Director's Internship Program

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The Director’s Internship program is a signature of the IOP. Since 1995, the IOP has partnered with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduate students interested in politics, government, and public service. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills.


In the summer of 2015, the IOP offered 100 Director’s Internships, each fully funded by the IOP in the amount of $4000. IOP Director's Interns are responsible for completing 8-10 weeks of full-time work. Each student is eligible to apply for up to two Director’s Internships.

Watch one of our 2014 Director's Intern of the Week clips with Jack Smith

Reflections from 2015 Director's Interns:

"At the NAACP, I felt like I was at the right place at the right time considering how the issue of racial justice is now at the forefront of our public discourse. The folks at the NAACP did a great job of making sure that as an intern, I did meaningful work every day. I really felt like I was part of the team and making a difference with my research, writing, and organizing."

- Dennis Ojogho '16, NAACP

"GPS was everything I hoped it would be. I was exposed to an industry I knew nothing about and was surrounded by all parts of that industry within the Turner building even outside of the GPS program just by working for CNN. I had to learn about so many different global affairs that I knew very little about in order to provide reports and research for other team members and to propose my own segment pitches. I felt as though everyday was a new opportunity to learn and contribute to the tangible product of a weekly show. The group was incredibly friendly and passionate about what they do. They kept me busy and challenged me to do more and take on as much as I could. They served as amazing co-workers who demonstrated the highest level of performance both within and without the workplace, and set a high bar to which I will strive in developing my personal character as not only a worker but as a person."

- Skip Rosamilia '17, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

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Returning Harvard College Undergraduates. Former Director's Interns are not eligible.
Application Due Date: 
January 31, 2016 at 11:59pm, *DIA Internship - Novemeber 15, 2015 at 11:59pm*