Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2024

The Power of Public Service-Oriented Careers: From the California Context

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Public Policy and International Affairs Program, will host a Public Service Weekend focused on engaging undergraduate students in scholarship and applied work that demonstrates the power of public service careers. This student development conference for up to 30 participants is free to participate in, includes meals and a travel stipend.


Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1, 2024


UCLA campus, Los Angeles


Free to participate


Apply by Sunday, June 30, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about careers key to advancing social justice
  • Engage and network with effective leaders
  • Get tips for applying to graduate school
  • Earn a free application and $5,000 toward tuition to UCLA Luskin graduate programs

Who Should Apply?

  • Domestic and international undergraduate students residing in California and bordering states may apply
  • Preference is given to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Applicants are accepted from all academic majors
  • Students from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply

About UCLA Luskin

Located in the nation’s most diverse metropolitan area, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is at the forefront of advancing social justice through policy reform and public service. As an intellectual and advocacy community oriented toward social change, UCLA Luskin welcomes the opportunity to host a PPIA Public Service Weekend.

The PPIA Mission

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program is a not-for-profit organization supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service and graduate studies in public policy and international affairs. PPIA’s Public Service Weekends expose attendees to a range of public service careers. Additionally, the experience establishes a supportive community for continued training on graduate school preparation.


Learn more about PPIA’s Public Service Weekends

Follow UCLA’s Public Service Weekend Facebook group

Contact Cristy Portlock, assistant director of recruitment and admissions for UCLA Luskin Public Policy

Comments from past participants of Public Service Weekend at UCLA Luskin:

I have never been around a group of students with such amazing experiences and drive to change the world. It was refreshing and a culture shock in the best way possible. I know I have grown tremendously as a future professional and an individual.

Everyone was kind and encouraging. The conference was a great example of how Luskin graduate school would be if I was accepted into the program.

I just want to say thank you so much for the opportunity. It was the best conference I have attended and has definitely shaped my plans for my future.

I loved the event and all the information I gained from this experience. It has given me a new friend and a greater hope in the possibility of the future.

I continue to share about the awesome experience I had at the PSW. I was made to feel welcomed and that I would be nurtured by Luskin.