Communications Program

Program Objectives

The Harvard Kennedy School Communications Program is a skills-based program that informs and engages a diverse audience, stressing sensitivity to a broad range of cultures and ideologies. The program strives to guide students in developing and executing written, spoken and digital policy communications that foster an ethical relationship between policy experts and the public they serve.

Communications ProgramWriting, speaking and digital communications are critical skills for professional success. By mastering these communications skills, Harvard Kennedy School students and graduates can present themselves effectively in speeches, memos, reports, position papers, op-ed pieces, meetings, social media and other digital venues.

Program Offerings

The Communications Program consists of both for-credit and not-for-credit offerings. A series of for-credit Communications courses focusing on public speaking and writing are offered each semester. In addition, workshops are offered throughout the semester to offer practical guidance in topics including public speaking, memo and report writing, using social media, blogging, writing op-ed pieces, speech-writing, holding press conferences, engaging in a digital environment, and cross-cultural communications. Students may take as many workshops as they like.

In addition to its for-credit courses and workshops, there are also dedicated writing consultants who work within the Communications Program. These writing consultants offer one-on-one consultations for HKS students in all areas of communications during their scheduled office hours and by appointment.

Each HKS student is encouraged to make use of all of the services provided by the Communications Program whether it is to take a for-credit course, a not-for-credit workshop, or to seek out the writing consultants or instructors within the program. We strive to provide the best array of offerings to meet the most important communications issues facing HKS students. We encourage you to give us feedback on the Communications Program throughout your time at HKS.

Jeffrey Seglin
Director, Communications Program, Harvard Kennedy School