Public Service

Throughout the year, Adams House is home to a number of public service opportunities ranging from packing Halloween treat bags for school children to engaging in policy discussions with public service practitioners within the Greater Boston area and beyond!

There are many ways to serve on campus and beyond, from summer internships, term-time volunteering, or even a full-time career. To this end, the Adams Public Service team is here to help you figure out how to approach public service opportunities and funding, incorporate service into your career path, and have fun with service activities in the house. While public service usually evokes an image of the political sphere or non-profit work, public servants work in medicine, teaching and academia, community organizing and activism, journalism, philanthropy, law, the arts, and much more. We’d like to be a resource for you to explore putting your interests and skills towards a greater purpose.

Our team is comprised of resident and non-resident tutors, a student public service representative, and members of the Harvard and Greater Boston communities. We also work alongside the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), the Institute of Politics (IOP), the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), and other organizations on campus that provide public service internships, extracurricular opportunities, jobs, and funding. We host some regular and seasonal events each year, including:

  • Guest for Good Dinners: small, monthly dinners with public service practitioners in various fields to talk with students about their experiences
  • Public Interest/Service Opportunity Info Sessions: informal meetings to learn more about Harvard’s numerous public interest activities and funding sources
  • Advising Meetings: our team is more than happy to talk to students about individual interests in public service, review resumes, provide networking ideas, and more!

Check out the university public service portal for more information and feel free to contact the Public Service Tutors.