The Rappaport Institute Public Policy Summer Fellowship program provides funding that allows up to 20 graduate and professional students to work over the summer for state and local officials throughout greater Boston. The entities that host fellows and the people who supervise them do not have to pay the fellows, but they do have to 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.
Our fellows are interested in such broad areas as economic development, education, energy, health care finance, public management, public safety, social services, and transportation. While they all have ideas about specific projects, they also are open to your suggestions about what might be most useful for your office and rewarding for them. And while we cannot promise that we will be able to place a fellow in your office, we will make sure that all appropriate fellows are aware of your interest in hosting them.
If you would like to host a fellow this summer, please send a very short description of the issues or problems that a fellow might work on in your office and information on who they should contact if they are interested in working with you. All submissions can be sent to Polly O'Brien, who can also be reached at 617-495-5091 with any questions about the fellowship program.
Timeline for Host Agencies
September - January: Student Recruitment on Campuses
January 21, 2022: Applications Due
Mid-February: Call for Summer Placements to Agencies Sent Out
Mid-February - Mid-March: 2022 Rappaport Public Policy Fellows Announced
March - May: Fellows Interview Agencies for Placement Opportunities
May: Fellows Choose Placements
May - September: Fellows Work at Agencies