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As a preeminent research and teaching institution addressing global public issues, the Harvard Kennedy School attracts students from around the world.
Approximately 90% of international students on graduation take up professional opportunities outside the United States, usually in their home country. Close to 50% choose to undertake summer internships outside their home country, choosing opportunities in the U.S. and beyond. In both the summer internship and full-time job search, our international Students’ varied combination of language skills, cross-cultural communication skills, and extensive international experience, in addition to their Harvard Kennedy School training, are proven assets.
To review the employment choices of recent graduates, See the Most Recent HKS Employment Report (link to pdf)
Students who are considering employment in the U.S. should familiarize themselves with the Work Authorization process for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. Understanding both the opportunities and limitations of the U.S. job search will guide you in investing your time effectively. We encourage you to meet with an Office of Career Advancement (OCA) Career Coach to discuss challenges and opportunities in the U.S. job search.
The Harvard International Office (HIO) offers detailed information for visa holders.