Summer Programs 2020 FAQs
The Institute of Politics is committed to continuing the long-standing tradition of supporting Harvard College students in their pursuit of politics and public service through summer internship opportunities. In light of the University’s guidance regarding COVID-19, all summer 2020 IOP internships will be conducted remotely.
We recognize the spring semester has brought many unprecedented changes to students, and that many students’ summer plans have been impacted. We have been working alongside our public service partners from across the College, the University, and beyond campus to ensure we make the most informed decisions possible for the IOP community and provide students the resources to continue summer experiences in public service.
We have adapted program parameters to continue our financial support and provide flexibility during these unprecedented times. Our goal is to provide students with a substantive summer experience in public service while ensuring the health and safety of all program participants.
IOP staff are available for additional office hours for students interested in discussing summer public service opportunities one-on-one. Please subscribe to IOP-Announce to receive the most up-to-date information about this and additional resources.
You can find University-wide travel guidelines here, and College-specific information here. Please keep in mind that all federal, state, and local guidelines must be adhered to, even if they are changing over the summer.
Director’s Internship (DI)
Summer Stipend (SS)
Summer in Washington (SIW)
We have adjusted our IOP summer program parameters to continue our financial support of public service opportunities and provide flexibility during these unprecedented times.
This summer, the IOP’s Internship and Career Services (ICS) Office will consolidate Director’s Internship and Summer Stipend programs to offer a single virtual program, 2020 Summer of Service. All Director’s Internship and Summer Stipend students will now be part of the IOP’s 2020 Summer of Service program.
The requirements for the IOP’s Summer of Service will have three key adaptations for the 2020 summer:
- scaled stipend amounts;
- increased flexibility around length of internship;
- participation in 2020 Summer of Service will not prohibit future eligibility for the IOP Director’s Internship program.
Q: What are the scaled stipend amounts?
A: Stipend amounts will vary based on length of internship. Funding will be allocated as follows:
|Internship Length||4 weeks||6 weeks||8+ weeks|
A: In order to best support students and provide a public service experience during COVID-19, the IOP has waived the length requirements for the Director’s Internship and Summer Stipend programs in summer 2020. This allows students to participate in an internship in public service remotely with financial support even if it is of a shorter duration.
Internships are normally eligible for IOP programs if they are full time, i.e. 35-40 hours/week. However, in light of the current situation, that hourly requirement may be adjusted on an individual basis in summer 2020.
For the Director’s Internship program, we are in contact with students and hosts for whom either of these situations apply; for the Summer Stipend program, all applicants must indicate the length of their internship in their application.
Q: If I participate in the IOP Summer Programs in 2020, how will my eligibility for future Director’s Internships and Summer Stipends be affected?
A: If you receive funding from the IOP this summer, you will be eligible for future funding through the IOP Director’s Internship and Summer Stipend program.
If you have previously accepted a Director’s Internship or applied for a Summer Stipend, please see applicable Q&A below.
Director’s Internship (DI)
Q: I accepted a domestic IOP Director’s Internship. What happens with that position now? A: The IOP is in contact with our Director’s Internship hosts to determine if they are able to support student internships remotely during this summer. We will notify individual students as we receive information from host organizations.
Q: I accepted an international IOP Director’s Internship. What happens with that position?
A: Per University travel restrictions, there will be no IOP funding for international travel through August 31. The IOP is in contact with international Director’s Internship hosts to determine if they are able to support remote internships this summer. We will notify individual students as we receive information from international host organizations.
Q: I am in the selection process for an IOP Director’s Internship. What happens with that position now?
A: The IOP is in contact with our Director’s Internship hosts to determine if they are able to support remote internships this summer. We will notify individual students as we receive information from host organizations.
Q: Do I need to reach out to my host to explore if my internship is possible virtually?
A: No, the IOP is working directly with all host organizations. Once a host has confirmed they’re able to support remote work, we are reaching out to individual student(s).
Q: I had been selected for a Director’s Internship that is not able to support remote work, what happens now?
A: If a host organization is unable to support remote work, that placement will not be part of our summer 2020 programs. We are in direct contact with students for whom this is the case to offer support, and you can email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu with any additional questions.
Summer Stipend (SS)
Q: What does this mean for my Summer Stipend application?
A: The Summer Stipend deadline has been extended to Sunday, April 26th at 11:59pm EST, and all applications must be submitted through CARAT.
All previously submitted applications will be considered after the application deadline. If you would like to resubmit your application in light of any changes, please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu.
Q: I don’t have a confirmed internship yet, can I still apply for a Summer Stipend?
A: Yes. We encourage students to apply whether or not an internship has been confirmed. If you are applying without a confirmed internship, please indicate what opportunities and fields you are exploring or where you are applying.
The IOP is able to make conditional funding offers, pending internship confirmation. All internships will need to be confirmed no later than Sunday, May 17th at 11:59pm EST.
Q: What types of internships are eligible for 2020 IOP Summer Programs?
A: The Institute of Politics offers funding for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors accepting unpaid summer internships in politics and public service. Eligible internships include: local, state, or federal government, public interest groups, non-governmental organizations, political organizations, advocacy work, direct service, research and education.
Summer in Washington (SIW)
A: The SIW program has long been referred to as the IOP’s “third semester” and this summer is no exception. While the SIW program will not be taking place in person in Washington, D.C. over the summer months, we will continue programming virtually to ensure students have the space to learn and explore the vast array of opportunities in politics and public service.
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