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ABOUT THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES Opportunities Connections Success The Office of Career Services, located at 54 Dunster Street, supports Harvard College students as they: ••Figure out Next Steps ••Find Jobs, Internships, and Summer Opportunities •• Prepare for thinking about pathways to ••Premedical and Health Careers ••Graduate and Professional School ••Apply for Summer Funding for International and Domestic Opportunities Come to the over 300 programs and attend drop-ins 1:00-4:00pm (Monday through Friday) to chat with an adviser to help you explore and navigate summer opportunities!

TABLE OF CONTENTS Exploring Summer Opportunities.....................................4 Finding a Summer Internship............................................8 Navigating Harvard Funding...........................................16

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SUMMER EXPERIENCES How you spend your time outside of class impacts and complements your learning at Harvard. Summer can be a time for rejuvenation, exploration of new interests, or for advancing academic or professional goals. The chart on page 6 provides some data on how Harvard students have spent their summers in past years. September through December is a good time to start researching opportunities and funding sources and to attend workshops, drop-ins, and an Office of Career Services (OCS) “Navigating Your Summer Workshop” planning session in order to learn more about diverse opportunities across the University and beyond. Most summer application deadlines are in winter and early spring; however some internships in fields like journalism or those requiring a security clearance may have even earlier deadlines. Students at all levels are able to find paid employment for the summer, however, many employers seek juniors to fill internships with a goal of finding talent they can hire full-time after graduation. Most for-profit employers prefer hiring juniors and some sophomores for summer internships, although students with tech skills may find paid positions as early as their freshman summer. While it is certainly possible for freshmen and sophomores to find paid internship experiences, many freshmen and sophomores prefer to study abroad, seek funding for summer experiences, volunteer for a nonprofit organization, conduct research, or return to a past paid summer position. All of these options can be fulfilling and transformative experiences that also build important skills for future employment or graduate study.

FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR SUMMER Some summer opportunities may be unpaid or have a program fee. Harvard has many sources of generous funding to support summer experiences, making them viable for more students regardless of personal or family finances. As a Harvard undergraduate student you can apply for funding to support activities including: ••research ••summer international study ••international for-profit and nonprofit internships ••domestic public service ••thesis support

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Some funded opportunities also cover the summer earnings contribution for students on financial aid. Although funding awards or employer wages can cover many expenses, students sometimes find they need to supplement the funding by working before and/or after the summer on dorm crew, alumni reunions, or another paid position; by working and saving up some funds during the school year; or by taking an interest-free loan from the financial aid office. Students on financial aid may be able to use the financial aid innovation fund or take an interest-free loan to help pay for housing, transportation and clothing needs for summer experiences. If you have questions about how to make your summer experience work with your finances, please email a member of the Summer Planning and Funding Team at OCS at who can help you think through options and navigate the many funding sources across Harvard.


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FINDING A SUMMER INTERNSHIP An internship is a chance to test out possible jobs and to work on real projects alongside professionals. Some of the characteristics of a successful job or internship search are very similar to launching a successful new business or venture. Both require taking initiative and being proactive, finding ways to stand out and differentiate yourself, and being resilient and adaptable if your first plan doesn’t come together. Your job or internship search is a “contact sport,” where making professional connections will help you through every step of the process. In the fall, there are many events on campus where you can explore different organizations, professions, graduate programs and interests. Across the University you’ll have the opportunity to attend events where you can meet people in sectors you are interested in learning more about. OCS Programs and Career Fairs: The Office of Career Services conducts 300 programs and 20 career fairs each year. Many programs feature alumni and employers excited to connect with you and share information about their pathways, experiences and opportunities.



