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College Students Explore Public Service at Junior Summer Institute at Princeton

August 22nd, 2019

The Junior Summer Institute at Princeton — hosted by the Woodrow Wilson School since 1985 — prepares college students from diverse backgrounds for graduate study and careers in public service. This year’s participants represented 28 colleges and universities across the U.S., pursuing 23 majors. They are from 17 U.S. states and seven countries: Ghana, Haiti, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, Syria and Vietnam.

The roundtable was one element of the 2019 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI), held annually at Princeton and hosted by the Woodrow Wilson School since 1985. The goal of the seven-week program is to prepare students from historically underrepresented, diverse backgrounds for graduate study and careers in public policy. Through rigorous, high-level academic courses, participants experience how a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) can help them become future public service leaders. Selected through a competitive application process, students engage in a curriculum of writing, critical thinking, public speaking and quantitative reasoning skills — all of which are essential for the explanation, evaluation and development of public policy in domestic and international spheres.

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