IOP Now Archive

  1. Career Spotlight: Working with the State Department

    November 5, 2013

    Do you want to live all over the world? Are you interested in representing the U.S. abroad? Dozens of Harvard undergraduates answering, “yes,” to these questions attended the Institute’s Office of Career Services October 22 “Career Roundtable” event – and got a chance to meet and talk to the U.S. State Department’s New England Diplomat in Residence, Evyenia Sideras. But what is a “Diplomat in Residence?” Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the United States and who are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers.

  2. Every Day JFK

    November 4, 2013

    At Harvard’s Institute of Politics, a living memorial to President Kennedy, we work to celebrate the President’s legacy of public service every day.

  3. Millennial Must-Read: New Report Highlights Importance of Civic Education to Healthy Democracy

    October 9, 2013

    Authored by IOP Director Trey Grayson.

    What are young people learning about politics in schools? How can we improve the classroom learning experience? Are youth potentially the solution to partisan gridlock in Washington? Today, I joined several of my colleagues on the bipartisan Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge in releasing a new report to address these and other questions on strengthening the civic knowledge and participation of young Americans.  Our commission is coordinated by CIRCLE, a nonpartisan, independent, academic research center at Tufts University that studies young people in politics and presents detailed data on young voters in all 50 states. 

  4. Summer of Service: Political Consulting Firm 270 Strategies

    July 10, 2013

    Wil Shih '15 is a 2013 summer stipend recipient working with  270 Strategies in Chicago. This summer, I'm interning at 270 Strategies in Chicago, which is a political consulting firm founded by a few of the top operatives from the Obama 2012 campaign. It's been a great experience so far. My supervisor Mark Beatty, who was Deputy Battleground States Director on the campaign, is actually a Harvard grad and former member of SAC. 270 is a very new company so I've been able to jump right in and contribute in a lot of ways, doing everything from research to putting together chairs for their new office.

  5. Millennial Must-Read: Celebrating America's Birthday Abroad

    July 9, 2013

    Authored by IOP SAC members Katie Walsh and Amy Weiss-Meyer. To all of our American travelers, we want to wish you a happy 4th of July. You may not see fireworks, but we hope you enjoy Paris on Independence Day. After spending my July 4th on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last year, it was a pretty strange feeling to not be home, surrounded by enthusiastic Americans, but that didn’t stop me from embracing the holiday. My July 4th celebration actually began on July 3rd in Venice, Italy where I am spending the summer studying with a Harvard Study Abroad program.

  6. Summer of Service: Elected Officials Week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    July 6, 2013

    Caleb Zimmick '15 is a 2013 summer Director's Intern working with the Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker. This summer I am interning in the Office of the Governor in Madison, WI. The Governor of Wisconsin is Scott Walker. The Office of the Governor has about 35 employees in its many departments: policy, legal, communications, appointments, scheduling, advance, etc. I am an intern in the policy department. I am an intern in the policy department. The policy team is comprised of 5 staff members and 2 interns.

  7. Summer of Service: Political handicapping and investigative journalism at the Cook Report

    July 5, 2013

    Angie Berkowitz '15 is a summer 2013 Director's Intern at the Cook Political Report. This summer I have the pleasure of working at the Cook Political Report, the offices of which are located in the Watergate Complex on the western side of Washington, D.C. Several months ago, Charlie Cook, founder of the Cook Political Report was a fellow at the IOP. In a twist of fate, I became the producer of his study group and it wasn’t long before he became my mentor.

  8. Summer of Service: Elected Officials Week, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

    July 3, 2013

    James Pollack '15 is a summer 2013 Director's Intern at City Hall for Mayor Ed Lee’s Office. I was born in San Francisco, and have lived in the Bay Area for my entire life. Sadly, I haven’t been home much longer than Thanksgiving break since I left for school, but I’m spending my last summer (WHAT!?) working in The City. Since leaving for college, a few things have changed – there’s much more sports gear around since the Giants and 49ers have started winning. There’s a massive art project placing thousands of LED lights onto the Bay Bridge for a beautiful light show every night. Everywhere I go people are talking about start-ups and the impact it’s had on the economy.

  9. Summer of Service: Elected Officials Week, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

    July 2, 2013

    Adrianna Lucero '15 is a summer 2013 Director's Intern at the Office of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. I've never been into politics. Sure, I watch the news and love debate, but I never joined the IOP, ran for school government, or even had dreams of being president. My love of serving others has always manifested through hands-on volunteering; I imagined working in an elected official’s office would be boring and too removed from “real’ service. But just two weeks into my internship at the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson in Sacramento, I wonder if this summer will change my mind.

  10. Summer of Service: Working with underserved youth in Boston's South End neighborhood

    July 1, 2013

    Shaquilla Harrigan is a summer 2013 Director's Intern with the Keylatch Summer Program in Boston's South End. So, I officially started my job as co-director for Keylatch Summer. Program, a non-profit summer camp for students ages 6-13 in Boston's South End, at the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) right after finals ended. However, I have been preparing and planning Keylatch since I was hired in February. Time has flown by so fast that I can't believe that camp starts in less than a week! I am really motivated to help fulfill Keylatch's mission to provide low-income or otherwise disadvantaged youth in Boston's South End with a fun, educational, and enriching summer experience

  11. Millennial Must-Read: More civics, Better Citizenship

    March 5, 2013

    Authored by IOP Director Trey Grayson Recently, I spent the day in Chicago meeting with my colleagues on the Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge. Because of a snowstorm, I ended up staying Chicago until almost midnight, but the flight delays did allow me to enjoy some Chicago-style pizza from Giordano’s. Our commission is coordinated by CIRCLE, a nonpartisan, independent, academic research center at Tufts University that studies young people in politics and presents detailed data on young voters in all 50 states.

  12. Top 5 take-aways from the 2012 Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference

    November 30, 2012

    Every four years in the weeks following the presidential election, the Institute of Politics invites campaign managers from every presidential candidate to the IOP for a two-day conference. The media is invited to ask questions as those closest to the presidential campaigns share secrets, strategy, tactics and regrets..</p><p><h3>1. Romney spent a lot of time preparing for the debates</h3>Instead the campaign spent money after the Republican primary and before the Democratic National Convention to define Romney.