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Apply to SPARK by Tuesday, June 1st at 11:59pm ET!

SPARK is an immersive six-week public service program for incoming first-year students that deepens community connections between home and Harvard!  Students develop a public service project at home while receiving funding and ongoing support from Harvard staff, faculty, and student leaders.  We launched SPARK in 2019 as a call to action that creates greater awareness of public service pathways at Harvard College.

Through SPARK, students will have access to personal and professional development resources from the Harvard community while they work to design a public service project at home.  Harvard College offers a variety of pathways to explore public service work and all incoming first-year applicants will be invited to participate in a series of discussions led by civically minded faculty, staff, and student leaders.  Selected students who commit 80 hours to a community service project for at least five weeks in their hometowns and 20 hours engaging with the Harvard community will earn a $1,500 stipend.

The University recently updated its travel guidance and applicants can propose to do an in-person SPARK project. If your project will be in-person, you will need to 1) be fully vaccinated, 2) review the University's travel guidance, 3) attest that you are fully vaccinated using a University attestation form, and 4) submit proof of your vaccination to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) via email. Commuting to and from an in-person host site is considered " University-related travel."


  • Contribute to your hometown community
  • Learn to solve a social problem
  • Deepen your commitment to developing a public purpose for your life
  • Join the Harvard community of civic minded students, faculty, and staff
  • Begin to make professional connections
  • Earn a $1,500 stipend

Join us for weekly student hours! Drop by our virtual office to ask the SPARK staff questions, brainstorm project ideas, and hear other students' questions. Student Hours Link:

  • Thursday, 5/13 at 4PM EST
  • Wednesday, 5/19 at 4PM EST
  • Wednesday, 5/26 at 4PM EST
  • Thursday, 5/27 at 4PM EST

Don't have time to come to student hours? Check out this link to post your question and read other Q&A:

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