Innovation for Public Service Certificate Program

Innovation for Public Service Certificate

Engineering plays a crucial role in shaping the world we live in, and when directed towards public service programs, it becomes a powerful force for positive change.

The Innovation for Public Service Certificate program is designed to increase the number of engineering graduates entering the public service sector, contributing as technology leaders and innovators. The 15+ hour certificate is available to students from various STEM majors.

Students participating in the Innovation for Public Service Certificate program will be exposed to a wide variety of career paths and opportunities affecting public policy. They will build connections with individuals from local and national government, policy research centers, and government agencies like the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, the National Security Agency, NASA and many more. Students will be supported in connecting with meaningful professional experiences, which will enhance their resume and set them up for careers positively impacting the citizens of our nation and world.

Undergraduate Certificate Overview

  • Orientation Seminar: Engineering Careers in Public Service with guest speakers from various career pathways in public service.
  • Internships and Experiential Learning: Opportunities for public sector internships, co-op experiences and hands-on learning at the intersection of technology and public service. Students can also opt for a "Study Away in DC" course during Maymester or summer terms in collaboration with NobleReach.
  • Topical Elective Courses: Explore diverse subjects such as law and public policy, public administration, economics, ethics, decision making and the technology commercialization process. Additionally, engage in related faculty-led undergraduate research and/or EPICS team-based project courses.

The Innovation for Public Service Certificate is a collaboration between Purdue University College of Engineering and the NobleReach Foundation.