Public Service


Public service opportunities at Eliot come in many shapes and sizes, from pro bono music lessons for disadvantaged youth to conversations with visionary public leaders on how to address some of our most pressing policy challenges.

The Public Service team at Eliot is here to provide students with such opportunities and to be a sounding board for ideas: to help facilitate student initiatives that promote public welfare and to help students discover how their interests and skills can be of public service beyond Harvard.

Please feel free to reach out to Jisung (, Val (, or your undergraduate public service representatives within the house for more information!


Harvard Public Service Resources:

Phillips Brooks House Association

The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is the largest student organization at Harvard College with approximately 1400 volunteers engaged in over 80 service and social change programs.

Center for Public Interest Careers

The Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) engages and supports Harvard undergraduates and recent graduates in expanding awareness of and exploring public interest careers.


Harvard in the Community

This web directory is a comprehensive guide to the community service programs offered by Harvard University. Listed therein are hundreds of programs and activities ranging from mentoring and afterschool programs — to professional development seminars and forums for civic leaders. Together these programs draw on the energy of thousands of Harvard’s faculty, staff and students working together in our host neighborhoods. Visit the get involved page for more information.

Institute of Politics

A memorial to President Kennedy, The Institute of Politics’ mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis and to stimulate and nurture their interest in public service and leadership. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. Visit the get involved page for more

The Hauser Center

The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University is a university-wide center for the study of nonprofit organizations and civil society. The Hauser Center seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about the leadership of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations through the key goals of research, education, and practice. For more information, visit the get involved