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Dukakis Summer Fellows Program

A Nonpartisan Fellowship Program Designed to Prepare Students for Leadership in State Government

The Michael S. Dukakis Governors’ Summer Fellows Program offers governors' offices throughout the United States an opportunity to engage Harvard Kennedy School students. A Summer Dukakis Fellow will serve for 10-12 weeks in the executive office of a governor working on projects involving policy and budget. Once a project has been proposed and a fellow chosen, the student will work in concert with the governor's office to determine specific duties, projects, and responsibilities.

Locations vary each year. In Summer 2015, students served in the following governors' offices:

  • Alabama: Governor Robert Bentley (R)
  • California: Governor Jerry Brown (D)
  • Colorado: Governor John Hickenlooper (D)
  • Massachusetts: Governor Charlie Baker (R)
  • New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)
  • Oregon: Governor Kate Brown (D)
  • South Carolina: Governor Nikki Haley (R)
  • Tennessee: Governor William Haslam (R)
  • Vermont: Governor Peter Shumlin (D)

Prior fellows have also served in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The Michael S. Dukakis Governors' Summer Fellows Program Brochure provides information on how to engage a fellow. The deadline for submitting proposals for Summer 2016 is Monday, January 25. However, if you have questions or would like information on submitting a proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also view a sample proposal from one of our state partners. Once you are ready, we invite you to submit a proposal.

The Dukakis Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Marilyn and Calvin Gross, Harvard College Class of 1956, in honor of Michael S. Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts. The fellowship program provides each student a stipend plus partial travel allowance.

A Nonpartisan Fellowship Program Designed to Prepare Students for Leadership in State Government

To view the Dukakis Fellowship brochure click here

This fellowship gave me an opportunity to return to my home state to experience state government in a way that would have been impossible through any other avenue. I have now returned to my state in a capacity that is better than I could have imagined, due in large part to my time as a Dukakis Fellow. I recommend the fellowship to students interested in specific issues or locations, and also to governors’ offices seeking a trained policy analyst to make progress on a tough policy issue.
Adam Luck, MPP 2015
State Director, Right on Crime
Dukakis Fellow in Oklahoma

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