Public Service

Making a Difference

Every student has the opportunity to engage in service to society and to identify how public service fits into his or her life choices. Students can volunteer through a number of public service organizations at Harvard College.

Public Service

The Harvard Ed Portal

The Harvard Ed Portal offers innovative learning opportunities for all ages through collaborations among Harvard University, Allston-Brighton, and the greater community.

President Bacow and a student at the Ed Portal

ROTC at Harvard

Harvard and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) share a long relationship. Army ROTC was established on campus in 1916 and the University was one of the six original partner institutions of Naval ROTC in 1926. To join ROTC at Harvard, cross-register with one of the three service programs: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, or Navy ROTC.

Harvard Public Service Portal

The Harvard Public Service Portal is a University-wide resource that makes it easy to search for, browse, and learn more about the many ways students at Harvard engage in public service.

a group of stduents holding up cleaning items

Funding Resources

The decision to pursue public interest work is closely aligned with Harvard’s mission; pursuing available funding can help to make this choice more accessible. Many resources are available to Harvard College students at offices across campus; these resources can enable them to take part in rewarding public service activities during or after their studies.