Field Experiences

Leadership Service Seminars

The LSS program is designed to promote experiential leadership development and public service engagement for HKS students through structured on-site learning opportunities focusing on specific, relevant US domestic policy issues. It comprises an on-campus study group followed by a weeklong trip, accommodating roughly a dozen students each. **Please note that travel is not necessarily required to constitute a ‘trip’. Students are therefore welcome to explore Boston-based opportunities.

2013 LSS trips

In May 2013, two groups of HKS students ventured off to southwestern Virginia and Detroit, Michigan for self-designed public service trips. As part of the second year of the Leadership Service Seminar program, these trips were selected from a number of student submissions at the start of the spring semester.

In Detroit, Michael Clery and Gleitsman Fellow Art Reyes led a team studying issues of urban renewal and reinvention. Read about their trip on their website.

Zuckerman Fellow Dan Bowles and Hy Martin led their group in studying rural economic development issues in southwestern Virginia. Check out the team's daily journal on Blogger.

Both groups received funding and guidance from CPL, the Office of Degree Programs and Student Affairs, the Office of the Academic Dean, and CPL’s Student Advisory Board, but they were student-led start to finish.

Dubin Leadership Trip to Washington, D.C.

The focus of the 2014 Dubin Leadership Trip was Responsibilities at Home and Abroad in the Age of Gridlock.We examined the leaders at the local, national, and international levels who are finding ways to influence policy and drive progress even as Washington remains gripped by polarization and paralysis. Some of these leaders are forging coalitions in Congress; some are top-line negotiators and strategists in foreign policy; some are charging forwarded via executive agencies; and others are driving change—in the private, public, and civic sectors—at the local level, advancing solutions despite the federal government’s inaction. Learning up-close from those who are making strides at a time when D.C. is widely castigated for its paralysis will serve as a catalyst for out fellows and students as they seek to drive change in whatever challenging times and scenarios they face.