2024 Incoming Fellows

Welcome to the Princeton Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

The goal of the program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for graduate study and careers in public policy. We believe that by encouraging a diverse cadre of leaders to consider careers in public service, we will strengthen the leadership capacity of government and nonprofit organizations throughout the world.

During the duration of the program, students will receive intensive training in a variety of topics including policy analysis and writing, quantitative skills, communication skills and leadership.

The program will be delivered in-person during the Summer of 2024.

Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Dates: Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, July 28, 2024.


The curriculum this year will be divided into two components of study: policy analysis and writing and quantitative methods.

For policy analysis and writing, the program includes a Policy Workshop on Global Systemic Risk that focuses on

  1. the study of globalization and the interdependence of massive global interactions,
  2. the risks associated with the fragility of global human-made organizational systems and
  3. the implications for domestic and international crisis (e.g., pandemics, crisis related to energy exploration and production, healthcare, food and water supplies, transportation networks, commerce, and finance).

Students will meet regularly throughout the duration of the program and will be responsible for weekly memos, in addition to a series of data analysis assignments. These assignments will use the statistical tools that students will be learning in their quantitative courses at JSI.

Students will end the Policy Workshop on Global Systemic Risk with a final capstone project.

We will also offer two levels of statistics, Intro-Intermediate and Advanced and a precept that will focus on R (software for statistical computing and graphics). For these courses, students will meet on a daily basis which includes precepts. Students will also have access to daily tutoring sessions which come at no cost for the students.

Co-curricular programing includes talks from policy practitioners and alums, informational sessions on fellowships and professional opportunities and weekly community building activities.