PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Program Overview

The Woodrow Wilson School has hosted the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at Princeton University for over 30 years. In this period, students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of life experiences have come to campus to further their commitment to public service.

The goal of the program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds — including underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and students from families with lower socio-economic status — for graduate study and careers in public policy.  We believe that by encouraging a diverse cadre of leaders to consider careers in public service, we will strengthen the leadership capacity of government and nonprofit organizations throughout the world.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing, and public speaking.  At the end of the seven-week program, students present a comprehensive final report on a current policy issue that that draws on the skills acquired in their coursework, policy analysis and writing.

*Competitive applicants will have completed at least one course in college-level economics, mathematics, or statistics; or AP/IB calculus, economics, or statistics and have junior or senior standing in an accredited U.S. college after completing the summer institute.



Required coursework will include seven weeks of classroom instruction in:

  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis (intro/intermediate and advanced level courses offered)
  • Economics for Policy Analysis (intro/intermediate and advanced level courses offered)
  • Policy Writing and Analysis
  • Policy Workshop (International and Domestic) – Students will choose either a domestic or internationally-focused course focusing on a current public policy issue

Students will participate in in lunch meetings and seminars with practitioners and researchers on a range of topics.  Field trips and social activities offer enrichment as well.

The student stipend for the 2018 summer institute is $1,500, plus an additional $600 in meal vouchers.  Students also receive housing and reimbursement for domestic travel to and from the program.

Calendar – TBD

Contact Information

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University
222 Robertson Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1013

Phone: (609) 258-4836
E-mail: wwsjsi@princeton.edu
To learn more please visit Princeton’s website here.