IOP Now Archive

  1. Fall 2017 Poll

    December 4, 2017
  2. Internship stipends increase

    November 28, 2017

    Recipients of the 2018 Institute of Politics Director’s Internship Program will receive a $5,000 stipend for their summer internships, a $1,000 boost from past years.

    The IOP had been considering the increase for the past few years, according to Spencer E. Shapiro ’18, the current Internships and Careers Services chair at the IOP. Last year, the IOP piloted the $5,000 stipend for participants with financial needs and received a warm reception from the Director’s Interns, according to Shapiro.

  3. RFK's Legacy

    November 28, 2017

    Kerry Kennedy offered some inspiring words from her father's presidential campaign announcement speech. She was reading from 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews' book, “Bobby Kennedy: a Raging Spirit” during a discussion moderated by Mike Barnicle on RFK's Legacy. The panel discussion examining RFK's Legacy and its relevance to today's political and social climate brought many family and friends of the participants together with students in a sometimes poignant, frank and lively conversation lasting more than an hour.

  4. Brent Colburn heads Princeton communications

    November 21, 2017

    IOP Fall 2015 Fellow Brent Colburn will be Princeton University’s new vice president for communications and public affairs. He leaves a post as vice president for communications at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.


    Previous positions have included assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense; chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; national communications director of the 2012 Obama for America campaign; assistant secretary for public affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and director of external affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  5. Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors

    November 21, 2017

    IOP hosts seminar for newly-elected mayors

    Program offers dynamic workshops led by experts in public policy, media, the private sector and municipal governments

    Cambridge, MA– Newly elected mayors of major cities from across the country have come together at the Institute of Politics’ (IOP), Harvard Kennedy School's Seminar on Transition for Newly Elected Mayors. Every two years since 1975, the IOP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) host the country's preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new mayors.


    This year, more than 28 mayors and mayors-elect will gather from November 28 to 30 for the IOP’s conference, which will focus on best practices, supported by dynamic workshops led by experts in public policy, media, the private sector and municipal governments.  The IOP invites all first-time mayors from cities with populations larger than 75,000 to this unique program.  

    "One of our most rewarding activities at the IOP centers around providing a non-partisan, collegial forum for mayors, speakers and experts in a range of fields to form personal relationships,” said Bill Delahunt, IOP Acting Director.

    “Challenges facing our cities and their leaders have become increasingly more complex and demanding. We hope to become on ongoing resource for collaboration, information and support to the civic leaders taking on these vital issues,” said Delahunt.

    The  U.S. Conference of Mayors the IOP together have developed an agenda featuring a diverse group of top policy and media, private and public sector experts including a host of Harvard Kennedy School professors, and former and current Mayors.

    New mayors will participate in a variety of sessions. Topics will include Substance abuse and the opioid crisis, Managing city finances, Cross-sector partnerships and inclusive economic development, Principles of good policing, and Crisis Response as well as sessions on, new technologies, measuring performance, and developing a branding strategy for city development.


    The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy. The IOP’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service.  The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. More information is available online at

    The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,408 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

    Seminar on Transition  for Newly Elected Mayors Participants

  6. Forbes 30 Under 30

    November 20, 2017

    Former Director’s Intern and Gov. 2.0 winner Rohan Pavuluri '18 cofounded Upsolve to give low income American the means to get a fresh start through bankruptcy without having to hire a lawyer. Together with lawyer Jonathan Petts and programmer Kevin Moore, he built an online tool that eases users through the process of inputting the financial information necessary to create a bankruptcy filing, wrote Forbes.

    Upsolve was born out of Harvard Law School's Access to Justice Lab in 2016. After almost a decade of pro bono bankruptcy work, the founders wanted to build a better way for people get back on their feet. Since inception, Upsolve has received support from the Robin Hood Foundation, Harvard, and Yale.

    Read our interview with him in 2016 here

  7. Anniversary honor and remembrance

    November 15, 2017

    Gwen Ifill’s alma mater, Simmons College in Boston, is creating the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities as tribute to their distinguished alumna and PBS journalist. She was a dear friend and our much respected Senior Advisory Board member. And she remains an enduring example of what it means to live a life of purpose and service.


  8. Sen. Mark Warner at the IOP

    October 30, 2017