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NOTE: The 2013-2014 application will be available in September 2013.
Applications must be received by 9am on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Students will be notified of their admittance by Friday, October 12, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Boudrow. Please submit online and have recommendations addressed to the "Oval Office Selection Committee" and emailed to: email@example.com or mailed to Danielle Boudrow, Women and Public Policy Program, Mailbox 100, 79 JKF Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Through the From Harvard Square to the Oval Office ('Oval Office') program, students learn how to run for office; be the candidate and survive an election; meet and bond with a select cohort of exceptional women; speak with elected women about their experiences running for and holding office.
Victoria Budson, Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, created the Oval Office program in 2004.
We have had eight Oval Office cohorts, with nearly 350 alumni.
Programming will run for two academic semesters, with a select cohort of students starting each fall and ending in the spring. There are ten skills-training sessions, approximately two a month, beginning in October and ending in May. In addition, there are mentoring sessions with prominent figures in political life and networking events with current cohort members and Oval Office alumnae.
No, Oval Office is a non-partisan initiative. We invite speakers and trainers from across the political spectrum.
Yes, participating students may apply for financial support for a summer internship, giving them the chance to utilize acquired skills in a real-world political setting. The internship is another tool to prepare students for life as a candidate and elected official, enabling them to learn about navigating electoral politics first hand.
Yes, students will have the opportunity to advance their political careers by connecting with elected officials, campaign professionals and Oval Office alumnae at networking events, such as dinners and movie nights throughout the year. We also encourage students to remain active in the Oval Office network through Facebook.
WAPPP encourages all highly motivated Harvard University students currently enrolled in a graduate program to apply.
Yes, international students are welcome to apply. We have had Oval Office alumnae from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
There are 9 skills-training sessions a year. Students must attend 7 out of 9 sessions. If you are unable to attend one session, you must make arrangements in advance with Danielle to make-up the session by viewing the dvd of the session.
A committee will review students' applications and select participants. Students will receive notification of the committee's decision via email.
Students should submit an application online at: https://wappp.wufoo.com/forms/from-harvard-square-to-the-oval-office-application/. The application contains:
Adia Hoag, EdM '08 and Cohort 2008, with then Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano.
“The Oval Office program was one of the highlights of my Kennedy School experience. Through this program, I was able to engage not only with some of the preeminent female leaders in our country, but also an extremely talented and diverse network of female students. The leadership training, mentorship, and skill building were invaluable.”
-Molly Kinder, MPA/ID ’08 and Cohort 2008
Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius addressing Cohort 2007 while serving as Governor of Kansas.