Events at the IOP

  1. IOP Director's Internship Program: Info Session & Panel Discussion

    Friday January 15 - 3:30pm

    Join the Internships & Career Services (ICS) team to learn more about the IOP Director's Internship program. The session will begin with an overview of application requirements, program eligibility, and program parameters. The ICS team, former Director’s Interns, and representatives from several Director’s Internship host organizations will be available to answer any questions you have. We encourage you to drop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire session!

    DATE: Friday, January 15 from 3:30 - 5:00pm ET

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on the day of the event.

    AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to individuals with a Harvard College email address.

    ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event.


  2. IOP Summer 2021 Internships: Info Session & Office Hours

    Wednesday December 9 - 4:00pm

    Join the IOP Internships & Career Services team on Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00pm ET to learn more about IOP summer 2021 internships including the Director's Internship and Summer Stipend programs. Come with questions you have about planning for summer, finding summer internship opportunities in politics and public service, and preparing application materials.

    • RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 12/9
    • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to individuals with a Harvard College email address.
    • ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event.

    Director’s Internship Program: The Director’s Internship program application will open in early January. Applications must be received by Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET and you can learn more here. A list of Director’s Internship host organizations will be available when the application opens in early January. A list of past Director’s Internship host organizations can be found here​.

    Summer Stipend Program: The IOP Summer Stipend program application will open midway through the spring semester, and close approximately 4 weeks after opening. You can find more information about the Summer Stipend program here.

  3. Election 2020: Youth in Power

    Thursday December 3 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 6:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics for a discussion on the unprecedented turnout and impact from young voters 18-to-29 years old. Ashley Allison, former National Coalitions Director for Biden for President, Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America and contributing writer for Vanity Fair, and Nsé Ufot, Chief Executive Officer of the New Georgia Project (NGP) and its affiliate New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGP AF), will join in a conversation moderated by John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Institute of Politics who was on leave in the fall semester from the Harvard Youth Poll to advise the Biden-Harris campaign. They will examine Biden’s communications and organizing strategy from the end of the primary season through Election Day that led to Obama-level margins of youth support.

    RSVP to join the JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  4. Pizza and Politics with Congressman-elect Kai Kahele

    Wednesday December 2 - 7:00pm

    Join the HPU in the final Pizza and Politics discussion of the fall 2020 semester with Congressman-elect Kai Kahele. 

    Kai Kahele is the second Native Hawaiian to be elected to Congress since Hawaii gained statehood. Kahele currently serves as the Majority Floor Leader of the Hawaii State Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Water and Land. Additionally, he served as Vice Chairman of Hawaiian Affairs and a member of the Committees on Ways & Means, and Higher Education.

    Kahele is an 18 year veteran, pilot and commissioned officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard, United States Air Force where he continues to serve as a Lt. Col. with the 201st Air Operations Group.

    RSVP here.


  5. A Conversation with Jacinda Ardern

    Tuesday December 1 - 5:00pm

    On Tuesday, December 1st at 5:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics and the Center for Public Leadership for the 2020 Gleitsman International Activist Award featuring the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. The conversation will be moderated by Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

    RSVP here to join the JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  6. A Conversation with Congresswoman Deb Haaland

    Monday November 30 - 4:00pm

    On November 30th at 4:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics in observance and celebration of Native American/Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month featuring Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01, D), a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe and moderated by Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and former US Dept of Interior National Park Service Advisory Board member. The discussion will focus on the Congresswoman's efforts to address pressing issues of climate change, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Native communities, and reflect upon being one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.

    RSVP here to join the conversation.

  7. Indigenous Inspirers Panel

    Monday November 23 - 6:30pm

    The Harvard Political Union is co-sponsoring the Indigenous Inspirers Panel, a special event with the College Events Board, Harvard University’s Native American Program, and Natives at Harvard College. The Indigenous Inspirers Panel invites incredible panelists North Dakota State Rep. Ruth Buffalo, Autumn Peltier, Tara Houska, Pua Case, Chenae Bullock, and Sadada Jackson, who will be debunking Thanksgiving myths and offering an opportunity to learn about contemporary issues in Indigenous communities.

