PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Our Partners


For over 30 years PPIA has been supporting efforts nationally to increase diversity in public service and international affairs by reaching out to high-potential undergraduate students from underrepresented groups.

Why support PPIA?

PPIA is a worthy cause to be a part of because of the caliber of alumni that the Junior Summer Institute (our signature program) produces. Many of these students subsequently pursue graduate degrees and careers in public and/or international affairs. Our alumni have gone on to work in a multitude of fields including education, law, media and communications, political affairs and international development. Our alumni can be found in every sector and level of leadership. Some are even holding public office!

How does PPIA standout amongst other diversity initiatives?

The PPIA Program is the largest diversity initiative of its kind in the nation. We believe that in order to ensure that the policies being made on a national and global level are reflective of the needs of all kinds of people, diversity of the policy-makers is essential. The strong community of alumni that PPIA builds is steadily growing into a distinguishable network of committed, innovative and respected professionals across the globe.

How does PPIA make a difference?

Junior Summer Institutes

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 30 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs.


Each year PPIA hosts a Public Service Expo in Washington D.C. to connect talent with opportunities. The EXPO brings together representatives of the nation’s top graduate programs in public policy and international affairs and employers seeking highly qualified individuals to join their teams. It is attended by a diverse pool of both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in making an impact through public service.


Through our website PPIA provides information about graduate school programs in public policy and international affairs. We also maintain a database of fellowships and scholarships that students can consider to build their professional experience and support them through graduate school.

How is PPIA funded and how can we contribute to its mission?

PPIA is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization. We are funded through membership dues from our Graduate School Consortium and donations from individuals who share our commitment to supporting diversity at the highest levels. By making a tax-deductible donation you can help us sustain and expand our programs to reach more students and provide support through scholarships and grants.