heard? How do you guarantee a diverse set of voices? And what skills will you need to make the decisions instead of reading about them?

Our complete schedule will be up in a few weeks. Consider applying to join us for the chance to earn some summer cash, deliver a message to the next President — and to think about how you can prepare yourself for leadership and making an impact. We hope to see you in July.

NOTE: The program does not provide transportation or travel support to DC and is aimed at students already residing in Washington for a summer internship, fellowships, or undergraduate level education.

Priority Application Deadline: 11:59pm ET on May 30, 2016

Final Deadline: 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2016