Are you an undergraduate student in your first or second year?
Are you passionate about public service and being a voice for your community?
Are you committed to changing the world?

If so, consider applying to our annual Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC).

PPLC 2017 students have the opportunity to learn from one another and collaborate

Harvard Kennedy School will host the next PPLC on February 8-11, 2018 to inspire talented and driven first- and second-year undergraduate students like you to pursue careers in public policy and become future leaders in:

  • Federal, state or local governments
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • International institutions
  • Social enterprises

At the PPLC, you will have the chance to experience what it’s like to study public policy in a graduate school environment. You will also find out about possible fellowship and scholarship opportunities that could help fund your graduate studies.

PPLC 2017 students attend classroom presentation by David J. Johns

As a PPLC participant, all of your travel costs, accommodations and meals are paid for by the Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Application and Eligibility

The application deadline for the 2018 PPLC has passed. If you submitted an application, you will receive an email from us in mid-January about your admissions decision.

As you prepare to apply to the PPLC next year, review our admission and application requirements below. We will require you to submit the following:

  • Your online application (available on this page in mid-September)
  • Your resume
  • A personal statement essay
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Your undergraduate academic transcript, which may be unofficial. If you are a first-year student, please submit your high school transcript.

Applications are due in early November.

Applying to the PPLC is competitive. To be considered, you must:

  • Be a first- or second-year undergraduate student enrolled at a two- or four-year U.S. institution
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or above
  • Demonstrate an abiding commitment to public service through activism, student leadership positions, civic participation at school or in your community or as a volunteer. Include these details in your resume and personal statement essay.

Our PPLC alumni have written about their experiences at this life-changing conference. Read their stories. Yours could be among them. 

PPLC 2017 students attend a networking session