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Dukakis Summer Fellows Program

A Nonpartisan Fellowship Program Designed to Prepare Students for Leadership in State Government

The Michael S. Dukakis Governors’ Summer Fellows Program gives Harvard Kennedy School students the opportunity to serve for 10-12 weeks in the executive offices of governors throughout the United States. Once chosen, a students works in concert with the governor's office to determine specific duties, projects, and responsibilities. Each Dukakis Fellow receives a stipend plus partial travel allowance.

The Dukakis fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Marilyn and Calvin Gross, Harvard College Class of 1956, in honor of Michael S. Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts.

Locations vary each year. In Summer 2013, students were placed in the following governors' offices:

  • Colorado:Governor John Hickenlooper (D)   
  • Maryland:Governor Martin O’Malley (D)  
  • Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick (D)
  • Minnesota:Governor Mark Dayton (D)
  • Montana:Governor Steve Bullock (D)
  • Oklahoma:Governor Mary Fallin (R) 
  • Oregon: Governor John Kitzhaber (D)
  • South Carolina:Governor Nikki Haley (R)   

Prior fellows have also served in Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, New York, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Michael S. Dukakis served as the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts from 1975–1979 and from 1983–1991, and was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988.