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST

    RSVP here:

  8. Study Group with Carol Giacomo

    Thursday November 19 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, November 19 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Carol Giacomo. Carol Giacomo was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 2007-2020 writing opinion pieces about all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Robert Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is the author of The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 11/19

  9. Fulfilling the Promise of a Treaty: Native Americans Claiming their Rights in the 21st Century

    Wednesday November 18 - 6:00pm

    Join us on Wednesday, November 18th at 6pm ET in observance and celebration of Native American/Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, when the Institute of Politics hosts a conversation between Kimberly Teehee, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and Andrew Lee, a Seneca Indian who serves on the Board of Governors of the Honoring Nations awards, a program of HKS’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

    Teehee is set to become the first delegate of a tribal nation to Congress, a position that would fulfill the terms of a 185 year-old treaty which signals a transformative moment for both Cherokee Nation and Native American people. It is an important initial step to recognizing the unique traditions, culture, and contributions of Native Americans. Teehee and Lee will discuss Native Americans in public service, self-governance, and how allies and unlikely alliances can help connect and amplify core issues facing the Native American communities in the 21st century. 

    RSVP here to join the JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  10. Latinx Leadership in America: A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa and Jorge Ramos

    Wednesday November 18 - 1:00pm

    With decades of journalistic and leadership experience between them, Maria Hinojosa and Jorge Ramos have championed progress and hope in U.S. Latinx communities while exposing how prejudice and failed policies have prevented the U.S. from reaching its potential as a nation of immigrants. They will join us in conversation, co-sponsored with the Center for Public Leadership and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, in the JFK Jr. Forum on Wednesday, November 18th at 1:00pm ET. Drawing on their shared Mexican-American background, they will celebrate and consider the multifaceted, multicultural U.S. Latinx experience, as well as their journeys to be two of the most revered Latinx leaders in the country. The conversation will be moderated by Paola Ramos, Correspondent, VICE and VICE News; Contributor, MSNBC and Telemundo

    RSVP for the JFK Jr. Forum conversation here.

  11. Study Group with Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    Tuesday November 17 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Jorge Vasquez, Jr. Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. is the Director of the Power and Democracy Program with Advancement Project, a national non-partisan multi-racial, policy, communications, and legal action organization.


    • Julio Ricardo Varela ‘90 is the Vice President of New Business development at Futuro Media Group; founder and publisher of; co-host of In the Thick; and Senior Digital Editor of
    • Kiara Pesante Haughton is a Senior Vice President in the Issue Advocacy practice at BerlinRosen, where she leads work at the intersection of electoral politics, racial justice and culture.
    • Troy Blackwell, Jr. is a communications strategist and former head of press advance for the Tom Steyer Presidential Campaign.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 11/17

  12. 14th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award

    Friday November 13 - 6:30pm

    PBHA is thrilled to announce the honoree for the 14th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture & Award: Tarana J. Burke! Join us on Friday, November 13th at 6:00 PM to honor her as our 14th awardee and lecturer. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place via Zoom webinar.

    For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly Black women and girls, Tarana has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the ‘me too.’ movement, which to date has galvanized millions of survivors and allies around the world.

    In 2007 PBHA established a lecture and award that brings a significant figure in public service to campus each year to engender a commitment to service and draw attention to important social issues. The only award at Harvard focused on public service, this award is named in honor of Dr. Robert Coles: former PBHA volunteer and Board Member, child psychologist, civil rights activist, longtime Harvard Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author. His book, “The Call of Service,” examines the idealistic spirit PBHA seeks to foster in our students and serves as a most fitting title for this annual lecture and award.

    RSVP here.