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Our Junior Summer Institute application is now closed. All applicants received decisions to personal emails on February 2, 2024. 

Check your spam for a response before  emailing ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org

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 for public policy, international affairs, and public service for over 40 years. 

PPIA believes that our democracy will be stronger, less polarized, and more trustworthy when we ensure those entering public service are more representative, compassionate, and inclusive of American identities and global experiences.

Our Vision

A thriving and equitable world uplifted by visionary, inclusive, and compassionate leaders.

Our Mission

Cultivate the next generations of diverse public service and international affairs professionals by investing in their education, essential skills, and networks to effect domestic and global change.

Our Programs

We offer an assortment of rigorous academic fellowship programs for undergraduates looking to advance their careers in public service. Beyond that we offer an assortment of public service expos, conferences and consortiums.

 Questions? Send us an email!

Staff & Leadership


Estevan Daniel Delgado (he/him), Executive Director

Diana Essex-Lettieri (she/her), Interim Deputy Director

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

Yingling Fan

Richard Xavier Corral

Dustin Castro

Sandra Susan Smith

Ranjan Daniels

Peniel Joseph

Debra Lam

Angel Wright-Lanier

Carmen Iezzi Mezzera

Danielle Callaway-Njama

Leslie Ofori

Carleen Vincent-Robinson

Jodi Sandfort

Gladys Perez Sriprasert

Rayna Truelove

Anne Campbell Washington 

Alumni Advisory Council

Magaly N. López, Co-Chair

LaSandra Hutchinson, Co-Chair

Junior Summer Institute

The next Junior Summer Institute application cycle opens September 2024. 

Are you an undergrad interested in a career in public service? The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is the perfect place to start!

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute before their senior year. 

During the JSI summer program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Public Service Weekends

Looking to host a PSW? 

Learn more here!

Public Service Weekends are free, three-day conferences held across the country each summer and fall. The conferences aim to introduce college students and recent post-grads to the broad range of opportunities available in public service. 

2024 Public Service Weekend Dates

1. University of Pittsburgh: School of Public and International Affairs

2. George Washington University: Elliott and Trachtenberg Schools

3.  University of Chicago: Harris School

4. University of Pittsburgh: School of Public and International Affairs

4. Carnegie Mellon University: Heinz College

5. University of Texas at Austin: LBJ School

6. Virginia Commonwealth University: Wilder School

7. UCLA: Luskin School

8. University at Albany, SUNY: Rockefeller College

9. UC Riverside: School of Public Policy

10. UC San Diego: School of Global Policy and Strategy 

11. George Mason University: Schar School

PSW applications and finalized dates will be updated on a rolling basis. Additional Public Service Weekends and applications for 2024 will be announced as they are released.

Public Service Expo

Learn about opportunities furthering the common good. 

Our expos and fairs bring together representatives from the nation’s top graduate programs in public policy and international affairs and employers seeking highly qualified individuals who are committed to public service under one roof.

Our 2024 Public Service Expo will be held on Friday, July 12, 2024 in Washington, DC. 

Grad School Consortium

Signup or renew your institution's membership today!

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, access, and belonging in public service. They also support our fellows and scholars 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).

Click here to view the list of institutions in our Graduate School Consortium.

Strategic Planning

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 ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org


Become a sustaining donor!

Please consider supporting PPIA with a recurring monthly donation. For more than 40 years, PPIA has been building a pipeline to public service for students from diverse backgrounds. Our alumni are making their mark and effecting change in every sector. Your tax-deductible contribution will help PPIA continue its work through our Junior Summer Institutes, national outreach and education campaigns, and alumni engagement. Your monthly contribution ensures that PPIA is able to continue our important work.

Employer Donation Matching

Many employers offer to match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Ask your management or HR representative if your company has a matching program and how you can have your donation to PPIA matched. Please donate online and then request a matching gift form from your employer. Send your completed and signed form via email to ppia.office@ppiaprogram.org.

Donate by mail

You can also mail a check made out to PPIA Fellowship Program to:

PPIA Program
3005 S Lamar Blvd

Suite D105, PMB# 181

Austin, Texas 78704

The Public Policy & International Affairs Program is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Our EIN is 52-2242998. 



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