Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellowship

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston encourages graduate students to spend part of their careers in public service through a paid, 10-week summer internship in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. Fellows, who represent all graduate schools in Greater Boston, participate in a weekly seminar series with leading practitioners and scholars and receive a $7,000 stipend for the summer. The fellowship program is a key component of The Rappaport Institute, which aims to improve the governance of Greater Boston by promoting emerging leaders, stimulating informed discussion, and producing new ideas.

Information Sessions at Northeastern

  • October 2, 2013 – Renaissance Park room 310R
Graduate-level students who will continue with their studies in the 2013-14 academic year at local universities, including Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Suffolk University, Northeastern University, UMass Boston, Brandeis, and Tufts University, who are studying in programs with public-policy implications for the Greater Boston metropolitan area or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are eligible for our program.
Students can come from a wide range of fields, including: architecture and design, business administration, economics, education, ethnic studies, divinity, engineering, environmental studies, geography, medicine, nursing, political science, public health, psychology, public policy, sociology, urban policy and planning, and women’s studies. Students from other disciplines are welcome to apply for internships as well, as long as their study somehow relates to public policy issues in Greater Boston.

For more information
There are three ways to learn more about the Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellow Program:
  1. Attend the informational session at Northeastern on October 2nd.
  2. Contact Polly O’Brien at 617-495-5091 or by email with any questions you might have.
  3. Explore the Public Policy Summer Fellowship pages for more detailed information. If you still have questions, please attend one of our information sessions or contact Polly O’Brien at 617-495-5091 or by email.
Application Materials
Applications should include

  • A cover letter, addressed to Mr. David Luberoff, Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute, that includes a list of issues and public agencies that interest you;
  • A resume;
  • A statement of 500 to 1,000 words that describes an public policy issue or issues that you would be interested in working on, why the issue interests you and some preliminary thoughts on a project for the summer; and
  • A writing sample, two to five pages in length, from any work that represents your ability to explore complex policy issues.
Please submit your on single-sided paper with a paper clip (PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE OR PUT IN A FOLDER) and a footer in the lower right corner of each page that states your name and “Fellowship Program.”

Applications should be sent to:
Fellowship Application
Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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