The application period for Summer 2022 fellowships will open in January 2022. Below are the eligibility and application process details for the application period. 

When deciding whether to apply, we encourage you to learn more about the Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellow Program by:

  1. Attending an informational session at your campus this fall. 
  2. Exploring the Public Policy Summer Fellowship pages for more detailed information.
  3. Contacting Polly O'Brien at 617-495-5091 or by email with any questions you might have.


  • Graduate-level students who will continue with their studies in the 2022 - 23 academic year at universities in Greater Boston, including but not limited to Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Suffolk University, Northeastern University, UMass Boston, Brandeis, Boston College, and Tufts University
  • Students can come from a wide range of fields, including: architecture and design, business administration, economics, education, ethnic studies, divinity, engineering, environmental studies, geography, medicine, nursing, political science, public health, psychology, public policy, sociology, social work, urban policy and planning, and women's studies.
    • Students from other disciplines are welcome to apply for internships as well if they are studying in programs with public-policy implications for the Greater Boston metropolitan area or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    • NOTE: Law students at local law schools are eligible for a separate Rappaport internship program coordinated by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. For more information, contact Lissy Medvedow, Executive Director.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter, addressed to Ms. Polly O'Brien, Associate Director of the Rappaport Institute, that includes a list of issues and public agencies that interest you;
  • A resume;
  • A statement of two to three pages that describes an public policy issue or issues that you would be interested in working on, why the issue interests you and some preliminary thoughts on a project for the summer; and
  • A writing sample, three to five pages in length, from any work that represents your ability to explore complex policy issues.

Our online application will go live in January 2022.

Applications are due by January 21, 2022.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 21, 2022
First Round Candidates Announced: Friday, February 4, 2022
Recommendations Deadline: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
2020 Public Policy Fellows Announced: Late February - early March 2022