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PPIA Junior Summer Institute

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a national fellowship program that prepares students for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. The PPIA-JSI is a rigorous seven-week training offered each summer for rising college seniors, with coursework focused on quantitative, analytical, and communication skills.

From a highly selective and competitive national application pool, the composition of each PPIA-JSI class reflects academic, ethnic, regional, sexual orientation, gender, religious belief, and age diversity, as well as the potential and demonstrated leadership necessary to positively impact the public sector.ppia-float.png

Core coursework for the PPIA-JSI reflects the multidisciplinary approach and quantitative focus for which Heinz College has become known. Additional components of the program include leadership development, site visits, and guest speakers.

Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College has hosted a PPIA-JSI since 2004, and we are committed to providing students with solid skills to prepare them for graduate study in public policy.

In addition to our traditional policy-focused JSI track, Heinz College offers a first-of-its-kind Data Analytics JSI track for students who are passionate about using big data and analytics to address societal problems.

Students who successfully complete any PPIA-JSI and are admitted to any of Heinz College's full-time master's program will receive a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend of $8,000 per year.

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Students will be enrolled in three courses during the Junior Summer Institute, and a micro-course.

In addition to learning from our world-renowned faculty, PPIA students will be exposed to research activities from our leading research centers, including the Block Center for Technology and Society, Metro21 Smart Cities Institute, and Traffic21 Transportation Research Institute.

Coursework may include:

For more information about co-curricular activities, including our annual cohort trip to Washington, D.C., professional development, and career services support, please visit our program page at

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