PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Public Service Weekend – Heinz College Washington DC

Leadership in the Age of Smart Cities

How Data and Technology are Impacting Equity in Urban Communities

Apply to attend the Public Service Weekend hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at their Washington DC location. This conference is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn about potential careers in public policy, network with students and professionals in the DC area, and explore ways in which technology can help make communities more sustainable, efficient, and equitable.


  • Inspiration and Insight: Learn about innovative solutions to address issues of equity in urban centers
  • Critical Leadership Skills in Public Policy: The conference workshops will engage you in critical leadership skills needed in the public sector
  • Prepare and Apply to Graduate School: The graduate school panel will allow you to connect with a panel Admissions Directors from PPIA schools to learn about opportunities to pursue graduate school programs in public policy and international affairs
  • Team Challenge: Our team challenge will provide you with the opportunity to work with an experienced mentor and other attendees to develop an innovative solution to a societal issue.

The Public Service Weekend conference seeks applicants who are currently pursuing or are recent graduates of bachelor degree programs and who are motivated to become the next generation of leaders in public policy.

  • Rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and recent graduates (1 year) in the Washington, DC Metro Area during the summer of 2018
  • Traditionally underrepresented students are encouraged to apply
  • All majors are welcome

Friday, July 20, 2018 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm attend the Public  Service Expo at the Marvin Center
Friday, July 20 (evening) – Sunday, July 22, 2018
Heinz College Washington, DC (near Union Station)

Priority Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 01, 2018

Final Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 22, 2018

Conference Application

  • Priority Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 1, 2018 Final Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 22, 2018
  • Summer 2018 Internship Information

  • Required Documents

  • Personal Statements

  • Optional Video Essay

  • Prepare a one-minute video that lets the selection committee know who you are, what you do well, and what you are looking to achieve in your career. Please note that the video (and audio) must be of the applicant (not a proxy). If there is more than one person in the video, please clarify which person is the applicant. What you do or say is totally up to you as long as you provide the information requested. If all else is equal, an applicant with a video essay will have a slight advantage over an otherwise identical applicant without a video essay. Upload the video to an easily accessible website (such as YouTube) and give us the URL and any required access codes in the appropriate fields within the application for admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to correctly configure the security and access settings for the video. We recommend that the applicant use the strongest privacy settings available while still allowing access to the committee’s members. If using YouTube, we suggest using the “Unlisted Video” setting so that only individuals who have the URL can view it. The applicant is also responsible for adhering to the terms and conditions of the website used to share the video essay. We are unable to watch videos that come in any form other than a URL link. We will not accept videos sent by email or on DVD through the mail.