Public Policy and Leadership Conference

February 18-21, 2016

What is the Public Policy and Leadership Conference?
The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs.

Why Attend PPLC?
Harvard Kennedy School will be offering its 15th annual spring conference for first- and second-year undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in public service. These include careers in federal, state, or local government, and work in the nonprofit sector or in international agencies. Our goal is also to provide information on various fellowship opportunities. Visit our resources page to learn more about individual fellowships.

Who Attends PPLC?
The conference aims to attract students from groups underrepresented in public policy and international affairs to help increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically underrepresented and underserved communities and, people of color. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations, and meals. The conference is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA recipients, who are in their first or second year of undergraduate studies only.

Selection Criteria
Conference participants will be selected based on good academic standing as well as demonstrated commitment to public service. Commitment to public service will be measured through student leadership and activism, participation in the civic aspects of school or community, and volunteer commitments in high school and college. Please include this information on your résumé.

Apply to the 2016 PPLC

PPLC 2016

Apply to the 2016 PPLC. Applications are due Tuesday, November 10, 2015. 

Read what PPLC alumni have to say about their experiences attending the Public Policy and Leadership Conference. 

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