Teaching Internships in Greece

Timeline: July 6-22, 2017
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Recommendation Deadline: February 20, 2017

The application is now closed.


The CHS seeks four Harvard College students to fill internships teaching the CHS High School Summer Program (HSSP) in Greece. Interns will assist the HSSP faculty members in planning, coordinating, and teaching the 2-week, college-level seminar. The internship has two phases: spring preparation in Cambridge MA, and the seminar itself in July in Nafplio, Greece.

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. Based on authors from Plato to Habermas, the seminar 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, and independent research.

For more information about the HSSP, visit the webpage

Phase one: Preparation 

March-April, Cambridge MA

In the spring of 2017, the interns will prepare the course syllabus under the guidance of Harvard faculty members Nicolas Prevelakis and Kevin Caffrey. They will compile the texts that the students will study, build lesson plans, and plan the students’ daily activities. The interns will also participate in the selection of the high school students.

Phase two: Seminar

July 6-22, Nafplio, Greece

Interns should arrive in Nafplio no later than July 6, 2016. 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,
  • 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

Interns will live in hotel apartments in Nafplio within easy walking distance of the CHS, where the program will take place They will be responsible for their own meals and laundry. Interns will receive a stipend to offset costs associated with meals and incidentals, and 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. Pre-requisite for this internship is Social Studies 10: Introduction to Social Theory, or similar course in political theory or political philosophy. A minimum 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.


The application is now closed.

The application deadline was February 15 and recommendation questionnaires were due February 20.

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, high school teacher, 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 and ask them to fill out questionnaires.

The CHS will contact finalists to schedule an interview, which will take place in the Spring.

See this website for résumé guidelines and examples.


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