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2018 Public Policy Camp


Request for Proposals to Host the 2018 Public Policy Camp

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.

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.

2018 Public Policy Camp

APPAM would like to host another Public Policy Camp event in the Fall and is requesting proposals from institutional members to host the event. Hosting the camp is a great opportunity to:

  • Meet and network with a promising group of underrepresented undergraduates that are interested in graduate school in public policy or public affairs.
  • Promote the field of public policy and public affairs.
  • Show off your campus, faculty and program to potential students.


In order to submit a proposal for consideration, a school must:
  • Be able to host the event in the Fall, during the week, at some point between mid-September to mid-October.
  • Provide meeting space (one room able to accommodate up to 100 people in rounds, one room for a reception) on a complimentary or discounted basis.
  • Have relationships with other schools in the area from which to draw potential students. For example, the 2017 Public Policy Camp included undergraduate students from five DC area schools.
  • Have connections with area policy researchers, practitioners and other professionals to recruit to act as participants on panels and as table leaders for the Public Policy Camp. For example, the 2017 Public Policy Camp included professionals from the University of Virginia, MDRC, the Lab@DC, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, American University, University of Maryland and Urban Institute.

APPAM will cover all the expenses associated with the event but will need the partner school to take the lead on recruitment of students and panelists. APPAM will provide all the administrative and logistical support to accomplish this task.


Submitting a Proposal

The proposal deadline has passed. Stay tuned for the announcement of locations and dates!

Proposals must include:

  • Suggested Dates: Any dates during the week between mid-September and mid-October will be considered.
  • Suggested Locations: Please provide buildings within your school’s campus that the Public Policy Camp could be hosted and what potential costs, if any, might be.
  • Area Schools: Please include area schools with which you have a relationship and could recruit underrepresented undergraduate student participants.
  • Area Connections within the Public Policy Community: Please include a strategy for drawing from the local public policy community for speakers to participate as table leaders/panelists for the day.

Please submit proposals to Tara Sheehan, Download a PDF of the submission requirements. Any questions? Email Tara directly.


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