The Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative

The Scholars in the Nation’s
Service Initiative

The need for talented and committed men and women to enter public service has never been greater. The challenges we face at home and abroad require a new generation of policy innovators with excellent analytical skills, a deep understanding of substantive policy issues and a wealth of experience.

The goal of SINSI is to set outstanding individuals on the path toward public service careers in the U.S. government, focusing on both domestic policy and international affairs, through academic training that is integrated with work experience in federal agencies.

We are committed to preparing the very best to take on current and future challenges and achieve positive change through creative policy.

Careers in the federal government are not for everyone. There are many fields and career choices that allow the opportunity to affect policy; working for the federal government provides the opportunity to make policy.

For those committed to public service — those who wish to make a difference, to shape fundamental policy direction and change — the federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for smart, dedicated and highly motivated young people.

Special Thanks

The following alumni serve as members of the Dean’s Advisory Group for Scholars in the Nation’s Service: Cara Abercrombie MPA '03, Hady A. Amr MPA ’94; John P. Bellinger III ’82; Robert D. Brenner ’75, MPA ’77; Kevin Gover ’78; Cindy Huang MPA '02; Anthony Marcus MPA '87; Timothy Reif ’80, MPA/JD ’85; Dr. Jeffrey Richter; Lara Robillard MPA '01; Steven Simon MPA '83; Peggy Twohig MPA/JD '83; Darci Vetter MPA 2000; and Kemba Eneas Walden MPA ’96.

The Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative is made possible through the generous support of The Robertson Fund; The David K.E. Bruce ’19 Scholars Fund; Andrea E. Bernstein ’80 and Tom A. Bernstein; Frank Carlucci ’52; The W. Hodding Carter III ’57 Scholars Fund; The Raymond H. Close '51 and Martha W. Close SINSI Endowment Fund; The Elkes Foundation; The Brooks Emeny ’24 Trust; Frederick P. Hitz ’61; Gilbert Omenn ’61 and Martha Darling MPA ’70; Michael Morandi MPA ’83; Gerald Parsky ’64; Jeffrey Peek ’69 and Elizabeth Peek; James Shinn ’73, Ph.D. ’01; James D. Zirin ’61 and Marlene Hess Zirin; and anonymous donors.

Jun 20, 2016
By Mel Policicchio
Woodrow Wilson School

During his studies at Princeton University, Will Wagner '12 MPA '14 traded his backpack for a briefcase, stepping outside his Master in Public Affairs (MPA) classroom studies at...

May 11, 2016
By Ricki Heicklen '19
Woodrow Wilson School

Growing up, Kevin McGinnis ’11, MPA ’15, never imagined he’d someday be advising the U.S. Secretary of Defense on national security policy and overseas military basing. Hailing from the eastern shore of Maryland, an area facing many ecological and economic challenges, McGinnis originally thought he’d end up in environmental policy and...


Apr 29, 2016
By Ricki Heicklen '19
Woodrow Wilson School

For Alexandra Kasdin ’14, MPA ’18, a passion for wildlife conservation began when she was eight years old. Inspired by her first grade teacher—who had a classroom full of animals and lesson plans devoted to endangered species and the environment—Kasdin knew she would spend her life working toward wildlife protection.

In elementary,...


May 4, 2016
Pacific Standard Magazine

Three SINSI students - Jared Crooks '13 MPA '15, Meghan McPhee '13 MPA '15 and Will Wagner '12 MPA '14 - were among those named to Pacific Standard Magazine's list of the 30 top thinkers under 30 last month. Steve Moilanen MPA '14 is also among the honorees. You can read more about this list and information on each of the 30 honorees...

Jan 13, 2015
By Woodrow Wilson School
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University is pleased to announce its selection of the 2016 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI)....
Aug 8, 2014
By Eric Wilkens
Woodrow Wilson School
Hilda Arellano has been named director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.