PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Moving the World Forward

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“Everybody can be great, because anyone can serve.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Do you want to explore your future in public service? Apply to attend a free 4-day weekend conference just for college students who want to move the world forward! Motivated students from diverse backgrounds will gather at Indiana University, October 20-23, 2016, to learn how they pursue a career, or get a degree, in public service. They’ll hear from renowned thinkers and leaders in public service, participate in cultural and recreational activities on the beautiful Bloomington campus, and meet new friends from across the country.

Public service can includes many different careers. It means working in the federal, state, or local government and or for a nonprofit, international relief group, or one of thousands of organizations in health care, community development, education, environmental science, the arts, and more. No matter what, those in public service are engaged daily in the sometimes difficult – but always rewarding – work of moving the world forward.

IMG_004Who is the conference for?

If you believe in the importance of having leaders from diverse groups, have completed at least one year of college and are doing well in your courses, and can envision yourself pursuing graduate studies in public affairs and/or immersed in a career dedicated toward moving the world forward through public service, you should apply!  Preference will be given to applications received by May 31, 2016. Applicants will be notified if they are selected in early August.

What will the Indiana University conference be like?

It will be a substantive and challenging four-day weekend, involving seminars, debates and activities that will introduce you to a range of careers in public service, such as nonprofits, arts administration, healthcare, environmental policy, all led by outstanding IU faculty, alumni and community leaders.

It will also be fun and exciting!

What’s the fun part?
The conference will include social and cultural activities every day. There will be many opportunities to get to know fellow attendees from across the country. You’ll also have access to Indiana University’s large and beautiful campus. You’ll be able to work out in the rec center, go to a play, hear live music, and engage with students at IU’s African-American, Asian, Latino and First Nations Cultural Centers. The conference will be held at the vibrant and historic student center in the heart of the campus.


Why Indiana University?

Centrally located and less than an hour from the Indianapolis International Airport, Bloomington is accessible from everywhere. Travel costs for all participants are covered by the program. The conference host school, IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is known around the world and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top public affairs school in the nation.  Indiana University is a renowned center for the study of languages and cultures, business, music, and many other disciplines.


Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, a legal permanent resident or qualify for the DREAM Act. Must also be a current student at a 2 or 4 year US college or university. Preference will be given to rising sophomores and juniors.

The final application deadline is June 30, 2016 with priority given to applications received by May 31, 2016.


Moving the World Forward is co-sponsored by Indiana University, the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the national organizations PPIA and NASPAA.