Director's Internships

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. 

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DEADLINE: Students may apply to a maximum of TWO Director’s Internship positions before the February 6th deadline.

FORMAT: As of December 2021, the IOP is anticipating being able to support in-person internships in summer 2022; however, the IOP is also prepared to adapt summer programming if necessary. Additionally, each host organization has been asked to indicate their ability to support an in-person internship. The types of internship formats (in-person, remote, hybrid, etc) a host organization is able to support will be noted at the beginning of each individual host organization description. More information is available in the Director's Internship FAQs page

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: After the IOP application closes on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET, some host organizations may request that finalists submit a letter of recommendation, writing sample, or other materials directly to their office. Please note that only students who are selected as finalists will be asked for these materials. You can review the internship descriptions (below) for the positions to which you are applying to confirm whether additional application materials may be required of you AFTER the application deadline. NOTE: You DO NOT need to submit these additional application materials to the IOP application on CARAT. 

 

Titlesort descending City Industry
270 Strategies Chicago, IL
ABC News - Political Unit Washington, D.C.
Advancement Project Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Washington, D.C.
Americans for the Arts Washington, D.C.
Amnesty International Washington, D.C.
Angel City FC Los Angeles, CA
Black Voters Matter Fund (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Atlanta, GA
Boston Globe Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
British Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office London, England
Capital Area Food Bank Washington, D.C.
Cato Institute Washington, D.C.
Center for Civic Innovation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Atlanta, GA
Center for Disease Control (CDC) (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
City of Birmingham Mayor's Office
City of Syracuse - Office of Accountability, Performance and Innovation
Civic Alliance Los Angeles, CA
Civic Nation Washington, D.C.
CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS New York City, NY
Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH) Manchester, NH
Cook Political Report Washington, D.C.
Crooked Media Los Angeles, CA
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Detroit, MI
Echelon Insights Washington, D.C.
El-Hibri Foundation Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund Washington, D.C.
Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) - MA Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Washington, D.C.
Gender Avenger Remote
GLAAD New York City, NY
Global Situation Room Los Angeles, CA
Government Accountability Project Inc. Washington, D.C.
Health Action Alliance Los Angeles, CA
Healthy London Partnership (co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
Hometown Director's Internship Various
House Democratic Caucus Office Washington, D.C.
Impactive Remote
Indivisible Washington, D.C.
Institute of Politics (Harvard Votes Challenge & New Frontier Awards) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Integrity Initiatives International Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, D.C.
Lead for America
Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service Washington, D.C.
Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Mayor Francis Suarez - Miami, FL Miami, FL
Mayor Lori Lightfoot - Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Mayor Melvin Carter - St. Paul, MN St. Paul, MN
Mayor Michelle Wu - Boston, MA Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF)
National Health Service, Strategy Group, England (Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
National Review New York City, NY
Neighborhood Defender Service - Detroit (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Detroit, MI
New Mexico Office of the Governor: State Personnel Office Santa Fe, NM
New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice New York City, NY
New York City Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics New York City, NY
Odyssey Impact (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) New York City, NY
Office of Governor Charlie Baker - MA Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom - CA Sacramento, CA
Office of Governor Larry Hogan - MD
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Office of the Michigan Secretary of State Detroit, MI
Office of the New York State Attorney General New York City, NY
Parliamentary Internship: Conservative MP for Havant, Alan Mak London, England
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra London, England
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves London, England
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
Pew Research Center Washington, D.C.
Prolepsis Athens, Greece
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.
Republican Governors Association Washington, D.C.
Rise Washington, D.C.
Robin Hood New York City, NY
Sanctuary for Families New York City, NY
Sierra Club Remote
STAT (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
State Senator Eric Lesser - MA Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Sway San Francisco / Bay Area, CA
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Defense Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of State (Domestic - PRESELECT) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Washington, D.C.
United Community Housing Coalition/Michigan Legal Services (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Detroit, MI
United Nations Association of Greater Boston Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C.
Vote Early Day Washington, D.C.
Voto Latino Washington, D.C.
World Bank - Community Outreach Program Washington, D.C.