Public Service

  • Do you want to help others procure their basic needs?
  • Are you interested in helping to improve educational and employment opportunities for the underserved?
  • Do you want to ensure that people, no matter their education or origin, know their legal and civil rights?
  • Are you concerned about the environment or wildlife?
  • Do you support any of the many social issues that affect our general welfare?

Harvard University offers a stimulating variety of opportunities for you to engage in public service, whether you have before or never done so. Here are some of the pathways by which you can enter into public service and make a difference in the world. 

The Center for Public Interest Careers

The CPIC’s summer opportunities include the Harvard Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowship Program and Summer Work-Study Grants for Public Service. 

Phillips Brooks House Association

The PBHA is the largest student organization at Harvard College; it is often called “the best class at Harvard.”  The Public Service Network (PSN) is one part of the PBH, with programs that allow you to work alongside community, organizations or schools to provide health, educational or advocacy services. 

Harvard in the Community

You can take part in community service programs and activities, from mentoring and afterschool programs to professional development seminars. 

Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Attend one of the Front Line with Faculty series or a panel discussion at the Hauser Center to learn about the transformative role nonprofits can play in society.

The Institute of Politics

Engage with academics, politicians, activists, and policy makers to learn how to make a difference in the world.