SPARK 2024

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 100 hours to a community service project for at least five weeks in their hometowns will earn a $1,500 stipend.


  • 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


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