Student Opportunities

CPL has grown into a second home on campus for hundreds of HKS students passionate about cultivating their leadership abilities. Almost 100 of these students are recipients of CPL fellowships, while over 400 others have enrolled in at least one of our in-depth, faculty-guided leadership development programs.

MayorSummer 2017 Dubin Leadership Field Experience student leaders with the Mayor Jim Strickland of Memphis, TN


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.


The Dubin Leadership Field Experience (DLFE) allow 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.

2017 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.

Application information for student organizers will be sent to the HKS student body in late September. Student participants will be chosen through a competitive application process in November.

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

For more information, contact Myrish Antonio, Associate Director for Leadership Development, at


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.


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 Myrish Antonio, Associate Director for Leadership Development, at


The Center for Public Leadership offers leadership development programming to its fellows, HKS students and graduate students across Harvard that teaches skills and competencies to practice leadership of self, teams, and organizations. The Latin@ Initiative is grounded in this framework and tailors several of its offerings to empower and build a community of Harvard graduate students interested in Latin@ issues through the following activities: U.S. Latin@ Leadership Development Groups, Latin@ Speaker Series, and support for Student-Led programs and events. Find more information about the U.S. Latin@ Leadership Initiative here.

For more information, contact Erika Carlsen, Assistant Director for Fellowship Programs, at  


Students have the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners at the top of their fields visiting HKS for short-term appointments. CPL organizes intimate workshops and other sessions throughout the year providing, offering mentorship and career coaching by our visiting Leaders-in-Residence.

For more information, contact Lisa Eschenbach, Program Manager, Hauser Leaders Program, at