The Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard brings to Citizen Alum robust program and practice models, insights into program sustainability, and a strong knowledge base relating to the choices and aspirations of gap alums in the two-year period immediately following graduation. The Center will help to facilitate relationship-building between Citizen Alum and the Princeton AlumniCorps and the affiliated group, The Alumni Network, thus linking Citizen Alum to a number of programs around the country. In turn, the Center will benefit from new connections with diverse Citizen Alum institutions and from connections with the national effort, American Commonwealth Partnership.
The Center for Public Interest Careers engages and supports Harvard undergraduates and recent graduates in expanding awareness of and exploring public interest careers. Working closely with university, alumni/ae, and community partners, CPIC develops public interest fellowships, internships, networks, and opportunities for personal and professional development… Each year, these programs provide opportunities for more than 100 students to gain experience working at non-profit and public interest organizations. These programs allow students to explore careers in the arts, public interest law, journalism, the environment, medical research, education, and housing and urban development.
CPIC was founded in 2001 by Nick Beilenson ’58 and Judith Kidd with Andy and Dorothy Tananbaum, who provided funding and support to launch CPIC at Harvard. CPIC is a collaborative effort between the Harvard Alumni Association, the Office of Career Services, and Phillips Brooks House, which houses many of the public service activities on campus. CPIC staff and Harvard alumni/ae work together to provide events, seminars, and other professional development opportunities for students. CPIC is also a member of The Alumni Network (a program of the Princeton AlumniCorps, formerly Princeton 55). The Alumni Network is “a consortium of alumni-driven public interest organizations. These programs are founded and managed by alumni, staff, and students of colleges and universities around the country. The majority of the programs in The Alumni Network place summer interns and year-long fellows with nonprofit organizations.” The Network’s mission is to “foster the establishment of alumni-based public interest organizations, both nationally and internationally, and…[to] help originate, coordinate, facilitate, and advocate the activities of such organizations.”