08.31.17 & 09.15.17

Finance & Consulting Networking Nights

Campus Interview Program Fair

Biotechnology Career Fair



Diversity Opportunities Fair





Media, Marketing, & Merchandising Expo

Data Analytics & Technology Fair


Advertising, Marketing, Nonprofit & & Public Global Health Fair Relations Expo Government Week

11.15.17 10.03.14

Crimson Journalism & Engineering Career Fair Collaborative Media Fair



HGSE Charter School Fair

10.26.17 10.17.14 10.14.14 –10.17.14


Summer Funding & Programs Fair


HGSE Global Independent Schools Fair


Public Interested Conference




Theatre, Entertainment, & Media Meet-Up

Startup Career Fair


All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair



MIT European & Asian Career Fairs APRIL


HGSE Public School District Career Fair


Life Sciences & Healthcare Expo


MIT Energy Career Fair


Social Impact Expo

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THE NETWORKED SEARCH At panel discussions and programs, stay afterwards to talk with speakers one-on-one, or reach out to alumni through the Alumni Directory or LinkedIn network. Each field has its own timeline and pathways to success, and it’s important to understand the process for each opportunity you wish to pursue. Many freshmen and sophomores attend events before they are eligible to apply to get a head start on how the process works for the future. There is no single timeline for all internships. Check out the Career Pathways section of the OCS website to learn about timelines and options in different areas. OCS advisers can help you get in touch with alumni and employers in all fields.

INTERNSHIP DATABASES OCS posts over 8,000 jobs and internship a year. Check out the Crimson Careers database accessible from the OCS website. If you are interested in internships in other parts of the country, check out the postings in UCAN and iNet, the multi-school consortia to which Harvard belongs. Want to work internationally? Access Going Global through the OCS website to learn how to land and interview for jobs in different sectors. Finally, review the Vault Guides accessible on the OCS website that offer valuable insider intelligence about many fields.

CAMPUS INTERVIEW PROGRAM The Campus Interview Program brings mostly large Fortune 500 for-profit companies in technology, finance, consulting, and consumer products on campus for first-round fulltime job and summer internship interviews. You can check out many of these employers at the Campus Interview Program Fair in the early fall or by attending the many employer information sessions held on campus in September and early October. Remember that the program is only one source of employment opportunities since many organizations do not source talent through this structured process. There are limited opportunities for underclassman through Campus Interviews because these mostly for-profit employers seek juniors to fill their internships with a goal of finding talent they can hire full-time after graduation. Some employers are willing to look at sophomore and freshmen applications for their summer internship programs, but statistically very few are offered positions.


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THE APPLICATION PROCESS Every type of opportunity may have its own application process and timeline. Harvard tries to use some tools, like the CARAT application system, to coordinate and standardize processes as much as possible, but for the most part there is no “common application� like you used to apply to Harvard. You will want to start exploring your options and educate yourself about application requirements in the late fall so you can line up your materials ahead of time and not scramble when most applications are due in winter and early spring. Some application materials that you might see across different options include resumes, cover letters, and faculty letters of recommendation. Each employer, organization, or internship program determines its own application requirements. Generally, most applications require a resume and often a cover letter as a way to introduce yourself and explain your interest in the internship. For some programs, the cover letter is replaced by a statement of purpose or an essay. In your application, remember to emphasize why you are interested in the internship and how your skills and experiences are consistent with their needs. Make sure to apply to a number of opportunities since most internships are competitive and organizations receive many applications for each internship spot. Advisers at OCS can help you design a strategy for your search. Resumes: For help with your resume or cover letter, consult the OCS website and use the OCS Harvard Resume Template. You can have your resume, essay, and/or cover letter reviewed before you submit your application every weekday at OCS drop-ins 1:004:00pm. Letters of Recommendation: In some cases, such as those that provide funding for internships, you may be required to submit a letter of recommendation. This letter should ideally be written by a member of the Harvard faculty such as your professor, teaching fellow, tutor, or resident dean. It is helpful to provide anyone you ask to write on your behalf a copy of your resume and a letter outlining what you are applying for and some points about why this experience is a good fit for you.

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To help you design a strong resume, OCS offers formatted templates. On the OCS website, search “templates” and click on OCS Guides and Templates. Choose bulleted or paragraph style, fill in your information, and then bring your draft to drop-ins for editing and feedback.

Resume Template 1 Your Name

Home Street Address • City, State Zip • • phone number Education HARVARD UNIVERSITY Degree, Concentration. GPA [Note: Optional] Relevant Coursework or Thesis: [Note: Optional. Awards and honors can also be listed here.] STUDY ABROAD [Note: If Applicable] Study abroad coursework in _____.

