The Harvard Ed Portal advances Harvard’s commitment to education through youth programs that are designed to support classroom learning. From mentoring and clubs, to arts immersion, and High School Lab Skills Apprenticeships, these opportunities deepen students’ knowledge across subjects while fostering college and career readiness.
Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid
Harvard Business School
Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab
Harvard Innovation Lab
Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Department of Philosophy
Department of Physics
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard Peabody Museum
Harvard Art Museums
Harvard College Writing Program
Harvard University Department of Music
Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Office for the Arts at Harvard
American Repertory Theater
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
Family Nurturing Center
Jackson Mann Community Center
PRX Podcast Garage
The Literacy Connection
Boston Public Schools
Baldwin Early Learning Pilot School
Boston Green Academy
Brighton High School
Edison K-8 School
Gardner Pilot Academy
Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Jackson/Mann K-8 School
Mary Lyon K-8 School
Mary Lyon Pilot High School
Winship Elementary School
Boston Public Library System
For my students, the Life Science Laboratory Apprenticeship Program presents a potentially life-changing opportunity. Having them in the lab—working with researchers, talking about furthering their education—gives my students an opportunity to learn new skills from scientists who are at the top of their fields.
Brian Novoson, M.Ed.
Biology Teacher, Mary Lyon Pilot High School
High School Programs
The Harvard Ed Portal is deeply committed to supporting the learning and growth of local high school students through programming focused on academic, professional, and identity development. Students will dive into new and existing interests, build relationships with peers and mentors, and expand their horizons as they complete their high school careers and gain additional tools, knowledge, and experiences to inform their choices and decisions post-graduation.
Life Science Apprenticeships
Launched in spring 2018, the Life Science Apprenticeship Program gives students—who have not been introduced to life science work as a potential career—an understanding of opportunities associated with biotechnology and research science. Students learn laboratory and workplace skills, and are then placed in paid, part-time, six-week summer apprenticeships to expose them to a STEM workplace and the responsibilities of a STEM administrative or laboratory career.
Summer Internship Program
The Harvard Ed Portal Summer Internship Program was created to offer job opportunities to high schoolers in the Boston area. The program provides a valuable introduction to the work environment and consists of three main components: intern cohort projects, college and career awareness training, and Harvard staff mentoring.
In Summer 2020, 34 high schoolers from Allston-Brighton and Cambridge remotely worked with Harvard undergraduate and graduate student managers to create unique projects based on their interests, ranging from arts, web development, lab skills, storytelling, to youth programming. Below you will find a website created by one of the intern cohorts that showcases all the final student projects.
Our Harvard undergraduate mentors encourage youth to develop strong self-identities as enthusiastic learners—by supporting creativity, validating questions, and instilling the skills to search for answers.
Launched in 2016, Summer Explorations are weeklong programs for Ed Portal Members that are carefully designed to enrich learning, stimulate curiosity, and reduce summer learning loss. Past program topics have included robotics, ceramics, bike workshops, biology, theater and more.