Public Service Offices & Organizations

The Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship is the hub and department that provides support for all public service efforts at Harvard College. It is home to the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship (MPES), Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), and Public Service Network (PSN), and collaborates closely with the Institute of Politics (IOP) and Office of Career Services (OCS) to provide students with a rich variety of volunteer, internship, coursework, and postgraduate opportunities in public service. The Phillips Brooks House also provides coordination, funding, and planning for public service, supports public service efforts in the freshman yard and houses, and leads collaborative efforts such as the first-year Day of Service, Public Service Recruiting Day, and the Public Interested Conference.

 

Center for Public Interest Careers

The Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) engages and supports Harvard undergraduates and recent graduates in expanding awareness of and exploring public interest careers. Working closely with university, alumni/ae, and community partners, CPIC develops public interest fellowships, internships, networks, and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Contact: Travis Lovett, Director

Institute of Politics

The Institute of Politics' (IOP) mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis and to stimulate and nurture their interest in public service and leadership. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs.

Contact: Amy Howell or Sadie Polen, Internships and Career Services

Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship 

The Engaged Scholarship Program is an exciting new initiative focused on integrating academics, public service and community engagement. By promoting curricular innovation that takes learning outside the classroom, Engaged Scholarship nurtures students’ intellectual development while responding to community needs and real-world issues. At the heart of the Mindich Program is the development of innovative new courses at Harvard College. Starting in this inaugural year, the Engaged Scholarship program will draw on students’ intellectual interests, commitment to service and community, to support the development and implementation of two courses per year (minimum) for the next seven years.

Contact: Flavia C. Peréa, Director of Engaged Scholarship

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services (OCS) offers public service-themed events throughout the year, along with daily walk-in hours for students with questions.  OCS counselors are available by appointment for more in-depth consultations.  In addition to managing funding for post-graduate fellowships and summer internships, OCS sponsors a month-long series of public service panels during the spring with a focus on domestic and international internships, jobs with U.S. federal agencies, a public service funding open house, and careers in philanthropy and corporate responsibility.

Contact: Nicole Satyanarayan, Government & Public Service Careers Adviser

Phillips Brooks House Association

Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the largest public service organization at Harvard, encompassing 86 programs that serve over 10,000 youth and adults in the greater Boston area.  PBHA programs emphasize direct service and social action as a facilitator for social change and address several key community needs, including tutoring, small claims advising, advocacy, managing local homeless shelters, ESL education, citizenship training, Alternative Spring Break trips, and the Summer Urban Program (SUP).

Contact: Maria Dominguez-Gray, Class of 1955 Executive Director

Harvard Public Service Network

The Harvard Public Service Network (PSN) advises and supports independent student-led public service groups officially recognized by the Office of Student Life.  PSN staff members provide support and resources to over 50 student organizations, many of whom partner with local community nonprofit organizations or nationally recognized service programs.

Contact: Varsha Ghosh, Program Director