PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Public Service Weekend – Heinz College Washington DC


A Next Generation Conference for Undergraduates

Technology and Societal Change

What Leaders of Tomorrow Need to Know Today

Technological innovations are transforming our communities fast — bringing promise to some but leaving too many far behind. Successful leaders of tomorrow will need to shape policy and develop solutions to address questions like:

  • How can technology be used to close the educational achievement gaps?
  • What will the workforce look like in the age of automation?
  • How can technology be used to make cities smarter?
  • Can algorithms discriminate?


  • Keynotes and presentations from leading thinkers and practitioners
  • Hands-on interactive workshops with Heinz faculty to learn the tools of innovative problem solving
  • The opportunity to network with other young public interest leaders in Washington
  • Information sessions and the opportunity to meet and network with alumni from  public policy and international affairs graduate schools
  • A Challenge competition where students work in teams to develop their policy solutions – The top three teams will earn awards of up to $500 per student

Undergraduate students (rising Juniors and Seniors preferred) living in the DC Metro area this summer or recent graduates not enrolled in graduate school. Whether you live in DC full time or will only be in town for the summer!

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23, 2017
Heinz College Washington, DC (near Union Station)

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 30, 2017

Conference Application

  • Application Deadline: 11:59pm EST on June 30, 2017
  • Summer 2017 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.