Far Beyond Harvard’s Gates: Students Recount Summer Internships Across the Globe

September 3, 2010
by Corydon Ireland, Harvard Gazette

Excerpts from the Harvard Gazette

At the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), summer work and internships are considered critical to the student experience. Its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs sponsored student work trips to New Orleans, part of the ongoing Broadmoor Project. And the HKS-affiliated Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston sponsored 13 fellows from six Harvard Schools, including students in medicine, government, and business.

The Center for Public Leadership at HKS sponsored summer interns, including one who worked publicizing the newly released film “Countdown to Zero,” which features Harvard experts speaking on the danger of nuclear weapons.

Four HKS students took part in the News21 internship program sponsored by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. And Ash Center Fellows in Innovation worked in city offices countrywide.

Lindsay Berger, M.P.P ’11, worked with the educational adviser in the San Francisco mayor’s office. Her issue was post-secondary education and what she called “the missing middle,” that large cohort of high school graduates not ready for college....

At HKS, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations sponsored seven summer internships. Dalia Al Kadi, an M.P.S./I.D. student, studied the access barriers to diarrhea drugs in India. Irene Hu, an M.P.P. student, worked in Malawi and Ethiopia with the group Save the Children.

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Other HKS Internship Programs

Seven Fund Grants Fuel Students Seeking Enterprise Solutions to Poverty: Surveying bus drivers and micro-entrepreneurs about public transit in Rwanda. Striving to communicate with Egyptian nurses on health care innovations. Confronting the political bureaucracy in Swaziland. These are the firsthand experiences of HKS students conducting field research during school breaks. Read more.
WAPPP Cultural Bridge Fellows Blog from Across the Globe. By providing a stipend and contributions to travel costs, WAPPP encourages the students to spend a summer out in the world, making a difference. The 2010 Cultural Bridge Fellows are in Afghanistan, the Maldives, Turkey, Liberia, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Haiti and India, and they are blogging on their work. A complete list of their blogs and backgrounds can be found on the Cultural Bridge Fellows website. Read more.

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