Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Preparing undergraduates for advanced study and careers in public policy and international affairs

Part of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program, the UW Evans School’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) will provide undergraduate students across disciplines with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in public and international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in public service fields, and enhanced knowledge and skills to support their future pursuit of careers in public policy.  The program is open to students who are entering their senior year of undergraduate study/

About the Evans School JSI Program

The UW Evans School’s JSI program is a rigorous seven-week summer program with a curriculum that includes economics, quantitative methods, policy analysis implementation & evaluation, and leadership & community engagement – all designed to sharpen students’ quantitative, analytic, and leadership skills. At the end of the program, students present a comprehensive final report on a current domestic or international policy issue that draws on the skills acquired in their coursework in policy analysis and implementation. 

Evans School JSI participants will also gain exposure to the breadth and richness of public service in the Pacific Northwest through experiential learning opportunities, including mentorship, shadowing public service professionals, and engagement with community-based practitioners, regional leaders, and elected officials.  

The Evans School JSI program is designed to broaden participants’ academic and professional horizons. In addition to interacting with and learning from talented peers, JSI participants learn to analyze and evaluate international and domestic policies under the guidance of experienced policy practitioners and academics. The combination of analytic skills and substantive knowledge about contemporary policy issues will provide undergraduates with excellent preparation for graduate programs in public policy. Read more.

As one of the innovation centers in the United States, Seattle and the state of Washington is a vibrant site for in-depth exploration of how to advance policy innovation.  The Junior Summer Institute hosted at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance will focus upon inspiring public service and showing how public policy – from its origin to its implementation – can be democratized.   

Like other JSI sites, there is required coursework over the seven-week program.  Each scholar will benefit from classroom instruction in: 


The course combines a multi-disciplinary approach to policy analysis, with focused study on the use of economic tools to analyze policy issues. JSI scholars will gain in-depth knowledge of economic theory and data analysis to help them examine economic and complex social policies.  


In this course, scholars will learn common analytical approaches to improving policy, programs, and implementation systems.  An overview of policy analysis, (including cost benefit analysis and needs assessment), implementation analysis, (including policy field and organizational audits), and program evaluation, (including process and outcome approaches) will provide a comprehensive menu for exploring the challenges that face society and means for developing appropriate solutions.   


In this course, we will explore the basics of formulating research questions and assessing how to assess which statistical tools or research methods are appropriate to answer different types of policy or management questions.   


In this course, we focus on community engaged leadership where JSI scholars can cultivate the practical skills required to lead in public, not-for-profit and business organizations.  Central to this approach are practices that engage others – both in organizations and in larger communities – to create capacity to address societal challenges through public policy. 

These courses will be threaded together by consideration of relevant and timely cases of policy innovation happening in Washington staff.  Some potential cases include responding to homelessness, reforming policing and supporting community safety, and improving conditions for migrant farmer workers.   


Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Pacific Northwest and its leaders through a unique mentoring program experience and seminars with the region’s public policy and administration professionals. Our admissions and career development teams will coach fellows through career and graduate school exploration. In the evenings and weekends, students can enjoy the vibrant city of Seattle and neighboring cities with hikes, tours, and meals. Additional opportunities including:

  • Shadowing/mentoring program 
  • Leadership & professional development seminars 
  • Career planning workshop
  • Regional sightseeing  

Application deadline: November 1, 2021

Notification: February 1, 2022

Program begins: Mid-June 2022

Program concludes: Early August 2022

Scholars enrolled in the Evans School JSI receive a $1,000 stipend, meals, housing, and reimbursement for travel to and from the program. Participants live on campus, in shared rooms in the UW dormitories.

PPIA Fellows who successfully complete any PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and who are admitted to the Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program at the Evans School will receive a scholarship.

Evans JSI participants enjoy the many benefits of studying in the beautiful Seattle and Pacific Northwest region within reach to the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and so much more.  Learn more about the region here.

In addition, participants have access to a wide range of student resources provided by the University of Washington. View a complete summary on the University’s Student Life website.

PPIA Junior Summer Institute

Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

4105 George Washington Lane NE

Parrington Hall, Box 353055

Seattle, WA 98105

ppia@uw.edu |

Applicants must:

  • Have completed at least one course in college-level economics, mathematics, or statistics; or an AP/IB calculus, economics, or statistics course.
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December 2022 and August 2023 from an accredited U.S. college; this includes international students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to a career in public or international affairs.

Application requirements

Applicants must upload the following materials to the online application(link is external). (If these documents are not already in electronic form, please scan them before you begin)

  • A résumé that includes work experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement and other experiences relevant to public affairs, such as foreign travel, language abilities, volunteer work, student leadership, etc.
  • A multipart personal statement highlighting cultural experiences, leadership skills and a commitment to public service
  • Unofficial academic transcripts for ALL colleges and universities you have attended and listed on the application
  • Two letters of recommendation (Applicants will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of the two people who will submit letters of recommendation)
  • If applicable, a copy of all financial aid award letters for the current academic year and the Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Complete financial information requested on the application (If you do not receive financial aid, please submit parent/guardian’s income tax return)
  • Submit the completed PPIA JSI Application

Apply now here