Our Mission

The Summer Politics Academy hopes to provide bright and motivated high school  students who are interested in politics with the skills and tools necessary to become leaders in their own communities and beyond. Through a rigorous introduction to politics, government and leadership, we hope to deepen students’ understanding of how our world functions. SPA hopes to educate the leaders of the future in the challenges of politics by providing a hands-on experience.

Program Details

WHAT: Summer Politics Academy is a five day summer program taught by Harvard undergraduates and specially selected speakers to provide high school students with an intensive introduction to politics,  government and international relations.

WHEN: The program will run Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm

  • July 8th - 12th, 2019 (M-F)

  • July 22nd - 26th, 2019 (M-F)

  • August 5th - 9th, 2019 (M-F)

WHERE: Harvard University

HOW: Apply Here!

The Company

Harvard Student Agencies, Inc. (HSA) is the largest student-run company in the world, employing more than 500 undergraduates annually. Founded in 1957, HSA is a multimillion dollar nonprofit that provides Harvard students with meaningful opportunities for employment and hands-on business education. Student managers lead all aspects of the operations and strategy behind HSA's 14 businesses, which range from publishing to tutoring to bartending, including Let's Go (the leader in student travel), HSA Cleaners (a laundry and dry-cleaning service), and The Harvard Shop (a storefront and web retail business).

Harvard Student Agencies, Inc., is not a part of Harvard University - it is a separate student-run organization affiliated with Harvard University.

Meet the Team


Gelila Wolle ‘21 – Summer Politics Academy Director

Gelila is a freshman in Weld concentrating in Economics and hoping to get a secondary in Psychology. She grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she spent most of her time doing MUN and teaching language to young children. Outside of HSA, Gelila is either pursuing her passion for feminism by doing programming and outreach for the Radcliffe Union of Students or watching a good K-drama.

Email: gelila.wolle@hsa.net


Dara Li ‘20 – HSA Tutoring Managing Director

Born in Singapore and raised in Plano, TX, Dara is a sophomore living in Eliot House studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a Music secondary. Her natural habitat is in the Tutoring pod of HSA, but you may also find her in the music building writing chamber music, Lamont B watching lecture videos at 2X speed, or bump into her on shift with CrimsonEMS. Although you might catch Dara saying she’s interested in the “intersection of art, engineering, and business,” she is actually passionate about spicy instant ramen noodles. In her free time, Dara enjoys arguing with Californians about the unquestionable superiority of Texas and forcing her uninterested coworkers to listen to her music.



Brianna Harris ‘21 – Summer Coding Academy Director

Brianna is a freshman in Pennypacker planning a concentration in Sociology with a secondary in Economics. She is from Brooklyn, but attended school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Outside of the office, Brianna can be found eating at El Jefe's or studying in Cabot Library. In her free time, she likes to binge shows on Netflix or get a quick workout in at the MAC.

Email: brianna.harris@hsa.net


Elizabeth Lively ‘21 – Summer Business Academy Director

Elizabeth is a Freshman in Matthews and is leaning towards a concentration in Social Studies. Originally from Needham, Massachusetts, Elizabeth went to Needham High School where she was part of the high school swim team and debate team. Here at Harvard, she is also part of the Harvard College Debating Union. When not in the office, studying, or debating, Elizabeth enjoys making the occasional visit home to bake cookies with her dad.

Email: elizabeth.lively@hsa.net