Cambridge, MA Graduation Date City, Country Month Year – Month Year

NAME OF HIGH SCHOOL [May include GPA, SAT scores, or academic honors an employer may want to know]

City, State Graduation Date


ORGANIZATION City, State Position Title Month Year – Month Year Beginning with your most recent position, describe your experience, skills, and resulting outcomes in bullet or paragraph form. [Note: Begin each line with an action verb and include details that will help the reader understand your accomplishments, skills, knowledge, abilities, or achievements. Quantify where possible. Do not use personal pronouns; each line should be a phrase rather than a full sentence.] ORGANIZATION City, State Position Title Month Year – Month Year With your next-most recent position, describe your experience, skills, and resulting outcomes in bullet or paragraph form. [Note: Begin each line with an action verb and include details that will help the reader understand your accomplishments, skills, knowledge, abilities, or achievements. Quantify where possible. Do not use personal pronouns; each line should be a phrase rather than a full sentence.] Leadership and Activities ORGANIZATION City, State Role Month Year – Month Year [Note: This section can be formatted similarly to the Experience section, or you can omit descriptions for activities. If this section is more relevant to the opportunity you are applying for, consider moving this above your Experience section.] ORGANIZATION City, State Role Month Year – Month Year [Note: This section can be formatted similarly to the Experience section, or you can omit descriptions for activities. If this section is more relevant to the opportunity you are applying for, consider moving this above your Experience section.] Skills & Interests [Note: Optional] Technical: List computer software and programming languages Language: List foreign languages and your level of fluency Laboratory: List scientific / research lab techniques or tools [If Applicable] Interests: List activities you enjoy that may spark interview conversation


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Write an Effective Cover Letter

Your cover letter is a writing sample and a part of the screening process. By putting your best foot forward, you can increase your chances of being interviewed. A good way to create a response-producing cover letter is to highlight your skills or experiences that are most applicable to the job or industry and to tailor the letter to the specific organization to which you’re applying.

Date of Letter Use complete title and address.

Address to a particular person if possible and remember to use a colon.

Make the addressee want to read your resume. Be brief, but specific.

Remind the reader of what you can do for the organization.

Contact Name Contact Title Company Name Street Address City, State, Zip Code Dear _________: Opening paragraph: Clearly state why you’re writing, name the position or type of work you’re exploring and, where applicable, how you heard about the position or organization. A summary statement may work well here by including three reasons you think you would be a good fit for the opportunity. Middle paragraph(s): Explain why you are interested in this employer and your reasons for desiring this type of work. If you’ve had relevant school or work experience, be sure to point it out with one or two key examples; but do not reiterate your entire resume. Emphasize skills or abilities that relate to the job. Be sure to do this in a confident manner and remember that the reader will view your letter as an example of your writing skills. Closing paragraph: Reiterate your interest in the position, and your enthusiasm for using your skills to contribute to the work of the organization. Thank the reader for his/her consideration of your application, and end by stating that you look forward to the opportunity to further discuss the position. Sincerely, Your name typed

Some general rules about letters: • Address your letters to a specific person if you can. • Tailor your letters to specific situations or organizations by doing research before writing your letters. • Keep letters concise and factual, no more than a single page. Avoid flowery language. • Give examples that support your skills and qualifications. • Put yourself in the reader’s shoes. What can you write that will convince the reader that you are ready and able to do the job? • Don’t overuse the pronoun “I”.

• Remember that this is a marketing tool. Use plenty of action verbs. • Have an OCS adviser provide feedback on your letter. • If converting to a .pdf, check that your formatting translates correctly. • Reference skills or experiences from the job description and draw connections to your credentials. • Make sure your resume and cover letter are prepared with the same font type and size.

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DECIDING BETWEEN OPTIONS Choosing one option means not selecting another. Harvard students often have many options, and selecting among them can be difficult. That is why you will want to think about all of your time at Harvard and when is the best time for each goal you hope to accomplish. Many experiences build on one another and lead to different paths. However, it is often not overly important for experiences to occur in a particular order. Therefore you should be opportunistic about taking advantage of what is offered to you. Many students wish that they could review all application and funding offers they might receive before making a decision. However, since each organization, employer, or program follows its own timeline, you will often need to make a decision before you have heard from all of your options. If you would like advice on deciding between options, come to OCS Drop-Ins or make an appointment with an OCS adviser.



