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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 offers the executive offices of governors througout the United States an opportunity to bring in Harvard Kennedy School students to serve for 10-12 weeks in the executive offices of governors throughout the United States, usually to work on projects involving policy and budget. Once chosen, students work in concert with the governors' offices to determine their specific duties, projects, and responsibilities.

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. The fellowship program provides each student a stipend plus partial travel allowance.

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.

The Michael S. Dukakis Governors' Summer Fellows Program Brochure provides information about past fellows' projects and information on how to apply for a fellowship. The deadline for submitting proposals for Summer 2014 has now passed. However, if you have questions or would like to know more about submitting a proposal in future, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

To view the Dukakis Fellowship brochure click here.