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The Junior Summer Institute application is now closed. Applicants will receive an update by February 9, 2024.
What is PPIA?
The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit organization that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in graduate studies in public policy and international affairs, and public service for over 40 years.
Staff & Leadership
Saran Fina Sidime (she/her), Communications & Outreach Program Manager
Michael Paniagua (they/them), Program Assistant
Board of Directors
Sophal Ear, Interim Chiar
Leigh Morris Sloan, Vice Chair
Josh Diosomito, Secretary
Albert Beckford Jones, Chiar Emeritus
Richard Xavier Corral
Sandra Susan Smith
Carmen Iezzi Mezzera
Gladys Perez Sriprasert
Anne Campbell Washington
Alumni Advisory Council
Magaly N. López, Co-Chair
LaSandra Hutchinson, Co-Chair
Junior Summer Institute
Are you an undergrad interested in a career in public service? The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is the perfect place to start!
Public Service Weekends
Looking to host a PSW?
Public Service Weekends are free, three-day conferences held across the country each summer and fall. The conferences aim to introduce students and recent post-grads to the broad range of opportunities available in public service.
Public Service Weekends for the new year will be announced in February 2024.
Public Service Expo
Learn about opportunities furthering the common good.
Grad School Consortium
PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 50 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county.
These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in public service and support our fellows in their pursuit of graduate education.
Alumni of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute who apply for admission to member schools are guaranteed application fee waivers and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school. Many institutions have provided financial assistance well above this level (including 100% tuition scholarships and generous stipend support).
Preparing for the next generation of diverse leaders!
We are proud to announce our current strategic planning process. To strengthen our strategic direction, PPIA has contracted with Aropa Consulting, led by JSI Alumnus Rosalind Zavras. We anticipate completing strategic planning by Summer 2024.
If you have any questons about our strategic planning process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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