John F. Kennedy Program in Government and Public Service
U.S. Policy and Politics in Practice
Named in honor of a Choate Rosemary Hall alumnus, the John F. Kennedy ‘35 Program in Government and Public Service is an immersion program designed for students who possess a passion for philosophy, politics, and economics. This program develops skills through curricular, experiential, and presentation components spread over five terms.
Summer reading prepares students by building a foundation in understanding John F. Kennedy, his legacy, and his policies. All students take courses introducing them to political science and economics before choosing additional electives in law, public policy, and social psychology. Course work is augmented by small group writing-intensive tutorials allowing students to discuss broad philosophy, politics, and economics topics with a faculty adviser.
Off-campus internships allow students to apply their learning to practical experiences. Recent student internships include placements with Congresswomen, mayors, state senators, county judges, and within political campaigns, NGOs, and legal aid programs.
A TED-talk-style presentation provides a culminating opportunity for students to share their experiences with the community.