The Director’s Internship is a signature program of the IOP. Since 1995, the IOP has partnered with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduate students interested in politics, government, and public service. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills.
IOP Director's Interns are responsible for completing 10 weeks of full-time work.
Deadline: Monday, February 24 at 11:59 PM EST
The first round of the Director's Internship application closed on Sunday, February 2 at 11:59 PM EST. These applications are being processed. We are accepting applications to a smaller subset of organizations from Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 24.
Round 2 Organizations
Advancement Project | Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence | Coding it Forward | Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH) | Fair Fight | Foreign Policy | Forward Florida Action | Hometown Director's Internship | Lead for America | Mayor Melvin Carter - St. Paul, MN | Mayor Mike Duggan - Detroit, MI | Mayor William Peduto - Pittsburgh, PA | New Mexico Office of the Governor: State Personnel Office | Office of Governor Gina Raimondo - RI | Pew Research Center | Republican Governors Association | RNC Convention 2020 | Republican National Committee | Students Learn Students Vote | IOP Summer in Washington Coordinator | Talloires Network | Targeted Victory
Students may only submit 1 application to Round 2 of the 2020 Director's Internship Program. Students who applied to the 2020 Director's Internship Program prior to Sunday, Feburary 5, 2020 (Round 1) are still eligible to submit one additional application.
Eligibility: All Harvard College undergraduates who are returning to campus in Fall 2020 may apply. Former Director's Interns are not eligible to apply.
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In the summer of 2019, the IOP offered 125 Director’s Internships.
Reflections from 2019 Director's Interns
Hosting a Director's Intern
The IOP partners with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduates students interested in politics, government, and public service. These opportunities are fully-funded by the IOP, and interns are responsible for completing 10 weeks of full-time work.
The IOP welcomes inquries from organizations interested in learning more about the program; please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu.
For questions about the Director's Internship Program, please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu