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 time, students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of life experiences have come to campus to further their commitment to public service. The program’s mission is to increase leadership opportunities for future global policy leaders in both the public and nonprofit sectors. We believe that by encouraging a diverse cadre of leaders who are culturally aware and socially sensitive to consider careers in public service, we will strengthen the leadership capacity of government and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. The goal of the program is to prepare students for future graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. Participants are provided with the tools of critical thinking, speaking, writing, and quantitative reasoning and with the skills and experiences necessary to create, analyze, implement, evaluate, and change policy in a multicultural, multiethnic society.

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 will be able to present a comprehensive final report on a current policy issue that will encompass the skills acquired in their coursework, policy analysis and writing.


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.


Application deadline November 1, 2017
Admission notification February 1, 2018
Program begins June 13, 2018
Program ends August 3, 2018

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.