Jackson State University political science and English major Donavan Mitchell has been selected to participate in the 2012 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at Princeton University.
The JSI is part of the Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program, a national consortium of the top public policy and international affairs graduate schools that prepare college juniors for advanced degrees and careers serving the public good.
“I’m excited,” said the 20-year-old Mitchell. “I had applied for the internship in late October, and I did not receive confirmation of my acceptance until late February. I was waiting and praying for so long that I would be chosen because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
In addition to Princeton, there are four other schools that host a PPIA Summer Institute: the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Michigan.
“I just thank God for the chance to participate,” Mitchell said. “I want to network with top students from around the country and improve my knowledge in the areas of public policy and international affairs.”
The institute at Princeton is a highly focused and rigorous academic program that will help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the university’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the opportunities available for public policy and international affairs careers. Students will take courses in public policy, statistics and economics.
The program, which begins on June 14 and ends on August 3, provides a stipend of $1,500 and covers expenses for all courses, textbooks, transportation, housing and meals.