The Trachtenberg Student Organization (TSO) was established to foster social, academic, and professional development and interaction among The George Washington University public policy and administration students. This association provides an opportunity for social interaction and intellectual exchange among students, sponsoring social events, career development workshops, speakers, and a means of providing structured communication with program directors and faculty.
Net Impact's mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. With over 120 chapters across the world, a central office in San Francisco, and partnerships with leading for and nonprofit organizations, New Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers, and communities. They believe business can both earn a profit and create positive social change. Net Impact enables members to transform this ideal into measurable results. Graduate students from all on-campus departments are welcomed and encouraged to join their mission.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)'s student chapter was founded in order to connect MPA and MPP students to professionals and resources in city/county management. ICMA's mission is to increase the proficiency of city managers, county managers, and other local government administrators, and to strengthen the quality of local government through professional management. Students have the opportunity to connect with ICMA's headquarters, located in Washington, DC, as well as many other local area governments.
Many students live off-campus as GW offers limited graduate housing. We have collected many resources so you can learn about and find housing in the area.
The Office of Grad Life (OGL) provides GW graduate and professional students consolidated information and resources through various electronic media (web site, listserv, and email), advocacy through meeting with students and receiving feedback relative to the University's services for graduate students, learning opportunities through various co-curricular initiatives, and community development supporting your social, recreational, and cultural events.
Office of Community Service
The Office of Community Service organizes volunteer projects and maintains service programs which serve as a bridge between the curricular and co-curricular goals of the University.
Student Journal Policy Perspectives, The George Washington University Journal of Public Administration & Policy, is one of the few policy journals in the nation published by graduate students of public administration and public policy. The journal provides an opportunity for MPA, MPP, and Ph.D. students to publish research based on their studies at George Washington University and to offer their perspectives on public policy and its management. Policy Perspectives is distributed nationwide to libraries, policy institutions, researchers, and alumni.
Pi Alpha Alpha Pi Alpha Alpha is a national honorary for graduate students in public affairs. At TSPPPA, each January we send out invitations to MPA, MPP and Ph.D. students who have a 3.70 or higher GPA and are scheduled to graduate in May or August of that year, or who have just graduated in December. The invitations request a statement of interest, including reference to the public service and community service commitment of the applicants. The Pi Alpha Alpha board of officers, who are alumni of TSPPPA degree programs, then make the selection of new inductees. The induction dinner takes place on the last Friday of April each academic year.
American Society for Public Administration
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is a membership organization for both public administration professional and students. ASPA offers reduced membership rates for students.
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. This membership organization also offers reduced membership rates, which vary by income.