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Everything you need to know to stay connected to your alumni community and Harvard Kennedy School.

Commonly Asked Questions
How do I claim my HarvardKey?

The HarvardKey authentication system enables access to a wide range of applications and services that users across Harvard access every day, via a single, convenient login name and password. Alumni will use this login and password to access all Harvard and HKS alumni benefits, such as the HKS Alumni Directory and JACK (the HKS job bank).

Claiming your HarvardKey

  1. Go to the HarvardKey website.
  2. Select the tab labeled 'Alumni', then select 'Continue.'
  3. Fill out the form.
    Note: The HAA ID is a 10-digit number unique to you that can be found at the footer of any email sent to you from the Harvard Alumni Association or HKS Alumni Relations.
  4. Your HarvardKey will be sent to the email address on file for you. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please email us.

Resetting your HarvardKey password

  1. Go to the HarvardKey Website.
  2. Complete the form.
    Note: The HarvardKey Login Name must be the same as the email address on file. 
  3. An email will be sent to the Personal Recovery Email Address you provided in the form. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please email us

Problems claiming your HarvardKey or recovering your login information? Contact HKS Alumni Relations at 617-495-1394 or via email

How do I get a copy of my transcript or diploma?

The Office of the Registrar provides a range of services to alumni, including assistance with transcripts, certification of enrollment and degree verification, loan deferments, replacement diplomas, and notarized documents. Visit our Documentation Requests page for more information.

What career resources are available for alumni?

The Office of Career Advancement (OCA) serves as a hub for career and professional resources. Talk with an OCA career coach, polish up your resume and interview skills, and build your network. Find more information on our Career Resources page.

How do I post a job or internship for students or alumni?

Post an opportunity through the employer portal in our Jobs and Careers for the Kennedy School (JACK) database, the Office of Career Advancement's comprehensive job bank and career management system.

How do I search for classmates or other HKS alumni?

Find alumni quickly and easily with the HKS Alumni Directory. You can search the directory by name, program, graduation year, area of expertise, organization, work experience, public service interests, and more.

How do I update my email or mailing address?

You can manage your contact information and email preferences by logging in to your profile in the HKS Alumni Directory.

Do I still get library access after I graduate?

After graduation, the librarians at Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services are still here to help. Visit Beyond Harvard: Public Policy Research as HKS Alumni to learn more about assistance for your professional, academic, or personal research.

How do I find out more about alumni events?

Visit our HKS alumni events calendar. You can also connect with an HKS regional network in your city or region or Shared Interest Group (SIG) or a Harvard-wide club or SIG.

How can I attend or watch forum events?

The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics regularly hosts heads of state, leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media. If you're interested in attending a JFK Jr. Forum or watching online, make sure to sign up for the IOP newsletter.

How can I get policy content and hear from faculty?

Both Wiener Conference Calls and PolicyCast are great ways to stay informed of policy topics and engage with current HKS faculty members. Various centers around campus also have regular events—you can subscribe to their newsletters individually.

How do I make a gift to HKS

The quickest way to give is via our online giving form: hks.harvard.edu/give. For a full list of ways to make a gift, visit our how to give page.

What do Unrestricted Funds go towards?

Unrestricted funds fill urgent, current-use needs that equip students and faculty with resources to fulfill their goals of improving public policy and public leadership across the globe.

How do I make a gift of stock or securities?

Follow the University instructions for Stock and Bond Gifts and reach out to the HKS Fund should you have follow-up questions.

How do I make a gift through my Donor Advised Fund?

Use the DAF portal on the University website and reach out to the HKS Fund should you have follow-up questions.

How do I make a planned gift?

If you are interested in making a planned gift or bequest, please contact the HKS Fund.

How do I request a tax receipt for my gift to HKS?

Anyone who donates a gift of any amount will receive a receipt from Alumni & Development Services. The receipt is generated once the donation has been processed and is mailed to the donor's preferred mail address. If you need a duplicate receipt please email Alumni & Development Services at ads@harvard.edu.

I'm a student, what's the process for career-shadowing?

Below are some commonly asked questions about the Alumni-Student Career Shadowing program and the process for a student participant:

How am I matched with an alumnus/a? Students will choose which person they would like to be matched with, based on location and area(s) of interest.

What happens once I choose an alumnus/a to be matched with? You are put in touch with your host, after which it is your responsibility to follow up and arrange for a meeting date.

Will I meet with my match in person? Unfortunately the format of the program this year will be held virtually, due to COVID-19. This does, however, give you the opportunity to meet with alumni in countries or regions where you would not have been able to visit during J-term under normal circumstances.  

What is the value in this program—is it worth my time?
This is a unique opportunity for students to get to know an alum in a one-on-one setting and learn from his/her experience and career insights. Past shadowing experiences have led to long-lasting professional relationships and even job opportunities for some students. 

Does this last the entire January-term, like an internship? No, the shadowing experience is meant to be for a few hours, or an entire day, depending on what is most convenient for the alum and student.

Who are the hosts and where can I learn more about them? A list and bios will be provided to students prior to signing up for your match.

Can I sign up for more than one host? Initially we ask that students sign up for no more than two hosts. After a few days have passed and everyone has had the opportunity to register, we may open it up so that you can select more.

When do sign ups begin? The registration period will last from November 13–December 1, 2020.

For more information, visit our Career Shadowing page.