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The Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellowship challenges graduate students from across Greater Boston to immerse themselves in the region's public sector through a dynamic summer internship experience. Now in its twenty-second year, the Public Policy Fellowship encourages students to apply their skills and passion for good governance to Greater Boston's public policy challenges and inspires them to enter careers in public service.

Students accepted into the program are placed in a paid, 10-week internship in key state and local agencies around Greater Boston. Fellows also participate in a weekly seminar series throughout the summer featuring discussions with leading practitioners and scholars from across the region and excursions to key sites like Fenway Park and Boston City Hall. 

Through the Fellowship, host agencies benefit from the skills, talent, and dedication of students who are passionate about public service. And students gain real-world experience while learning about how public policy is created and implemented.

Now accepting applications! Apply by January 6, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET

Public Policy Summer Fellowship Alumni
Government Entity Participants
Fellows Work in the Public Sector During Their Careers

Host a Summer Fellow

Each summer, Rappaport Public Policy Fellows contribute their passion and ideas to state and local agencies throughout Greater Boston while working on some of the most critical public policy issues. Host agencies help Fellows identify worthy and feasible projects and give them the attention and other resources needed to ensure that the Fellowship benefits both students and their supervisors.

If you are interested in becoming a host agency, please write a short description of a policy issue or policy issues that a Fellow might work on for your office and provide a contact at your agency who Fellows can email Rappaport Institute Associate Director Polly O’Brien.

Timeline for Host Agencies
  • September - January: Student recruitment
  • Late January: Applications due
  • Mid-February: Call for summer placements to host agencies 
  • Early March: Rappaport Public Policy Fellows announced
  • March - May: Fellows interview agencies for placement opportunities
  • May: Fellows choose host agency
  • May - August: Fellows work with host agency