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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 2021 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.

**Note: For Summer 2021, the Project on Workforce is prioritizing high-impact projects in the US federal government. Likely project hosts for Harvard teams include the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education.

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. Projects will be focused on pressing policy or operational challenges at the intersection of education, labor markets, and workforce development. 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 Summer Fellowship:

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

  • Provided recommendations to inform the design and funding of a new statewide career and technical training initiative for thousands of reskilling adults

  • Developed a new framework and tools for career navigation at New England’s largest community college

  • Built a first-of-kind technology platform to aggregate and curate free foundational skills content for workers displaced by COVID, in partnerships with over 20 non-profits and CBOs in Greater Boston

The summer fellowship will run eight weeks, from June 7 to July 30, 2021. There will be a virtual introductory orientation meeting in June for selected Fellows. Entering and returning Harvard graduate students and Class of 2021 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 2021 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:

Questions? Attend summer fellowship open office hours on Thursday, April 22 from 12:30-2pm EST or email us at

Application deadline: Friday, April 30th at 11:59 PM EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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