There may be opportunities for you to work while enrolled at HKS to help you earn some modest income.

As a first-year student, however, we strongly encourage you to focus on your studies instead during your first two semesters. We do this because your course schedule will be rigorous—your studies should be your first priority. Once you have adjusted to your new schedule, you may then consider working as a research assistant, course assistant or teaching fellow, or, if you are a domestic student, take on a work-study position during your second year.

Working in the United States may be possible, but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has strict regulations for international students. You should not expect to finance your studies by working in the United States.

If you are an international applicant interested in working while at HKS, the Harvard International Office is an important resource for you to learn more about possible on- and off-campus employment.

You should only look into possible employment opportunities after you have enrolled at HKS. Part-time work may be a source of modest income during your second year, so long as it doesn’t interfere with your studies. Just keep in mind that most employment opportunities are limited and would not provide a significant amount to cover your expenses.

HKS alumnus Wei Luo MPP 2017
Alumni Perspective

I taught an economics course at Harvard College, which meant taking responsibility for every student's learning. HKS gave me the opportunity to take on leadership positions in and out of the classroom, and I will carry these insights with me.

Wei Luo MPP 2017