Summer Opportunities

Harvard College provides sponsorship to over 500 students each summer to explore full-time public service experiences.  The tables below will help you to find which opportunities are most relevant to your interests.  

Field Placements with Harvard's Community Partners
Program Deadline Notes
Mindich Service Fellowship Program Feb. 7, 2021 75+ summer service opportunities available at leading nonprofit and social services organizations across the country; students also have access to mentoring and structured programming throughout the summer
Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) Summer Research and Internship Programs Feb. 7 2021 60+ opportunities for students to pursue summer research on public and global health work
Institute of Politics Director’s Internships Feb. 7, 2021 100+ summer opportunities to explore politics and public service working for campaigns, advocacy groups, elected officials, think tanks, and more; all students pursuing service based in Washington, DC can also participate in the IOP Summer In Washington Program
PBHA’s Summer Urban Program Rolling 70+ summer opportunities to work on youth enrichment and leadership development in the Greater Boston area
HCRP-Mindich Program in Community Engaged Research (PCER-Field) Program TBD (Spring 2021)

2021 Description forthcoming!

2020 Project Description: This summer’s PCER-Field program will focus on community-engaged inquiry projects in St. Louis – the research this summer will include supporting ongoing litigation involving housing discrimination and environmental racism issues



Funding for Student-Proposed Projects
Program Deadline Notes
Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship  January 19, 2021 3-5 fellowships are awarded to returning undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to public interest law
Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship March 1, 2021 30+ fellowships are awarded to students who develop high-quality projects that respond to community needs in conjunction with Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups. 
Institute of Politics Summer Stipend TBD (Spring 2021) 100+ students are sponsored through this program to explore service work with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, campaigns, think tanks, and elected officials
Presidential Public Service Fellowship February 8, 2021 5-7 fellowships are awarded to students who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to serve the public good – students submit independent project ideas for fellowship consideration