Students on HKS Day of Service

Student Life

Students come to Harvard Kennedy School from across continents and sectors and with different perspectives and life experiences, creating a globally minded community that is vibrant, intellectually curious, and diverse.

Activities, groups and initiatives led by students are a pivotal piece of the HKS learning experience. Not only do students share the same passion to help make the world a better place; they act on it, and in the process build lasting friendships and professional networks. They are leading conferences and caucuses, writing, editing and managing the student-run newspaper and policy journals, taking part in some 70 student clubs and organizations, representing their classmates in the Kennedy School Student Government, or volunteering for HKS Serves, a day of public service. 

About Cambridge
The Harvard Kennedy School campus sits on the Charles River in the heart of Harvard Square, a historic and colorful neighborhood in Cambridge where students and scholars, culture and creativity intersect. The Square is a hub of activity where lively restaurants, outdoor cafés, coffee shops, bookstores, and music venues surround the central leafy Harvard campus, a five-minute walk from HKS.

The intellectual and cultural experience of studying in Cambridge is amplified by renowned institutions nearby, including the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums, the American Repertory Theater, Harvard libraries and their vast collections, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Downtown Boston is a quick 15-minute ride on the T, the city’s subway system.


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