Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellowship

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston encourages graduate students to spend part of their careers in public service through a paid, 10-week summer internship in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. Fellows, who represent all graduate schools in Greater Boston, participate in a weekly seminar series with leading practitioners and scholars and receive a $7,000 stipend for the summer. The fellowship program is a key component of The Rappaport Institute, which aims to improve the governance of Greater Boston by promoting emerging leaders, stimulating informed discussion, and producing new ideas.

Information Sessions at Northeastern

  • October 4, 8:00 – 9:00 am | West Village F, Room 10
  • October 4, 5:00 – 6:00 pm | Ryder Hall 270
Graduate-level students who will continue with their studies in the 2012-13 academic year at local universities, including Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Suffolk University, Northeastern University, UMass Boston, Brandeis, and Tufts University, who are studying in programs with public-policy implications for the Greater Boston metropolitan area or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are eligible for our program.
Students can come from a wide range of fields, including: architecture and design, business administration, economics, education, ethnic studies, divinity, engineering, environmental studies, geography, medicine, nursing, political science, public health, psychology, public policy, sociology, urban policy and planning, and women’s studies. Students from other disciplines are welcome to apply for internships as well, as long as their study somehow relates to public policy issues in Greater Boston.
For more information
There are three ways to learn more about the Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellow Program:
  1. Attend an informational session at your campus this fall. We are currently working to have at least one informational session at the following campuses this fall. More details will be released as they are confirmed this fall. Please check the Rappaport Institute website for updates and information.
  2. Contact Polly O’Brien at 617-495-5091 or by email with any questions you might have.
  3. Explore the Public Policy Summer Fellowship pages for more detailed information. If you still have questions, please attend one of our information sessions or contact Polly O’Brien at 617-495-5091 or by email.
Application Materials
Applications should include
  • A cover letter, addressed to Mr. David Luberoff, Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute, that includes a list of issues and public agencies that interest you;
  • A resume;
  • A statement of 500 to 1,000 words that describes an public policy issue or issues that you would be interested in working on, why the issue interests you and some preliminary thoughts on a project for the summer; and
  • A writing sample, two to five pages in length, from any work that represents your ability to explore complex policy issues.
Please submit your application on single-sided paper with a paper clip (PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE OR PUT IN A FOLDER) and a footer in the lower right corner of each page that states your name and “Fellowship Program.”
Applications should be sent to:
Fellowship Application
Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Applications are due by January 20, 2012.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Forum and The Humanities Center Best Graduate Research Award

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Forum (IGS

In a series of meetings, each featuring graduate student guest speakers, this forum provides the opportunity for students from across disciplines to share their work with one another.

These forums are intended to bring together graduate students from all academic disciplines at Northeastern University to create a collaborative and interdisciplinary intellectual community. The forums provide a unique opportunity to expand research through collaborative processes and to discuss approaches to research through a variety of methodological and theoretical frameworks.

We are currently inviting Northeastern University graduate students to submit papers for the IGSF for the 2011-2012 academic year. Graduate students from all academic departments are welcome to apply. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis or until all forums are filled. There will be 4 forums in total. 2 IGSFs will take place during the fall semester and 2 will occur during the spring semester. Each forum will consist of 2 presenters from different academic departments. Paper presentations will be followed by a discussion.

The following provides more detailed information for submission:

  • Individual paper presentations should range from 15-20 minutes.
  • Please submit the following materials:

o   At least three proposed dates and times in order of preference that you can potentially present on.

o   The title of the proposed paper.

o   An abstract that does not exceed 500 words. The abstract should include the paper’s argument, theoretical framework, and a brief bibliography which does not count toward the word limit.

o   A brief bio of 200 words or less.

The Northeastern University Humanities Center Best Graduate Research Award

One paper from the 2011-2012 IGSF will be recognized with The Northeastern University Humanities Center Best Graduate Research Award. This award will be given to an unpublished written work that exemplifies the mission of the Northeastern University Humanities Center: interdisciplinarity; innovative thinking; and a concern for the critical questions of our time that need addressing. Submissions will be reviewed by faculty affiliated with the Northeastern University Humanities Center.


Graduate Students who presented at an IDGSF during the 2011-2012 academic year. Additionally, only papers which were presented at the 2011-2012 forums will be accepted.


  • Eligible students must submit an electronic version of their paper to nuhumanities@neu.edu by March 31, 2012.
  • Papers should be a maximum of 30 pages.
Papers Presented at Previous IDGSFs


  • Lana Cook: ‘”All in the Game”: Value and HBO’s The Wire
  • Jen Sopchockchai: “The Textual Absence and Cinematic Presence of Romance in The Lord of the Rings and Prince Caspian


  • Autumn Mathias: “The “Supply” of Sex Trafficking in India and Barriers to Reintegration: Globalization, Fundamentalist Discourse, and the State”
  • Yingchan Zhang: “The Experiences of Immigrant Nurses in Lowell, MA: A Case Study”
  • Katrina Uhly: “Loosening the Foundations for Action: Feminist Theory and Sociology in the Academy”
  • Christopher Prener: “Negotiation and Collaboration: The Contested Terrain of Emergency Medical Service Work”
  • Michael Dedek: “Human as Environment, Environment as Human: the Lyric Speaker in Gary Snyder’s Early Poems”
  • Estye Fenton: “Ideologies of Mothering and Women’s Labor Force Participation”


  • Joshua Sooter: ‘”We Must Know of Them”: Christian Missionaries’ Efforts to Know and Convert Chinese Muslims, 1910-1950″
  • Stephanie Boyle: “Medical Cosmopolitanism: Religion and Medical Collaboration in the Egyptian Delta City of Tanta in the late 19th Century”
  • Stacy Fahrenthold: ‘”We Bring to America Our Great Heritage”: The Syrian and Lebanese Civilizing Mission in the United States, 1905-1935″
  • Rachel Gillett: “Biguines and Banana Skirts: Race, Jazz, and Gender in Interwar Paris”

Political Science:

  • Heather Browne: “Nationalism, Education Reform & Rational Choice in Egypt in the 19th & 20th Centuries”
  • David Smith: “Perceived Threats and the Integration of National Minorities”

Law Policy and Society:

  • Lisa Granquist: “Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and the Preservation of Massachusetts Coastal Communities”
  • Liana J. Pennington: “Legal Consciousness in Juvenile Delinquency Court: Understanding the Experiences of Parents and Youth”
  • Tej Kumar Karki: “Should Planners Join Politics?”

Communication Studies:

  • Julie Hall: “Talkin’ About My Regeneration: Putting the People into Planning”

Please contact Nakeisha Cody at 617-373-4140 or nuhumanities@neu.edu if you have further questions.

MyNEUFind Faculty & StaffFind A-ZEmergency InformationSearch

360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115 • 617.373.2000 • TTY 617.373.3768
© 2013 Northeastern University