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PPI Student Group

The Public Policy Initiative Student Group (PPISG) is a student-led organization that brings students together to discuss, learn about, and analyze current public policy problems. Comprised of five research teams, the students publish a blog on topics concerning: environmental and energy policy; fiscal and regulatory policy; innovation and technology policy; health, education, and social policy; and trade and foreign policy. In addition to fostering a greater understanding of public policy research, PPISG cultivates a community for students interested in the public sector and exposure to opportunities in the field.

Club Activities


  • General Body Meetings (GBMs): Club-wide meetings to update members on recent developments, provide new education, and interact with members across different teams to discuss policy and research. Good food is also provided! 
  • Team Meetings: Each policy team hosts meetings for members to develop research ideas, receive feedback from their peers, and get have discussion in small groups with the team Director.
  • Speaker Series: PPISG serves as a hub for Penn students to learn more about Wharton PPI speaker events. We also host coffee chats with professors for a small group discussion on specific policy topics.
  • DC Trip: Each semester, we take a group of 15-20 students to Washington DC to network and discuss policy research with professionals across the industry.
  • Social Events: PPISG hosts club-wide social events such as club retreats and seasonal formals to help build a strong community and promote lifelong relationships.

Our Community

Members of PPISG have interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Treasury, Center for American Progress, American Enterprise Institute, and the White House. In addition, many of our students pursue opportunities in other industries where they apply their policy perspectives in diverse ways. Visit the Policy Internships and Careers page to learn more about the summer internship funding available through Wharton Public Policy Initiative.


The Public Policy Initiative Student Group is housed under the Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI). Wharton PPI and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania do not provide any endorsement, either implied or explicit, in research or activities produced by the Public Policy Initiative Student Group or for the student blog Wonk Tank.