Summer Stipend Program




IOP Summer Stipend Program

What is the IOP Summer Stipend Program?


The Institute of Politics offers up-to $5,000 in funding for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors accepting low-paying or 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.

What are the requirements to apply?

  • You plan to or have secured a Summer 2023 Internship that fits the parameters
  • Internships must be at least 10 weeks of full time work, and must take place between June 5 and August 11, 2023.^
  • Internships are eligible if they are full time, i.e. 35-40 hours/week.

What do I need to submit to apply?

  • Resume (1 pg)
  • Statement of Interest (1 pg) describing your internship, your interest in the organization, and what you hope to learn from your summer experience:
  • Internship Confirmation (may be submitted after applying)
    • Applicants must provide documentation (e.g. e-mail, letter) confirming the internship placement from the organization with whom the applicant intends to intern in Summer 2023. The confirmation should include an approximate start/end dates.
    • Applicants that are waiting for confirmation of their summer internship are still eligible to apply for an IOP Summer Stipend and are responsible for uploading/sending a confirmation once they have accepted an internship.
  • If you are submitting an application and are waiting to hear back from several host organizations, your application should demonstrate an interest in politics and public service and indicate to which internship or internships you have applied.

Am I eligible for a Priscilla Chan Summer Service Stipend as well?

  • Students who receive need-based aid for college and who have secured an Institute of Politics Director’s Internship or Summer Stipend for summer 2023 are eligible to apply for additional funding for living expenses up to $1000 through the Priscilla Chan Summer Service Stipend program. Learn more here.
  • Eligible students will receive their base stipend from the IOP and an additional $1000 from the Priscilla Chan Summer Service Stipend program.

  • The Priscilla Chan Summer Service Stipend requires a separate application. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET. Link to CARAT Application.

^ In extenuating circumstances, such as a summer ROTC commitment, applicants are able to petition for dates that fall outside this range and/or are not a continuous 10 week period. 


Apply by April 16th, 2023 at 11:59 PM!


All Harvard College Undergraduates who are returning to campus for the fall semester.
Sunday, April 16 at 11:59pm ET