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Public Policy Internship Leads to Real-Life Experience at CSU

Tiffany Smith and Patrice Gardner are CSU students participating in the Public Policy Scholars Program (PPSP). They are currently interning in State Senator Mattie Hunter’s office and recently attended an annual dinner honoring retired teachers, nurses, and red hatters at the Hyatt Regency. CSU Scholars attended and participated in the event with Senator Hunter and had the chance to spend time meeting with various state leaders including Gov. Pat Quinn. 

The Public Policy Scholars Program (PPSP) was created to give students of color the opportunity to work as interns with elected officials and within other sectors shaping public policy and to receive a stipend, as they complete their degrees. The program is instrumental in exposing students to the fundamentals of creating, shaping and implementing public policy initiatives.