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Transition Term

Transition Term is a program for Harvard Kennedy School students to work in the transition offices of newly-elected Mayors and Governors during January Term. 

City and state governments are the most innovative places to work in the public sector. They are also short staffed at a critical and exciting time—during their transition into office. Harvard students can provide policy, technical and operational support during the transition period, completing short, meaningful projects while learning how an executive team moves from campaigning to governing. 

Students also learn about impactful career opportunities in city or state government. 84% of Transition Term participants agree: “As a result of Transition Term, I have a significantly better understanding of job options and pathways into city/state government.” 

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 Transition Term program has passed.

2018-2020 Placement Locations

Map of us showing transition term placements