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The Summer 2022 SPARK Application is open now!

SPARK is an immersive, paid,  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.


  • 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 SPARK staff and application readers for weekly office hours!  SPARK staff host weekly, virtual office hours to get to know you, connect you with potential organizations for your SPARK project, and answer questions about the program. SPARK office hours take place on Thursdays from 4-5PM ET on May 5, May 12, and May 19 and then on Wednesdays from 4-5PM ET on May 25th and June 1st.  Register here for Office Hours.

Can't attend office hours? Check out this link to post your questions anonymously and read other Q&A from incoming first-years interested in SPARK. 

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