by Spencer McClenty
Jackson State University congratulates political science major Keba Ambrose for being selected to participate in the 2011 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 Ambrose, who’s in her third year at JSU but is taking both junior and senior level courses.
In addition to Princeton, there are four other schools that host a PPIA Summer Institute, including the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Michigan.
“Usually when you think of Princeton you think of a challenge,” Ambrose said. “I chose them because I want to challenge myself.”
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.
“It’s to get us acclimated to writing government policy,” Ambrose said. “I want to be involved in government in some capacity, whether it be overseas or locally.”
The program, which begins on June 9 and ends on July 29, provides a stipend of $1,500 and covers expenses for all courses, textbooks, transportation, housing and meals.