2018 Public Policy Camps


The Public Policy Camp is an initiative to introduce the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, as well as increase the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.

After our inaugural camp at George Washington University, we are thrilled to announce two upcoming Public Policy Camps:

Syracuse University
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

September 28, 2018

UC Riverside
School of Public Policy

September 28, 2018

Stay tuned for registration information coming soon!

Syracuse University Maxwell School

The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is both pleased and honored to partner with APPAM to host a 2018 Policy Camp in support of the vital mission of introducing the public policy field to promising young students of color to ensure that diverse perspectives are represented in leadership roles at the policy table.

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy and public administration. The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, is home to one of the nation’s premier graduate programs in public administration, policy and international affairs.  These professionally oriented master’s degree programs (MPA and MA International Relations) are offered alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences.  Maxwell scholars and students conduct wide-ranging research through nine interdisciplinary research centers, each focused on a topical area within public affairs, such as social and economic policy, conflict and collaboration, public wellness, aging, energy and environment, national security, and regional studies, among others.

UC Riverside School of Public Policy

“We strongly believe that more college students need to be exposed to the field of public policy, so they can understand how evidence-based, innovative policies can address some of the biggest challenges facing societies around the world today," said UCR SPP Dean Anil Deolalikar. "This is why we are so eager to host APPAM’s Public Policy Camp here at UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy. We are confident the camp will generate strong interest among bright, idealistic students with a commitment to public service in pursuing graduate studies – and eventually careers – in public policy.”

Established in 2012, the UC Riverside (UCR) School of Public Policy is home to the only undergraduate public policy program in the ten-campus University of California system, as well as the only Master of Public Policy program offered by a major research university in inland Southern California. With its motto, “Solutions for the Region, Solutions for the World,” the UCR School of Public Policy is distinctive in its focus on addressing the big policy challenges facing California – and in particular the inland region – while placing an emphasis on applying policy lessons learned from other parts of the nation and the world to solving California’s problems. For more information, visit spp.ucr.edu.

2017 Inaugural Camp

APPAM hosted the inaugural Public Policy Camp in Washington, DC last September. Nearly 50 promising underrepresented undergraduate students from around the DC area were recruited for the event. They joined policy academics, practitioners, and researchers for a full day of discussion focusing on the study of public policy and analysis, what a career in policy might look like and how diversity impacts graduate studies and career paths.

The programing for the day was a mix of interactive/participatory programming for the students at individual tables, coupled with an opening and lunch plenary session for the entire group. During lunch, the group heard from a panel of APPAM members who work in the policy field, in a variety of positions. They took questions from the students, gave their best advice and talked about how their diverse backgrounds impacted their career and education choices. The day ended with an ice cream social and networking.

Read about the full event here.


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