fbpx Host a Summer Intern | Harvard Kennedy School

Make your summer smarter. Hire an HKS student as an intern.

Your organization gets the skills, knowledge, and focus of an emerging public policy expert by adding an HKS student intern to your team. In return, they accrue valuable experience and exposure, put their skills and training to work, and deepen their professional knowledge of fields and sectors they envision working in after graduation.

Summer internships typically run 8 to 12 weeks, from late May through August. If your organization doesn’t have internship positions as part of its organizational structure, we will work with you to craft suitable internship opportunities to post to JACK: Jobs and Careers for the Kennedy School, our comprehensive job bank and career management system.

Contact our Employer Relations team to get started or read through our summer internship guidelines.

We are encouraging organizations to consider posting  opportunities for  remote internships during  this time of uncertainty around travel.

HKS Summer Internships
Where in the world do HKS students intern?
Summer Internship Funding

Most HKS student interns receive summer stipends from their hiring organizations. If you are from a public or nonprofit organization that cannot provide stipends, HKS has limited funding to support our students on their summer internships. Application deadlines for summer internship funding are early in the spring—students often need an offer in hand to apply for funding.

Review our current Employer Guide and Recruiting Calendar to learn how we can partner with your organization. 

Dukakis Summer Fellows Program

The Michael S. Dukakis Governors’ Summer Fellows Program is an opportunity for U.S. governors' offices to engage HKS students. A Summer Dukakis Fellow serves for 10 to 12 weeks in a governor's executive office. We invite you to read through a series of articles written by fellows about their summer work, and review a sample state proposal to help you with applying to the program. Contact us for more information.