Our students work hard to earn their degrees. They’ll work equally hard to advance the mission and work of your organization.
Here is how your organization can connect with HKS talent:
- Share information about your organization (virtually): Bring the mission and work of your organization to our students and share your hiring priorities through an individual information session, through career chats/office hours, or by participating in a career fair
- Post opportunities in JACK: Publicize any full-time, summer, or part-time openings in JACK, our HKS job bank
- Browse HKS students' skills and experience: Request a customized book of our students’ resumes
- Interview talented and diverse students from around the world: We can help schedule interviews
- Experience what our students can do for you: Engage our students for summer or short-term projects
- Stay connected: Join the Harvard Kennedy School Employer Group on LinkedIn
Contact us to discuss how your organization can best engage with our students.
Employer Recruiting Policy, commonly asked questions, and JACK
Organizations like yours dedicate significant energy and resources to recruit at HKS—we created our employer recruiting policy to support your efforts. Our mutual commitment to the policy is foundational for a fair recruiting process.
Register in Jobs and Careers at the Kennedy School (JACK), our job bank and career management system, to post any open positions, fellowships, or internships at your organization.
When you post a position on JACK, you determine how candidates will submit their applications: email, through your organization’s website, or using JACK’s resume collection feature.
If you chose the third option, return to JACK, review, and export submitted applications.
We invite you to share your work and promote your organization to our students at any time through group presentations, one-on-one “career chats,” and our networking events. We encourage you to complete our Employer Information Session Request Form to identify times that work best for you to meet with our students virtually.
Once open positions are available at your organization, you are invited to post them on JACK and schedule interviews or participate in an upcoming career fair.
Our students typically start exploring summer internships after November; however, we will gladly promote internship opportunities to match your timeline. Internships generally run from late-May to mid-August.
You can post your internship on JACK or send it to us. We also encourage you to host a virtual one-on-one Career Chat to talk about your organization and internship opportunities to a group of interested students or pre-registered individual students.
It is expected that students will receive a stipend from their summer internship employers.
HKS may provide limited summer funding support for internships in the public or nonprofit/NGO sector when stipends are not possible. Students must have offers in hand by mid-March to apply for summer assistance. They do not receive academic credit for internships.
Our second-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) students work with public or nonprofit/NGO sector clients for their Policy Analysis Exercise.
Under the guidance of HKS faculty advisors, students work on an issue from September to April that is mission-critical to their clients. The end result is a written capstone thesis (for students) and a working recommendation (for clients). Students are not paid for this work; however, travel or related expenses may be reimbursed.
Contact our employer relations team. Together, we will determine how best to connect you with our students remotely.
Absolutely. Our Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) students are established, high-performing professionals with about 13 years of work experience. And HKS alumni continue to use our job bank and services as their careers evolve.
We are able to identify candidates with U.S. security clearance and contact them directly about your openings.
We identify organizations as our "recruiting partners" if they use our HKS job bank—Jobs and Careers for the Kennedy School (JACK)—to post jobs, host events, or access our student resume books. Register in JACK to begin our partnership and post any open positions, fellowships, or internships at your organization.
Our employer relations team will connect you with the talent and expertise you’re looking for.