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 2018, the IOP offered 100 Director’s Internships. IOP Director's Interns are responsible for completing 10 weeks of full-time work. Each student is eligible to apply for up to two Director’s Internships.
Reflections from 2018 Director's Interns:
After this summer, I have a much better appreciation for both the magnitude and complexity of the problems that government agencies must deal with. Working with a team to solve some of these problems has been an incredible experience, and I’ve gained new skills, new perspectives, and new friends along the way.
- Ryan Davis '19, U.S. Department of the Treasury
The atmosphere in WHO is unlike anything I've been a part of before. From fellow interns to technical officers, everyone is so passionate and driven about their respective department goals, and it is obvious that each and every person cares deeply about making a positive change.
- Danielle Etzel '19, World Health Organization
Hosting a Director's Intern
The IOP partners with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduates students interested in politics, government, and public service. These opportunities are fully-funded by the IOP, and interns are responsible for completing 8-10 weeks of full-time work.
The IOP welcomes inquries from organizations interested in learning more about the program; please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu.
For questions about the Director's Internship Program, please email IOP_ICS@hks.harvard.edu