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INTERNSHIP LOGISTICS Once you make a decision, stay in close communication with those you will be working with about start and end dates, paperwork, and other details. During your summer experience, ask questions and learn as much as you can. Perform all tasks assigned to you to the very best of your ability. Remember that menial work may be a part of what you are asked to do, and your attitude across all assignments may be seen as a test of your dedication to the goals of the organization. Make sure to wrap up your experience in a positive way so that you leave the door open for returning or getting a recommendation for future work or graduate school. For help “Making the Most of your Summer Internship,� watch the online workshop available on the OCS website. Want to learn more about how Harvard students have found funding and spent their summers? Check out the Career Karma section of the OCS Facebook page and the summer snapshots on the OCS website. Also watch the summer planning and funding video on the OCS website.

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NAVIGATING HARVARD FUNDING A good way to begin exploring funding options at Harvard is to check out the CARAT database ( which identifies nearly 150 grants and fellowships across the University that support undergraduate projects overseas and in the United States. The funding landscape can be confusing. Attend one of the many workshops and the Summer Funding and Programs Fair, and ask advisers for help. There are many people at Harvard whose job it is to help you learn how to use the University’s vast resources. Drop-ins at OCS are a great place to start even if you have no idea what you might want to do to. We love brainstorming with you.

SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMS AND FUNDING Many students find conducting research helps them with their academic work and prepares them for future work and graduate school. Research opportunities exist for students at all skill levels, across all academic disciplines, at Harvard and beyond. Harvard sponsors a number of residential programs where students live on campus during the summer along with other student-researchers. There are also many opportunities to take part in research at Harvard Create lasting change while gaining handswhile living off campus. Other on experience in public health, human rights, community development, microfinance, engineering, students pursue research outside youth & education, environmental sustainability, and Harvard (e.g. at universities near more through international development internships. their homes), both in the U.S. and abroad. Some research opportunities are fully or partially funded and some will require that students find their own funding.

More than just an


Argentina • Bolivia • India • Kenya • Nicaragua • Uganda

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proctor opportunities


Be a leader at Harvard this summer. Join more than 140 of your peers in the Yard and Houses to serve as a proctor for Harvard Summer School students. You’ll gain valuable leadership experience and have a fun-filled summer while making a difference in the lives of students. Open to Harvard College undergraduates, recent graduates, and Harvard Did you work as a proctor in 2017? Receive a $100 “signing bonus” when you return as a proctor in 2018.

University graduate students, proctors live on campus to supervise, mentor, and organize activities for resident students. As a proctor, you receive: • Free room and board on campus • Free 4-credit, 7-week Summer School course • The ability to work an outside job, up to 20 hours per week For more information, contact Kimberly Calnan at (617) 998-8543 or


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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) is the central hub of information about how to navigate the complexities of the research world. URAF offers introductory programming and drop-in advising to help students navigate the numerous research opportunities and programs available at Harvard and beyond. Check out the URAF website ( for more information. URAF also coordinates The Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village, which is an opportunity for undergraduates to pursue research at Harvard while being part of a vibrant intellectual community with academic/professional development and social/recreational programming. Research programs include: ••PRISE (Program for Research in Science and Engineering) for research in the physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering, or applied sciences. ••BLISS (Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences) for research in economics, government, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and other social science fields. ••PRIMO (Program for Research in Markets and Organizations) sponsored by the Harvard Business School focuses on business research. ••SHARP (Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program) offers humanities and arts-based research. ••PCER (Program for Community-Engaged Research) provides for research that is responsive to community interestes and needs. ••PEM (Peabody Essex Museum Summer Internship Program) provides work on multidisciplinary interpretative projects related to the goals of the Peabody Essex Museum. ••SURGH (Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health) for research on critical issues in global health. ••Harvard Amgen Scholars Program sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, this national research program focuses on biotechnology based research in the life, physical, engineering, mathematical, and applied sciences. ••Harvard College Research Program provides research funding in any discipline during the fall and spring terms as well as summer. ••Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship supports minority researchers, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, throughout their junior and senior years with programming, mentorship, and support. Many other offices and International Centers also offer funding for research experiences related to their region or field of study. Check out the funding chart in this booklet to learn more.

