Program Details

Program Overview

  • Incoming first-year students will commit their summer to public service in their hometowns
  • Students will apply their ideas and energy to a meaningful service project while receiving ongoing support from Harvard's faculty and public service staff
  • Our faculty and staff will orient you to the wide-range of public service resources available to you during your time at Harvard

Program Design

  • Summer service should be community-based and solution-focused
  • Identify a community organization or public office to work with
  • Define a project or role that has high impact and clear outcomes
  • Partner with a community leader to guide the internship
  • Contribute 100 hours between July 5th and August 12th (80 hours with your host organization and 20 hours of SPARK programming)
  • Participate in an online community with other Harvard College Service Fellows beginning July 5th
  • Read and reflect on what your purpose is and celebrate your community
  • Plan to use this experience to launch your service commitments when you arrive on campus (#HarvardServes)

Join us 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. Weekly Office Hours will begin in April 2022

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

Intersted in learning more? Click thorugh the 2021 SPARK Yearbook to learn how these SPARK fellows spent their summers!



2021 SPARK Student Application Guide155 KB