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Stepping away from the books every now and then can make you a better student.

Harvard has dozens of opportunities for extracurricular involvement. Volunteer. Play a sport. Join a professional interest group. Attend a conference. Share a skill. Learn something new.

Students congregate at the annual international festival.
Student Organizations

Harvard Kennedy School student activities are as diverse as our students themselves. You will find more than 80 student-run organizations that run a full range of topics and activities. They also provide valuable networking opportunities both on and off campus for you to connect with your classmates and other students, HKS alumni, community leaders, and policymakers.

Our students are involved with groups, including:

  • Africa Caucus
  • Arts and Culture in Public Life
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus
  • Black Student Union
  • Business and Government Professional Interest Council
  • City+Local Professional Interest Council
  • Democratic Caucus
  • The Future Society
  • Gender Policy Union
  • Latinx Caucus
  • LGBTQ Caucus
  • Republican Caucus
  • Soccer Team
  • Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Professional Interest Council
  • Tech Professional Interest Council

Contact our Office of Student Services team for a complete list of current student organizations at HKS. 

Student Group Working to Improve Gender Balance in the National Security Field

Alexandra Schmitt MPP 2019 and Gabrielle Tarini MPP 2019 created the student organization W3D: Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development to help address the gender gap in security studies at HKS and in the broader foreign policy community.

At a recent W3D event, Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (center) meets with Jesca Muyingo (right), UN Chief of UNMIL Radio and Focal Point for Women in Liberia, and Meredith Davis Tavera MPP 2018 and Charles P. Rangel Fellow in the U.S. State Department. (photo credit: Bennett Craig)

Student Public Service Collaborative

Another way you can get involved in community service is to participate in the Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC). This student-led organization is dedicated to promoting the ideals of public service on campus and in the surrounding community. Its many activities include monthly volunteering opportunities, food and clothing drives, and the annual Public Service Week, which features workshops, lectures, and a day of service during the spring semester.

Take a Faculty Member to Lunch Program

The Take a Faculty Member to Lunch Program is one of our most popular activities. The way it works is simple: You and a small group of your classmates take a faculty member to lunch—your treat, thanks to HKS. It is a lively way for you and a faculty member to spend time together outside of the classroom.

Quorum Calls

A quorum call is a parliamentary practice used to summon absent members of a deliberative body. At HKS it is an opportunity for you to mingle with students from all degree programs and unwind at the end of the week over snacks and refreshments. The Kennedy School Student Government along with other HKS groups co-host the Quorum Calls every Friday at 4 pm.