Aspiring public servants from across Texas gathered at the Public Service Institute, an event hosted by the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University on November 4-5.
The annual event brings a select group of undergraduate students to the Bush School to learn what it takes to pursue a graduate education in public service.
Throughout the weekend-long event, Institute participants joined sessions on leadership development, careers in public service, and the graduate school application process presented by Bush School staff and students. Bush School professors Justin Bullock and Jim Olson engaged the students in discussions related to public policy and management and international affairs.
“The Public Service Institute provides students considering careers in public service an opportunity to explore its many avenues,” said Dr. Frank Ashley, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs. “This event provides insight into graduate school for the participants who believe in the power of public service.”
Thirty-two students from six Texas A&M University System schools as well as seven other Texas public and private institutions were selected to attend the weekend-long event hosted in College Station. Applicants are selected on the basis of their leadership skills, academic success, and commitment to entering a field in public or international affairs.