BIGA Summer Internships

The Harvard Belfer International and Global Affairs (BIGA) Summer Internship program allows students, in close consultation with IGA faculty members, to design rigorous 8-week internships at public, private, or non-profit organizations in the U.S. or abroad during the summer between their first and second year at HKS.

Award recipients are chosen based on the merit of their statement of purpose and their academic standing. We encourage students to contact potential sponsors early. Students should leverage the services of the Office of Career Advancement (OCA), in particular the JACK database. They should also seek the advice of IGA faculty members as they develop proposals. Students may visit the IGA web portal for IGA-specific career- and internship-related information as well as to receive advice from former BIGA summer interns.

The Harvard BIGA Summer Internship program provides up to $7,000 per student to cover salary and/or travel costs. (Final $500 installment is remitted upon completion of final report).

Timetable:  The funding application deadline is set in February.  Applications are generally due in March. Awards are announced by mid-April. 

Please visit  the IGA web portal in February for particulars.

Application Details

Who is eligible?

Registered Kennedy School Master in Public Policy students, including BIGA Student Fellows, who have elected the IGA concentration, who will have completed two semesters of course work in residence, and who will be returning to the Kennedy School for the coming fall semester. You must be a returning student to apply.

What type of work will be supported?

The work or research must relate to international and global affairs in national governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations with international and global missions, or globally oriented private sector organizations in the U.S. or abroad. Students are expected to identify, in concert with IGA faculty members, potential employers and negotiate the arrangement. Candidates must negotiate scope of work, and obtain a written statement from the organization stating its intention to employ the candidate full-time for a minimum of eight weeks between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester. The work conducted under this internship program should be of direct benefit to the selected organization or world leader and should provide students with practical experience in their field of interest.

Where can I learn more?

An application will be available on on the IGA web portal in February.

Special Thanks

Thanks to the generosity of the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs and the support of the International & Global Affairs (IGA) Area faculty, the IGA Area will fund summer internships for a select group of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Master in Public Policy (MPP) students who have elected to concentrate in the IGA area.

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