Faculty Aide Program
If you are an undergraduate degree candidate with a 3.0 GPA or higher, you may become a research assistant to a faculty member through the Career and Academic Resource Center’s Faculty Aide Program.
If you choose to pursue a field of study, you may request to meet with a Harvard Extension School instructor for three advising sessions to gain discipline-specific course selection and future plans advice. The faculty advisor request is part of the field of study form.
Teacher’s aide internship
Each fall you can apply for a paid internship ($12 per hour for 100 hours) at St. Peter’s School in Cambridge (K-8), where you can gain classroom experience as a teacher’s aide to support a future career in education. You must be 18 years or older and have completed a minimum of 32 credits at Harvard with 3.0 GPA or higher. To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com by September 1. The cover letter should include:
- Your interest in the internship
- Experience working with children
- Age group(s) most interested in teaching
- Future plans
- Day and time availability (e.g., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1-3 pm, or Tuesday and Thursday, 8-11 am).
St. Peter’s is open 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Most interns work 10 to 15 hours a week over two to three days in the classroom along side the teacher helping an individual child or small groups of children complete lesson plans in a variety of subjects, including literature, social studies, science, mathematics, religion, art, computer science, and music. There is potential to be rehired for the spring semester.
Naval War College internship
Each fall we also offer an unpaid internship at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The faculty are engaged in a variety of projects related to national defense, international security affairs, leadership, economics, and regional studies. Interns work one-on-one with a member of the War College faculty on a research project. You must be 18 years or older, a citizen of the United States, and have completed a minimum of 32 credits at Harvard with a 3.33 GPA or higher. Preference is given to government and international relations concentrators. To apply, submit a résumé, cover letter, and Declaration for Federal Employment to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1. The cover letter should include:
- Your interest in the internship
- Research experience
- Topic(s) most interested in researching
- Future plans
- Day and time availability
You must be enrolled in Extension School courses while participating in the internship and you are required to spend, at minimum, a full morning or afternoon at the War College, every other week for a few months. Traveling to Rhode Island is a requirement for the position.
Harvard Graduate School of Education tuition voucher
You can apply for a voucher to take one 4-credit Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) course for free (only one voucher per student). At the time of the application deadline, you must have completed 96 credits, of which a minimum of 32 at Harvard is required with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The deadlines are July 1 for fall and December 1 for spring. See Forms to download the HGSE tuition voucher petition.
Harvard Summer School offers study abroad opportunities for 8 credits. Most programs have February 1 deadlines, so you need to start researching and gathering application materials in November and December. In addition, Lynn Rublee, undergraduate advisor, can help you find other international-study programs that fit your budget and schedule. To schedule an appointment with Lynn, visit the portal, my.extension.harvard.edu.
Reading and research course
Pursue your own research project under the supervision of a lecturer in extension or a teaching member of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences or one of Harvard’s graduate schools. The option counts as 4 credits. To be eligible, you must have completed 64 credits toward the degree, with 32 credits at the Extension School and 12 credits in the research area, and have a GPA of 3.33 or higher. You can only complete one reading and research project. Ordinarily, you complete the project in your final year of study, similar to an undergraduate thesis. Meet with the assistant director at least a month prior to the application deadlines and before contacting potential reading and research directors.
The application deadline is August 30 for fall projects, January 30 for spring projects, and June 1 for summer projects. Tuition is $1,175. Reading and research courses do not fulfill the residency requirement. See Forms to download a reading and research proposal form.
Special Student status
Special Student status enables you to enroll in two courses a term for an academic year in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. If by the application deadline you have a 3.33 GPA and have completed 32 credits at the Extension School you may apply, with recommendations from the assistant director and two instructors.
Application is in two steps:
- First, you submit the Special Student petition (see Forms) and schedule an appointment with the assistant director by the deadlines: September 1 for spring 2013 and February 1 for the 2013–14 academic year.
- Second, after approval by the assistant director, you submit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Special Student Application by October 1 and March 1, respectively. If you don’t meet the deadline or receive approval for the first step, you can't move on to the second.
Special Student courses must be taken for a letter grade and are recorded as undergraduate credit, unless you cross register at one of the graduate schools at Harvard. All Special Student courses count toward your cumulative GPA at Harvard and fulfill Harvard instructor requirements (fulfillment of other requirements will vary). You pay the full FAS tuition of $4,697 per course. A limited number of scholarships are available. To become eligible, fill out and submit the Special Student Scholarship form.
Phillips Brooks House Association
This student-run public service organization at Harvard University consists of 77 program committees and more than 1,800 student volunteers, and serves close to 10,000 clients in the Cambridge and Boston area. To volunteer with association programs, attend the Phillips Brooks House Association open house that is ordinarily held during the first of week of classes each fall and spring term.