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Global Support Services

TRAVELING ABROAD? We can help: + Country guides and resources + Visa and passport services + Pre-travel orientations and security consultations + In-country medical and security support via Harvard Travel Assist

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SUMMER INTERNATIONAL STUDY AND FUNDING Harvard College is one of only a few institutions that offer funding for summer study abroad. If students have not previously received Harvard funding for an international experience lasting four weeks or longer, students are eligible to apply for all summer funding options stewarded by the OCS Summer Planning and Funding Office. Students who have previously received Harvard funding are even eligible for some OCS funding categories, and there are also a variety of centers on campus that offer funding for summer study abroad experiences. The CARAT database (, and the funding chart in this booklet provide more information on sources of funding for summer international study. Most application and funding deadlines are from early January through mid-February, so be prepared to apply as soon as you return to campus for the spring semester. While there is no formal financial aid for summer study abroad, the Financial Aid Office offers information about loan assistance on their website. For more information, or to ask specific questions, contact the Summer Planning and Funding Team in the Office of Career Services, or speak with the advisers at the Office of International Education. Office of International Education (OIE) Summer Study Abroad Offerings: Earn concentration, secondary field, and/or elective credit through study in locations around the world, in a wide variety of disciplines through the programs offered by the OIE. To get started on your study abroad experience, stop by the OIE to speak with a staff member or peer adviser for guidance in finding the program best suited for your personal and academic needs and interests. The OIE team looks forward to speaking with you about the variety of options available, and can answer any questions that you have about the application and credit-transfer processes, as well as any other questions regarding summer (or term-time) studying abroad. The OIE holds daily drop-ins, Monday through Friday, 2:00-4:00 pm. Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Programs: Harvard Summer School offers study abroad programs that allow students to engage with Harvard faculty and earn Harvard credit through study in numerous locations around the globe in a range of subject areas— from focused foreign language and culture courses to immersive study of location-specific topics in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Learn more about the programs at OCS offers funding for students enrolled in Harvard Summer School; see the OCS website for more information.

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Global Support Services

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS AND FUNDING Harvard helps to connect students to a broad range of international internships both at for-profit and nonprofits/NGOs. Opportunities cover diverse areas such as global health, environmental issues, education, direct social services, government affairs, business, and being a research assistant at leading institutes. Harvard’s excellent International Centers sponsor many offerings. See below for examples: ••Center for European Studies (CES) Summer Internship Program: ( CES helps students get internships in some of the highest European public service offices, private enterprises, and research institutions. ••Coach for College: ( OCS offers funding for Harvard athletes who help youth in Vietnam develop long-term goals and increase their motivation to complete their education and develop life skills. Students partner with Vietnamese college students to teach sports and academics in one or two three-week summer camps held in rural Vietnam. ••David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Summer Programs (DRCLAS): ( DRCLAS offers structured internship and immersion programs and opportunities in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. Subject areas include Spanish language, health care, journalism, computer science, governmental, nonprofit, and environmental research. DRCLAS also offers January programs in Latin America. Students with a minimum of intermediate Spanish or Portuguese are eligible. ••Harvard China Fund Student Internship Program (HCSIP): ( The Harvard China Student Internship Program is offered in partnership with Chinese corporations, NGOs/NPOs, and multinational companies in China. Students experience modern China through their internship placements and gain an introduction to Chinese history and culture, all while learning first-hand about life in the workplace.

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••Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI): ( HGHI partners with research groups, nonprofits, NGOs, and other international organizations to offer undergraduates paid summer internships in global health. Internships are available in over 10 countries, including Switzerland, South Africa, and India. Students may also apply to HGHI for funding for their own global health projects or internships. ••Harvard Student Agencies Let’s Go Guides International Researcher-Writer: ( Researcher-Writers spend the summer abroad, traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood along guided routes designed by the Let’s Go program. As they travel, they create content such as writing, photography, and other multi-media describing their travels and experiences. In addition to traveling, their work is published in Let’s Go’s 2018 books and on their other media platforms. ••International Independent Internship Funding: ( OCS administers funding which can be used to support eight-week international internships and volunteer opportunities. Students secure their internship or volunteer opportunity independently and demonstrate that this will be a significant cultural immersion experience. Summer independent international experiences must be at least eight weeks in duration and take place in one location in a country.

Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies About the CHS e CHS is a premier research facility dedicated to bringing together a variety of research interests centered on Hellenic civilization in its widest sense. It attracts scholars, researchers, and students from all over the world, while offering workshops, programs, and other educational opportunities in collaboration with various Harvard departments and centers


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••International Volunteer Funding: ( OCS administers funds which can be used to support eight-week (or longer) summer international volunteer programs offered by non-profit organizations who meet Harvard’s health and safety review. These programs typically have an application process and charge a fee for participation. Students are encouraged to explore the suggested program list on the website to see where Harvard students have reported positive experiences in the past. ••Institute of Politics (IOP) Director’s Internship Program International Offerings: ( The Institute’s Internship program arranges paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduates interested in exploring a summer in domestic or international politics and public service. The IOP offers international internships in locations such as Chile, Greece, Vietnam, Switzerland and England. ••Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies Summer Internship Program: ( The Reischauer Institute, along with the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, coordinates a wide array of summer internship opportunities in Japan. Students learn about the local culture of their city and workplace while contributing to a project defined by the host organization. Students have used their skills and applied their knowledge to consulting and financial firms, startup companies, top Japanese universities and educational organizations, offices of parliamentary members and NGOs, leading science labs, and even to a luxury, traditional Japanese inn. The Program also strongly encourages students, especially those interested in pursuing a science research internship or those who desire very specific projects and tasks, to self-arrange an internship through Harvard’s vast alumni network in Japan and apply to the Program for funding support only.

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DOMESTIC PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS AND FUNDING Many students hope to find ways to extend their term-time public service into the summer or use the summer to explore new passions at a nonprofit, government office, or other mission-driven organization. A number of Harvard’s Offices offer outstanding summer public service experiences: ••The Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC): ( CPIC helps students connect to public service opportunities in many major cities and offers summer fellowships, post-graduate fellowships, and professional development opportunities for students. CPIC staff engages Harvard’s vast alumni/ae network to sustain community partnerships and create opportunities for students to serve. CPIC offers the following programs for students: »» CPIC Mindich Summer Service Fellowships offer Harvard College students an outstanding pathway to explore public service work for 10 weeks during the summer. Through this program, students are paired with mentors from Harvard’s alumni/ae network and participate in structured pre-professional reflection sessions throughout the summer. CPIC has established over 75 partnerships with leading public service organizations across the U.S. »» CPIC Summer Fellowship Grants provide funding and staff support for students to design their own projects. Grants come from Harvard Alumni/ae Clubs and Shared Interest Groups, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, and federal workstudy funds. »» CPIC Winternship Program offers short-term opportunities for students to engage in volunteer service at a public service program during Harvard’s Winter Break in January. These programs provide opportunities for students to gain experience working at non-profit and public interest organizations, and allow students to explore careers in the arts, public interest law, journalism, the environment, medical research, education, and housing and urban development.


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••The Institute of Politics (IOP): ( The IOP offers comprehensive internship opportunities in politics and public service during the summer. The IOP provides resources to enable students to incorporate their passion for politics into their summer and post-graduation experiences. »» The Director’s Internship Program offers internships with highprofile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for students interested in politics, government, and public service. »» Summer Stipend Program offers funding for non- or low-paying summer internships in local, state, or federal government, public interest groups, non-governmental organizations, political organizations, and political campaigns. Students are responsible for obtaining their own internship. »» Gov 2.0 Grant provides a stipend to an individual or group of Harvard College returning undergraduates committed to dedicating the summer to an entrepreneurial venture relating to domestic politics or government. Funding will be awarded to the individual or team with the most innovative idea to reshape American civic life. »» The Summer in Washington (SIW) Program organizes political and public-service focused events in DC over the summer months and is often referred to as the IOP’s “third semester.” It is as an opportunity for students to gain exposure to the broad range 
of careers and experiences in politics and public service – from meeting with elected officials to visiting polling firms and think tanks, museums, and much more – and to create a community for Harvard undergraduates around politics and public service. Open to all Harvard Undergraduates living and/or working in Washington DC, the program also provides opportunities to interact with Harvard alumni, explore Washington DC, and connect with peers. No funding is offered.

