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

Apply for pre-arranged internships with our community partners.

Program Deadline Notes
Mindich Service Fellowship Program

Feb. 6, 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

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. 6, 2022 60+ opportunities for students to pursue summer research on public and global health work
Institute of Politics Director’s Internships Feb. 6, 2022 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


*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

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 2022)

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.

Fellows at the Forefront

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Racial Justice and Mass Incarceration Cohort applications due April 3, 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

Selected students will have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks with one of several community partner organizations focused on climate justice, public policy, and advocacy work or participate in faculty- led research. 
Y2Y and Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

Applications open in February 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

Y2Y & HSHS hire students to oversee shelter operations during the summer. Staff are responsible for specialty areas (e.g. maintenance, fundraising, staff leadership) and for overseeing nightly operations in the shelter. Directors begin training June 1. Shelter operations extend through 8/12. Directors receive $5,500 and Harvard Housing.


Interested students should contact:



PBHA Adult ESL Program

Applications open in February 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

The Adult ESL program provides online and in person ESL classes to adult learners in the Boston area. Students may apply for Director or Teacher roles. Director roles are full-time and Teacher roles are part-time. Directors oversee program development and operations; they manage relations with community partners, recruit learners, hire and train staff, fundraise, and oversee program operations. Part-time teachers lead classes during the summer. Part-time staff receive prorated fellowship and harvard housing. Directors receive a fellowship and Harvard Housing.

Interested students should contact: Kerry McGowan:

PBHA Summer Urban Program, Director Roles

Applications accepted on rolling basis

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

Directors oversee the operation of summer days camps including: fundraising, staff hiring & supervision, camper recruitments, community & family relations, and overseeing daily operations. Training for Directors begins the first week of February. Directors work full time for 12 weeks during June and August Directors receive $6,000 and Harvard Housing. 
PBHA Summer Urban Program, Senior Counselor Roles

February 7, 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

Senior Counselors lead classrooms of ten youth. 3 weeks of training in June provide counselors with skills to develop and implement curriculum, lead classrooms, mentor teen staff, and create environments that foster social-emotional-learning. Senior Counselors are engaged full-time from June 13- August 12. They receive $5000 and Harvard Housing. 


Funding for Student-Proposed Projects

Secure your own internship and apply for a stipend.

Program Deadline Notes
Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship

 January 17, 2022

3-5 fellowships are awarded to returning undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to public interest law
Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship


April 17, 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.

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 April 3, 2022 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 TBD (Spring 2022) 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
Priscilla Chan Summer Service Stipend

April 17, 2022

*Open to graduating seniors the summer after graduation.   

This program provides funding for students who receive need-based aid for college and have secured an unpaid summer internship or fellowship in public service!

Federal Work Study April 17, 2022 This program provides funding for students who are eligible for Federal Work Study through the Financial Aid Office.
Office of Career Services Funded Summer Internships and Research Assistantships March 3, 2022 This program provides funding for students who arrange internships or reserach assistantships outside the United States. Funding is available for opportunties students arrange independently and opportunities arranged by a third-party internship provider.

CHAN Stride Undergraduate Service Scholarship

Application opens in March 2022

Year-Long Opportunity

Scholarships are awarded to income-eligible undergraduate students to support a consistent, year-round commitment to service. Scholars join a community of undergraduates dedicated to service and social justice. The group engages in reflection and shared learning, guided by program staff and community members. In addition, scholars receive financial support to make their service work possible and one-on-one mentorship in social justice values and careers.

IOP Senior Start-Up Stipend

April 2022

*Open to graduating seniors only.

The Senior Start-Up Stipend continues the IOP's long-standing tradition of supporting Harvard College students in pursuing work in politics and public service. In light of the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOP student leaders and staff have allocated funds with the express purpose of offering one-time support to graduating seniors as they seek a full-time role in politics and public service post-graduation during summer 2021 and 2022.