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Summer Internship Program FAQ

What will I do as a summer intern at the Berkman Klein Center?

For an intern’s inside look at a summer Berktern experience, visit the Summer Snapshot 2017, created by BKC communications intern Tym Yee.  There you'll find information about projects, outputs, opportunities, and the people!

Will you interview me for a position?
While we would love to talk with all applicants, we will only be contacting selected candidates for interviews.

Also, in 2012 we solicited questions from our summer internship applicants for an Ask Me Anything-style webcast featuring Berkman Klein co-founder Jonathan Zittrain and other Berkman Klein community members.  We addressed many questions related to our internship program application and selection process, and talked about issues related to career development and the Center's research.  Video from this chat can be found here, and may answer some of your questions.

When will I know whether or not I’m selected for an interview?
We move through our review as comprehensively and thoughtfully as possible.  We expect to begin contacting selected candidates as soon as we are able, but don't have a specific date by which this will happen.  Please know that we are working as fast and mindfully as we can, and very much appreciate your patience.

May I call or email you to find out more information about the status of my application?
We are carefully reviewing each application and are working to keep the highly dynamic review process moving forward.  So that we can focus our energy on the review and on getting answers back to you, please do not call or email the Center to get information about the status of your application.  We unfortunately will not be able to provide a status update for you.

How do my references factor into the review?
The references of selected candidates may be contacted during the course of our review, though we do not have precise dates for this.  We will not be contacting all references for all applicants.

Do you want letters of recommendation from my references?
The names and contact information you provide in the application is all we need.

When will I know if I am not selected as a Berktern?
All applicants - those we select, and those we're unfortunately unable to - will be notified when we have finalized our selection process.  We do not have a specific date for this, either, but we do expect our review to carry into Spring.

Are the dates of the summer program fixed?  If selected, may I start late or leave early?
While we think it helps interns and the summer community when folks start and end at the same time (orientations!  parties and celebrations!), we are flexible about dates as needed, and work with interns to set up suitable arrangements.

May I volunteer as an intern with the Berkman Klein Center for the summer?
We do not work with volunteers in the context of the summer internship program.

May I do a remote summer internship?
All of our summer internships are based in Cambridge, MA, and due to labor laws and other interests of the program, we are unable to accommodate remote internships.

Does the Berkman Klein Center sponsor visas for international summer interns?
We work with the Harvard International Office (HIO) to sponsor J-1 Student Intern Visas for summer interns who meet the requirements.  More information can be found on the HIO website at

Am I eligible to be selected for an internship if I’m an international student studying at a U.S. institution and qualify for CPT or OPT?
If this is relevant to you, you should be in touch with the relevant administrative office responsible for handling CPT and OPT employment considerations at your home institution.  We have been able to hire summer interns in the past with CPT or OPT.

If selected, will you help me find housing in the area?
Interns are responsible for arranging their own housing, but fortunately during the summer there are many rooms and apartments near the Berkman Klein Center available as sublets. Interns often get rooms in Cambridge or Somerville neighborhoods along local train or bus lines - Harvard, Porter, Davis, Central, Kendall, Inman, Union, and Teele Squares.  We do not have access to dorms or other Harvard campus summer housing.

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