The Summer Work Experience Reading and Research is an independent research project that is related to the work experience during a summer internship. This course is open to any degree program student who completes a summer internship experience between their first and second year of a two-year program. International students may use this to qualify for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). You may learn more about CPT at http://www.hio.harvard.edu/curricular-practical-training-cpt.
Students engage with a faculty member in the area of a desired policy issue to have them supervise and grade the project. Students will submit a 7 to 10 page paper on (1) a public policy topic related to but not directly overlapping with the policy issues explored and worked on during the summer internship, or, (2) a public policy topic related to the country in which in the internship took place.
The Summer Work Experience Reading & Research may be supervised only by HKS faculty at the ranks of Assistant, Associate and full Professor, Professor of Practice, Senior Lecturer, and Lecturer.
Summer Work Experience Reading & Research (SMR-003) are graded “Sat/Unsat” only, and may be taken for 1 credit. This credit will not count toward the graduation credit requirements. Students are required to complete a Summer Work Experience Reading & Research Contract prior to the start of the employment. The contract is a formal agreement between the student and the faculty member outlining the work the student must accomplish to receive a grade.
You may learn more about the Summer Work Experience Reading & Research at https://knet.hks.harvard.edu/DPSA/Registrar/Pages/Courses-Reading-and-Research.aspx.