Teaching Internship in Greece

Applications are now closed.

Program Dates: July 2-17, 2020
Arrivals: July 1, 2020

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

Recommendation Deadline: February 17, 2020

Program Director: Nicolas Prevelakis, Lecturer in Harvard's Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, CHS Assistant Director of Curricular Development 
Administrative Support: Matina Goga, CHS Curricular Development Manager

This program is offered in cooperation with Harvard's Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and the support of Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.


The CHS seeks up to six Harvard College students to serve as Teaching Fellows for the CHS High School Summer Program (HSSP) in Greece. TFs will support the HSSP faculty members and participate in planning, coordinating, and teaching a two-week seminar. The first phase of the internship will be preparation in Cambridge, MA, during the spring semester, and the second phase will be the seminar itself in Nafplio.

About the High School Seminar

The seminar, entitled “Introduction to the Study of Humanity,” introduces high school students to the foundations of the social sciences and covers topics such as the different types of human societies, the factors that lead to social change, the relationship between morality and politics, and the role of nationalism, ethnicity, and religion in today’s world. The seminar relies heavily on student participation, class discussion, writing assignments, presentations, simulation games, and independent research.

For more information about the HSSP, visit the webpage

Phase one: Preparation 

March-April, Cambridge MA

In the spring of 2020, meetings will be arranged on campus at Harvard and the TFs will collaborate to prepare the course syllabus under the guidance of the Program Director and other Harvard faculty members. The TFs will compile the texts that the students will study, build the syllabus and lesson plans, and plan the students’ daily activities. The TFs will also participate in the selection of the high school students.

Phase two: Seminar

July 2-17, Nafplio, Greece

Interns should arrive in Nafplio no later than July 1, 2020. During the seminar, they will collaborate closely with each other and with the Harvard faculty members. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching the students and guiding their reading activities and study hours,
  • Planning group activities, simulation games, and discussions
  • Evaluating assignments,
  • Teaching the students research skills and how to use Harvard’s library e-resources,
  • Helping the students design research projects and prepare final presentations,
  • Reviewing the days’ activities with each other and the faculty members, and
  • Organizing the program’s closing event.

Life in Nafplio

TFs will live in hotel apartments in Nafplio within easy walking distance of the CHS, where the program will take place. Light lunch will be provided from Monday through Friday by the CHS. Interns will be responsible for all other meals and laundry. They will receive a stipend of approximately $335 to help cover costs associated with meals, incidentals, and other daily expenses. Additionally, the CHS will reimburse airfare to and from Athens up to $1,400.


Applicants must be current sophomores or juniors at Harvard University. Concentrators from any department are eligible. Applicants must have taken at least one course in political theory or political philosophy. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required.

Knowledge of modern Greek is not required.

The CHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.


Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

Recommendation Deadline: February 17, 2020

Applications are now closed.

Students interested in applying should

  • fill out the online application,
  • include in the application contact information for two references,
  • include a PDF copy of his/her most recent transcript,
  • include a PDF copy of his/her résumé.

The student’s reference may be a professor, employer, or advisor. This person should be able to comment specifically about the student’s academic records, their capacity to carry out the responsibilities listed above, and their ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other interns, the staff at the Center, and the scholars and students visiting the Center. Students should inform their references that the CHS will contact them directly.

The CHS will contact finalists in mid-March.

See this website for résumé guidelines and examples.


For questions regarding this internship program, please contact us at internships(at)chs.harvard.edu.