The Director’s Internship program is a signature of the IOP. Since 1995, the IOP has partnered with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduate students interested in politics, government, and public service. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills.
In the summer of 2016, the IOP offered 100 Director’s Internships, each fully funded by the IOP in the amount of $4000. IOP Director's Interns are responsible for completing 8-10 weeks of full-time work. Each student is eligible to apply for up to two Director’s Internships.
Watch one of our 2014 Director's Intern of the Week clips with Jack Smith
Reflections from 2016 Director's Interns:
Mayor Pete's office is a blend of youthful energy and skilled and experienced professionalism. The work is varied and meaningful; I helped revamp a department website, helped research policy proposals, and briefed the Mayor before meetings or phone calls. Throughout the internship I was able to speak candidly with the Mayor and learn from his experiences.
-John Bourjaily '17, Mayor Peter Buttigieg
In all ways. FEMA is truly an incredible place for someone interested in humanitarian aid-work, the public sector, data analysis, and even science, through their seismology and hurricane hazard mitigation offices. I think the first week - shadowing my supervisor for 4 days for a Cascadia fault rupture (earthquake) + tsunami simulation (3 million dead, tens of millions in need of shelter) exceeded my expectations...and the rest of the summer continued to live up to that first week. I learned an incredible amount about myself as an employee and about the field of emergency management.
- Leore Lavin '17, FEMA
Hosting a Director's Intern
The IOP partners with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduates students interested in politics, government, and public service. These opportunities are fully-funded by the IOP, and interns are responsible for completing 8-10 weeks of full-time work.
The IOP welcomes inquries from organizations interested in learning more about the program; please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu.
For questions about the Director's Internship Program, please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu