The IOP Internships and Career Services (ICS) helps undergraduates explore career opportunities in politics and public service by organizing interest-specific programming and one-on-one meetings. The IOP ICS office supplements the work of the College OCS , and focuses specifically on public service career pathways such as government, issue advocacy, think tanks, political journalism, and political campaigns. There are a variety of resources available to students, including Career Exploration, Job Search Resources, Office Hours and Career Advising, and Research Assistantships:
Career Exploration: Each semester, the IOP hosts events to help students explore different career paths and pathways in politics and public service. Some events are focused on specific fields within public service, from campaigns and politics to health care and education, others highlight specific organizations and their application processes, and still others bring alumni and public service professionals together with current students to connect in formal and informal ways through mentoring, networking events, career fairs, and interviews.
If you are a current student, you can sign up for the IOP Newsletter to get the most up to date information on upcoming events.
Job Search Resources: Students are encouraged to explore job descriptions and postings in their interest areas to get a feel for different public interest career pathways. Crimson Careers is the central hub for jobs and internships posted exclusively for Harvard students. Searches and exploration can be followed up with a sit-down with one of the IOP's representatives.
Office Hours and Career Advising: During the academic year, students can sign up for Office Hours here. Whether you are a senior thinking about post-graduate plans, or a freshman wondering how your first summer internship might impact your career path, the staff at the IOP is available to meet with students.
The IOP Internships and Career Services office works closely with the Office of Career Services to provide an array of opportunities to explore and pursue careers in politics and public service. For resume review, please visit the Office of Career Services, for their daily drop-ins from 1:00 to 4:00pm at 54 Dunster Street.
Research Assistantships: The IOP Research Assistant program provides paid research positions to Harvard College undergraduates interested in collaborating with Harvard faculty. RAships take place over the spring semester, and you can read more about the program here.
Fellowships and Scholarships: For information on Fellowships and Scholarships, please visit Harvard's Undergradate Research and Fellowships Office. You can also browse a list of the over 30 fellowships administered by URAF here.
Public Service at Harvard College: For information on public service across Harvard College, please visit the Phillips Brooks House website.