Co-Curricular Programs



Co-Curricular Programs

Beyond the Classroom

Though the transformative power of Harvard College’s liberal arts and sciences education begins in the classroom, it expands also into different learning environments in and beyond Harvard’s campus. Through co-curricular programs such as research, public service, and summer internships, Harvard College students have the opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom in order to better understand and serve the communities around them.


Harvard Summer School offers over 200 courses that count for Harvard College degree credit.

You can also pursue co-curricular courses in the Arts. Visit the Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) for more information.


Fellowships provide Harvard College students with merit-based grants, or financial support, for specific summer experiences or opportunities. Some fellowship grants are awarded to undergraduate students for summer opportunities, while other fellowships extend beyond the summer and into the fall or spring academic terms. Harvard College awards a number of research and public service fellowships to eligible undergraduate students each year.

Chan Stride Independent Projects

PBHA’s Priscilla Chan Stride Service Program (formerly known as Stride Rite) supports students of diverse economic and social backgrounds as they become leaders in their communities by providing reflection and skill development opportunities, mentorship, and financial assistance. Scholarships are awarded to income-eligible undergraduate students to support a consistent, year-round commitment to service. Program participants commit to service work year-round: 25 hours/week for at least 6 weeks during the summer, and an average of 8 hours/week during the academic year, in addition to small meetings and leadership development. Preference is given to applicants pursuing full-time projects for a minimum of 8 weeks over the summer. The program is open to enrolled College students. Compensation up to $5000 is provided for summer service. Additional financial support (up to $4,000) is provided to support term service work. Scholars who complete all aspects of the program are eligible for graduation awards to support transition to life after college.

Applications and Deadlines: The application deadline has passed. Visit the PBHA website for more information.

President’s Public Service Fellows

Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Fellowship (PPSF) program supports a broad range of summer opportunities that serve the common good, awarding grants to 12-16 applicants seeking support for innovative projects that affect communities across the United States. Students from Harvard College and from Harvard’s graduate and professional Schools are eligible to apply. The program takes place in a variety of locations across the US. Program dates for Summer 2022 are to be determined.

Applications and Deadlines: The application deadline has passed. Visit the PPSF website for more information.


During the summer term, many Harvard College students pursue internships within specific areas of interest. Internships typically provide undergraduate students with learning experiences in fields of public service, professional work, or academic study. Harvard College provides undergraduate students with many internal, funded internship opportunities through the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, the Office of Career Services, and other Harvard centers and programs.

Office of Career Services (OCS) Internships

OCS maintains the Crimson Careers (Harvard-only) and UCAN (consortium) databases, listing internships and short-term projects posted by Harvard alumni and employers around the globe. Many of these opportunities are paid experiences funded directly by the employer, and represent diverse fields and sectors. OCS advisers are also able to help you brainstorm ideas to identify your own independently-sourced internship.

Office of Career Services (OCS) Independent Internships (International Focus)

If you are interested in pursuing an internationally focused internship or research assistantship with a duration of approximately 8 weeks, you can apply for OCS funding for an independent research assistantship or internship. The funding is open to all Harvard College students enrolled in the Spring term who also plan to enroll in the Fall 2022 semester. 

Applications and Deadlines: The application deadline has passed. Information and instructions are available on the OCS independent internships page.

Internships through Harvard’s International Centers

The FAS Office of Career Services (OCS) partners with many of Harvard’s international centers to fund their summer programs. More information about these programs is available on the OCS funded opportunities page.

Applications and Deadlines: Applications and deadlines vary by summer program. See the OCS funded opportunities page for a list of affiliated summer programs.

Internship Abroad

Study abroad programming will be offered for summer 2022 for concentration, elective, secondary field, and language citation. Through international study, you will become a more informed global citizen and gain important skills that you can apply in the professional world and throughout your life. Learn more about how to participate in non-Harvard study abroad this summer on the Office of International Education’s website.

Opportunities After Graduation

Seniors may consider applying for fellowships and scholarships to fund graduate study, travel, public service, research, and other experiences after graduation. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) administers both Harvard-specific and national opportunities and helps advise students exploring the wide of array of possibilities. Learn more about postgraduate funding opportunities on URAF’s website.

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