Student Opportunities

CPL has grown into a second home on campus for hundreds of HKS students passionate about cultivating their leadership abilities. More than 100 of these students are recipients of CPL fellowships, while over 90% of the HKS students body have enrolled in at least one of our in-depth, faculty-guided leadership development programs.

Students standing in a Chicago park
Harvard Kennedy School students visit Chicago for a Leadership Field Experience trip focused on Opportunity Zones.


In addition to the Dubin Leadership Field Experience, CPL offers leadership development programs for HKS students including leadership development faculty-led workshops, leadership development cohort, and leadership development practitioner workshops. Details can be found here.

For more information, contact Ellen Gallagher, Senior Program Manager, Leadership Development and Rubenstein Fellowship, at


The Dubin Leadership Field Experience (DLFE) allows student leaders, under the guidance of a faculty adviser and the LD team, to plan a domestic student service trip to one of the 48 contiguous states. Typically held in the spring semester, the DLFE affords students the ability to immerse themselves in regional policy issues they are passionate about, expand their networks, and engage in experiential leadership development in service of the host city or region. Three pre-trip study group sessions are organized by the team to prepare them for their leadership field experience trips.

Recent DLFE trips concentrated on issues relating to education innovation reform in Memphis, Tennessee, inclusive metropolitan growth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and organizing across differences in red states in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Dubin Leadership Field Experiences are generously supported by Glenn Dubin and the HKS Degree Programs/Student Affairs Office.

For more information, contact Ellen Gallagher, Senior Program Manager, Leadership Development and Rubenstein Fellowship, at


Want to run for office? A collaborative effort between the Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics, Hi! I'm Running for Office convenes graduate students from Harvard Kennedy School and undergraduates from Harvard College for 8 sessions focused on running for office and governing. Led by Massachusetts State Senator and Harvard alumnus Eric Lesser (AB '07, JD ’15), the program examines the political DNA of this generation, studies the unique obstacles young people face when they run for office, and analyzes specific policy areas where emerging elected officials are making a difference.

For more information, contact Kevin Moloney, Communications and Events Coordinator, at


The Dubin Program for Emerging Leaders offers Summer Funding Grants to HKS students of up to $5,000 to support unpaid summer internships or research projects enhancing the student’s leadership skills or ability to serve others. Applications are submitted through the HKS summer funding Common Application managed by the HKS Office of Career Advancement.


CPL has limited funding to support student-run conferences and events during the academic year. Learn more and apply for conference funding here. Learn more and apply for event funding here.