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.

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World Health Organization (Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Geneva, Switzerland
  • International
  • Public Health
Winston Group Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Vox Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Vietnam Program at HKS, the Fulbright School Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Economics/Business
  • International
Veterans Legal Services Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
United States Department of Energy - Office of Public Affairs Washington, D.C.
  • Environment
  • Federal /State and Local Government
United States Department of Defense Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
U.S. Department of Justice Washington, D.C.
TurboVote New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Technology
TSA/Homeland Security Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Trilogy Interactive Oakland, California
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
TIME Magazine Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
The New Republic New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
Sunlight Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Technology
State Senator Eric Lesser (D-MA) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
SocialSphere Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Technology
Social Finance Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Economics/Business
Sierra Club Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Environment
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
Sanctuary for Families New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Education
Robin Hood Foundation New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
RISE
  • Advocacy/Policy
Republican National Committee Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Quorum Washington, D.C.
  • Technology
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
Prolepsis Athens, Greece
  • International
  • Public Health
  • Research
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, PA
  • Communications/Press
Pew Research Center Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Research
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves London, England
  • International
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra London, England
  • Elected Officials
  • International
PAI-Champions of Global Reproductive Rights (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Public Health
Office of National Drug Control Policy Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
Obama 44 Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
New York State Health Foundation (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Public Health
  • Research
New York City Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) New York City, NY
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
New York City Mayor's Office of Operations New York City, NY
  • 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 Economic Development Corporation New York City, NY
  • Economics/Business
  • Federal /State and Local Government
National Review New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
National Partnership for New Americans Chicago, IL
  • Advocacy/Policy
National Health Service ( (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
  • Public Health
  • International
National Democratic Institute Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors ( (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
  • Public Health
NASA Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Technology
NAACP Baltimore, MD
  • Advocacy/Policy
Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos Santiago, Chile
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
MTV Public Affairs New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs,Chicago Chicago, IL
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Mayor Peter Buttigieg, South Bend, IN South Bend, IN
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
MassIT Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
MassDOT/MBTA Transit Division Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
MacArthur Foundation Chicago, IL
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
MA Attorney General Maura Healey Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
KIPP, New York City New York City, NY
  • Education
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
IMPACT Strategies Washington, D.C.
IJ Review Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
Human Rights Watch Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • International
Human Rights Campaign
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Healthy London Partnership (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
  • International
  • Public Health
Global Health Corps (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
Global Fund (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Geneva, Switzerland
  • Public Health
Gender Avenger New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
Game Change : The 2016 Presidential Election New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Washington, D.C.
  • Federal /State and Local Government
  • Technology
Facebook- Public Policy Externship Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
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
Echelon Insights Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
DIUx- Defense Innovation Unit Experimental Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Research
Cut50 Oakland, California
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
Councilor Michelle Wu Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Cook Political Report Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) Washington, D.C.
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Congressman Michael Gallagher (R-WI) Washington, D.C.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 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 John Lewis (D-GA) 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
Commonwealth of MA- Executive Office of Administration & Finance Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Federal /State and Local Government
College Republican National Committee Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
CNN - Situation Room Washington, D.C.
  • Communications/Press
CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS New York City, NY
  • Communications/Press
Center for American Progress Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Cato Institute Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, England
  • Economics/Business
  • International
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Boston Public Schools Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Education
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Boston Globe Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
  • Communications/Press
Born This Way Foundation
  • Advocacy/Policy
Bloomberg Philanthropies New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
Bipartisan Policy Center Washington, D.C.
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Benenson Strategy Group Washington, D.C.
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Aula Cívica (Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies) Santiago, Chile
Assemblyman Michael Blake New York City, NY
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Elected Officials
  • Federal /State and Local Government
Amnesty International Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
American Enterprise Institute Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Research
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Albright Stonebridge Group Washington, D.C.
  • Economics/Business
  • Think Tank/Strategy
Advancement Project Washington, D.C.
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Communications/Press
  • Research
ABC News-Political Unit Washington, D.C.
270 Strategies Chicago, IL
  • Think Tank/Strategy