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Student Opportunities

The Initiative seeks Harvard graduate students to work with staff and faculty on projects that support participating cities, research, and curriculum development.

The Initiative’s work with cities creates an opportunity to inspire a future generation of city leaders. Harvard graduate students will have the opportunity to gain experience in city government by working on real-world city issues. In so doing, students can provide immediate value to participating cities and contribute to emerging research.

In Laredo, Texas - a border city through which more than $214 billion worth of trade moves each year - 2018 Summer Fellow Santiago Mota helped officials understand why a third of households remain in poverty for generations.

SUMMER FELLOWS:

Harvard graduate students will be competitively selected for Bloomberg Harvard summer fellowships. Beginning in June 2019, students will complete a 10-week summer fellowship in domestic and international city governments on an issue of salience to the mayor’s agenda. Fellows will be supported by the Initiative’s dedicated staff during their engagement. This year, we are proud to offer 17 summer fellowship positions. Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $8,500, plus round-trip travel to their fellowship city.

2019 summer fellowship applications will open on Monday, January 28, at which time interested students will be able to review the list of cities and their project descriptions. Students will be able to apply to up to three projects.

This fellowship is open to all Harvard graduate students, including 2019 graduates and international students. Ideal candidates demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, possess an entrepreneurial spirit and comfort with ambiguity, have a proven ability to collaborate on teams, and possess strong analytical, data analysis, and creative problem solving skills.

Applications are due by Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

For more information, you are invited to attend one of the following information sessions:

  • Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30 p.m. | Harvard Kennedy School | Rubenstein 414 David Ellwood Democracy Lab                                                                                                         

  • Monday, February 4 at 4:30 p.m. | Harvard Business School | Hawes Hall 101

Please contact Program Manager Glendean Hamilton with questions about summer fellowships.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS - PROJECTS FOR CITIES:

Students perform research to help mayors and senior leaders make progress on a range of organizational challenges by learning from practices instituted by other cities and the innovative ways they addressed similar challenges.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT:

Students work with the Initiative’s content team on projects to support the development of curriculum and cases.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS - GENERAL:

Students work on various short-term projects to support the Initiative and its cities on an as-needed basis.

These research assistant opportunities are paid positions, for varying lengths of time, depending on the project. Ideal candidates for research assistant positions demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, possess an entrepreneurial spirit and comfort with ambiguity, have a proven ability to collaborate on teams, and possess strong analytical, data analysis, and creative problem solving skills. Prior experience in consulting or research is a plus.

Information about spring 2019 research assistant applications will be made available by February 2019.

For questions about student research opportunities or general questions about the program, please feel free to contact us here or email cityleadership@harvard.edu.