• Project on Workforce Team

2022 Summer Fellowships with the Project on Workforce

The Project on Workforce is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project between the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Business School Managing the Future of Work Project, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Our mission is to chart the course for a postsecondary system of the future that creates more & better pathways to economic mobility; and, to catalyze action across leaders in business, education and policy to collectively address America’s shared skills & employment needs.

About the Summer Fellowship Program

The Summer Fellowship Program is a short-term opportunity for Harvard graduate students and 2022 alumni from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fellows will support the workforce and skilling ecosystem in the US by collaborating in cross-school cohorts that provide local and national partner organizations with project support, research, and/or analysis on current labor market issues. The Fellowship Program also provides students with opportunities for professional development and engagement with staff and faculty at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, the Managing the Future of Work Project at Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

We’re excited to announce that partners this year will include the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Boston Mayor’s Office, and more exciting partners that we will announce in the coming weeks. Project topics this year include implementing policy that will help make high schoolers in the Boston public school system career-ready and conducting new research on expanding Second Chance Pell grants for incarcerated students.

Student Commitment

Students will be placed in interdisciplinary, cross-school project teams over the course of the summer. Each team will be assigned a client partner project for the fellowship duration. Approximately four days per week will be dedicated to projects for partner organizations in the education and workforce system. One day per week will be dedicated to Harvard initiatives and engagement, including virtual check-ins with the cohort team and Harvard Project staff and faculty advisors from HBS, HKS, and HGSE, guest speakers, and connections to Harvard Project on Workforce research. Examples of projects completed by Fellows in the 2020 and 2021 Summer Fellowships:

  • Assessed new program quality indicators for recognized postsecondary credentials and provided recommendations for the US Department of Education on how to leverage this metric to strengthen value and quality in the Career Technical Education (CTE) and industry credential landscape

  • Developed a new framework and tools for career navigation at Bunker Hill Community College, New England’s largest community college

  • Conducted a feasibility study and provided recommendations for a universal, citywide college- and career-readiness strategy for the City of Boston involving local government, higher education institutions, employers, nonprofits, and the K12 education system

  • Proposed metrics for the State of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island to monitor the extent of the remote and hybrid shift, as well as targeted policies, such as scaling reskilling programs, placemaking investments, and office conversions that can help states convert the remote/hybrid threat into an opportunity for equity

  • Analyzed the changing supply and demand for healthcare workers in the wake of the pandemic for Massachusetts Healthcare Collaborative, a public-private partnership between state government, education, and healthcare industry

The summer fellowship will run eight weeks, from June 6 to July 29, 2022. There will be a virtual introductory orientation meeting in June for selected Fellows. Entering and returning Harvard graduate students and Class of 2022 graduates of the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education are eligible to apply. This opportunity will be remote. Fellowship participants are expected to commit 35 hours per week to the program.


The Project on Workforce will provide a stipend ranging from $3,500-$5,000 for students accepted to the fellowship program. Students are highly encouraged to pursue additional funding from their respective Harvard schools or other sources to supplement funding provided by the Project. Successful candidates returning to HKS in Fall 2022 are highly encouraged to complete the Summer Internship Funding Common Application and successful HBS candidates (RCs) are highly encouraged to apply for the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship. The Project on Workforce will supply supporting documentation for accepted candidates.

How to Apply

Interested students should apply at: https://forms.gle/oS3XQftiWEnsHaNk9.

Application Deadline: The final deadline for applications is Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Questions? Email us at projectonworkforce@hks.harvard.edu.

If you'd like to see the recording from our information session, please email the address above. Slides from the information session are located here.