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 $4000 domestically.

Titlesort descending City Topics
270 Strategies Chicago, IL
  • Think Tank/Strategy
ABC News-Political Unit Washington, D.C.
Advancement Project Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Albright Stonebridge Group Washington, D.C.
  • Economics/Business
  • Think Tank/Strategy
American Enterprise Institute Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Amnesty International Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
Assemblyman Michael Blake New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Aula Cívica (Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies) Santiago, Chile
Benenson Strategy Group
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Bipartisan Policy Center Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Bloomberg Philanthropies New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
Born This Way Foundation
  • Advocacy/Policy
Boston Globe Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Communications/Press
Boston Public Schools Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Education
  • Federal /State and Local Government
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, England
  • Economics/Business
  • International
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Cato Institute Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Center for American Progress Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
CNN - Situation Room Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
College Republican National Committee Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
Commonwealth of MA- Executive Office of Administration & Finance Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Michael Gallagher (R-WI) Washington, D.C.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Cook Political Report Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Councilor Michelle Wu Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Cut50 Oakland, California
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
DIUx- Defense Innovation Unit Experimental Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
Echelon Insights Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
ELA, Equipo Latinoamericana de Justicia y Género (Co-sponsored by the Center on the Developing Child and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies) Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • International
  • Research
Facebook- Public Policy Externship Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
Gender Avenger New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
Global Fund (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Geneva, Switzerland
  • Public Health
Global Health Corps (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
Healthy London Partnership (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
  • International
  • Public Health
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Watch Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • International
IJ Review Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
IMPACT Strategies Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
KIPP, New York City New York City, NY
  • Education
MA Attorney General Maura Healey Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
MacArthur Foundation Chicago, IL
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
MassDOT/MBTA Transit Division Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
MassIT Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Mayor Peter Buttigieg, South Bend, IN South Bend, IN
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs,Chicago Chicago, IL
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
MTV Public Affairs New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos Santiago, Chile
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
NAACP Baltimore, MD
  • Advocacy/Policy
NASA Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Technology
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors ( (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Public Health
National Health Service ( (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
  • Public Health
  • International
National Partnership for New Americans Chicago, IL
  • Advocacy/Policy
National Review New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
New York City Economic Development Corporation New York City, NY
  • Economics/Business
  • Federal /State and Local Government
New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
New York City Mayor's Office of Operations New York City, NY
  • Federal /State and Local Government
New York City Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) New York City, NY
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
New York State Health Foundation (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Public Health
  • Research
Obama 44 Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
Office of National Drug Control Policy Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
PAI-Champions of Global Reproductive Rights (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Public Health
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra London, England
  • Elected Officials
  • International
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves London, England
  • International
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Research
Pew Research Center Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, PA
  • Communications/Press
Prolepsis Athens, Greece
  • International
  • Public Health
  • Research
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
Quorum Washington, D.C.
  • Technology
Republican National Committee Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Think Tank/Strategy
RISE
  • Advocacy/Policy
Robin Hood Foundation New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
Sanctuary for Families New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Education
São Paulo Pela Primeiríssima Infância (Co-sponsored by the Center on the Developing Child and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies) São Paulo, Brazil
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • International
  • Public Health
Sierra Club Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Environment
Social Finance Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Economics/Business
SocialSphere Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Technology
State Senator Eric Lesser (D-MA) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Sunlight Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Technology
The New Republic New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
TIME Magazine Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Trilogy Interactive Oakland, California
TSA/Homeland Security Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
TurboVote New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Technology
U.S. Department of Justice Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
United States Department of Defense Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
United States Department of Energy - Office of Public Affairs Washington, D.C.
  • Environment
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Veterans Legal Services Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Vietnam Program at HKS, the Fulbright School Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Economics/Business
  • International
Vox Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • 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