Director's Internships

The Institute of Politics Director's Internship program arranges paid summer internship opportunities for returning Harvard College undergraduates interested in exploring a summer in politics and public service. This summer, the IOP will offer over 100 Director’s Internships throughout the United States and abroad.

IOP Director's Interns are responsible for completing 8-10 weeks of full-time, substantive work and will be fully funded by the IOP in the amount $5000 domestically. Additionally, the Priscilla Chan Summer Service Award will cover the summer earnings contribution for students on financial aid who are accepted into the Director's Internship program. More information about that award can be found here

Titlesort descending City Areas of Work
270 Strategies Chicago, IL
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Communications/Press
  • Technology
ABC News-Political Unit Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Advancement Project Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
American Enterprise Institute Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Amnesty International Washington, D.C.
  • International
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
Assemblyman Michael Blake New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Born This Way Foundation Remote
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Communications/Press
Boston Globe Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, England
  • Economics/Business
  • International
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Brookings Institution (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Research
CBS News-Face the Nation Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Communications/Press
Children's Defense Fund Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
Civic Nation Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
CNN - Situation Room Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Commonwealth of MA - Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Technology
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Executive Office of Early Education and Care (Co-sponsored by the Center on the Developing Child) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Education
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
Cook Political Report Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Councilor Michelle Wu Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
Crooked Media Los Angeles
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Democratic National Committee - Office of the Chair Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
Digital Government Unit of the Ministry of Public Administration Mexico City
  • Communications/Press
  • Technology
Echelon Insights Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Technology
El-Hibri Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
ELA, Equipo Latinoamericana de Justicia y Género (Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies) Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • International
  • Research
  • Education
Erase the Hate - Civic Nation/NBC Universal New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente Santiago, Chile
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
Gender Avenger Remote
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Communications/Press
Global Fund (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Geneva, Switzerland
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • International
Global Health Corps (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Public Health
  • Research
Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Healthy London Partnership (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
  • International
  • Public Health
  • Research
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Advocacy/Policy
Indivisible Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
  • Education
  • Communications/Press
KIPP, New York City New York City, NY
  • Education
  • Research
  • Advocacy/Policy
Lady Parts Justice League New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Communications/Press
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Federal /State and Local Government
MacArthur Foundation Chicago, IL
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
  • Public Health
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
Mayor Peter Buttigieg, South Bend, IN South Bend, IN
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
NARAL Pro-Choice America (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Public Health
  • Federal /State and Local Government
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Advocacy/Policy
National Health Service, Strategy Group, England (Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
  • International
  • Public Health
  • Advocacy/Policy
National Republican Congressional Committee Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
National Review New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
New York City Economic Development Corporation New York City, NY
  • Economics/Business
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Research
New York City Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics New York City, NY
  • Technology
  • Research
  • Data/Analytics
New York State Health Foundation (Co-Sponsored by the Harvard Global Health Institute) New York City, NY
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Advocacy/Policy
Office of Massaschusetts Governor Charlie Baker Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Communications/Press
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Elected Officials
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Elected Officials
  • Research
Office of the New York State Attorney General New York City, NY
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Elected Officials
  • Research
PAI-Champions of Global Reproductive Rights (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Public Health
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra London, England
  • Elected Officials
  • International
  • Advocacy/Policy
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves London, England
  • International
  • Elected Officials
  • Research
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Public Health
  • Research
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Research
Pew Research Center Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
  • Data/Analytics
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, PA
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Precision Strategies Washington, D.C.
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Research
  • Communications/Press
Prolepsis Athens, Greece
  • International
  • Public Health
  • Research
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Research
Quorum Washington, D.C.
  • Technology
  • Research
  • Data/Analytics
Red Sox Foundation Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Economics/Business
  • Research
RISE Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Communications/Press
Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Education
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Sanctuary for Families New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Education
  • Research
Social Finance Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Economics/Business
  • Research
  • Advocacy/Policy
State Senator Eric Lesser (D-MA) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
Sunlight Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Technology
  • Research
The Human Campaign Los Angeles
  • Communications/Press
  • Advocacy/Policy
The New Republic New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
TIME Magazine Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Advocacy/Policy
Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
Trilogy Interactive Oakland, California
  • Communications/Press
  • Think Tank/Strategy
  • Research
TurboVote New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Technology
  • Research
U.S. Department of Education Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Education
U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Department of Transportation Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Public Health
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Advocacy/Policy
United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Veterans Legal Services Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Vietnam Program at HKS, the Fulbright School Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Economics/Business
  • International
  • Research
Winston Group Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
World Health Organization (Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Geneva, Switzerland
  • International
  • Public Health
  • Research