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.
In light of Harvard University’s guidance regarding COVID-19, all summer 2020 IOP internships were conducted remotely. Meet the students in our Summer of Service cohort who participated in virtual internships in politics and public service. For more information about Summer 2020 internship programming, please review these Summer Programs 2020 FAQs.
Looking Ahead to Summer 2021
Timing | The applications for all summer 2021 programs at the Institute of Politics will be tied to the beginning of the spring semester. Per Harvard College, “a determination regarding the start of the spring semester is not expected until December.” Once that determination has been made, websites and application deadlines will be updated.
Deadline | The IOP Director’s Internship application will be open for at least four weeks prior to the application deadline and the deadline will likely be one week after the start of spring classes.
Opportunities | A full list of Director’s Internship opportunities is expected to be shared once the application is live.
Requirements | A complete application includes a statement of interest, resume, and letter of recommendation. Applicants may apply to no more than two internships that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics.
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