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••Phillips Brooks House Association’s Summer Urban Program (SUP): ( SUP is a set of 10 student-run summer camps at 12 different sites for children in Boston and Cambridge. Each summer, approximately 130 college students work in these communities as directors and senior counselors. Serving over 800 youth, the summer programs are structured as mornings of curricular, classroom-based enrichment and afternoons of field trips in and around Boston. In addition to SUP, there are a number of additional PBHA summer programs, such as SCAS, Chinatown ESL and Citizenship, Habitat for Humanity, Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and more. »» PBHA’s STRIDE Scholarships are awarded to income-eligible undergraduate students to support a consistent, year-round commitment to service. Scholars join a community of undergraduates dedicated to service and social justice. The group engages in reflection and shared learning, guided by program staff and community members. In addition, scholars receive financial support to make their service work possible and one-on-one mentorship in social justice values and careers. Any enrolled fulltime college student eligible for Federal Work-Study, significant financial aid, or from a low-income background is invited to apply. Scholars engage in year-round meaningful service starting in the summer each year. Applications are due at the end of April and can be found on the PBHA website along with more details. ••Harvard’s Presidential Public Service Fellowship (PPSF) program: ( supports a broad range of summer-long opportunities that serve the common good. Fellows are involved in meaningful projects that affect communities across the United States. They are active in programs that focus on education, the arts, and government; work in social services and human rights organizations; and seek improved outcomes in health, the environment, and the justice system. The prestigious PPSF program selectively awards grants to 10–12 applicants from the many who apply each year seeking support for their innovative projects that serve the public. Degree seeking students from Harvard College, Harvard’s graduate and professional Schools, and the Division of Continuing Education are eligible to apply. Please note that applicants must be returning to campus in the year following the fellowship to continue their degree-seeking coursework.

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INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FUNDING FOR THE ARTS Students can also use the summer to pursue their artistic passions or to explore what it might be like to work at an arts organization. Interested students should explore broadly, as some of the research programs mentioned above (SHARP, PEM) may also be a chance to fulfill your summer goals. Also explore resources and options for public service, as many arts organizations are nonprofits. See the specific arts funding examples below: ••American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) ( As the professional theater on campus at Harvard, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience. Internships at the A.R.T. are based around the season calendar, which varies from year to year. In the past, internships have been offered in departments such as Artistic Management, Development, Education & Community Programs, and Marketing & Communications. All A.R.T. internships are unpaid but students may be considered for Office of Career Services summer funding should they meet eligibility requirements. Interested applicants are encouraged to check Crimson Careers at the beginning of the Spring term for information about the summer’s opportunities. ••Artist Development Fellowships (ADF): ( The ADFs are intended to nurture the artistic development of promising students in the arts. Artist Development Fellowships are awarded annually by the Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences under the direction of the Office for the Arts. Fellowships support student development in the practice of the arts, including but not limited to work in dance, literature, music, theater, studio art, film, mixed media, and arts practices that are multi-disciplinary in nature.


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Domestic Funding Resources The table below lists various opportunities and funding resources offered by Harvard Offices for domestic winterbreak and summer experiences. To view a comprehensive listing of funding sources and options, visit CARAT (https://apps2.registrar.fas.harvard. edu/carat). WB = Winterbreak FP = For-Profit Internship NP =Not-For-Profit Internship

R = Research (non-thesis) T = Thesis Support



American Repertory Theater


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Phillips Brooks House Association/ Summer Urban Program

Presidential Public Service Fellowship

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships


Harvard Global Health Institute Institute of Politics


Office of the Arts/Artist Development Fellowship Center for Public Interest Careers


* Funding provided by Office of Career Services Summer Funding

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International Funding Resources The table below lists various opportunities and funding resources offered by Harvard Offices for international winterbreak and summer experiences. To view a comprehensive listing of funding sources and options, visit CARAT (https://apps2.registrar.fas.harvard. edu/carat).



WB = Winterbreak S = Study FP = For-Profit Internship

NP =Not-For-Profit Internship R = Research (non-thesis) T = Thesis Support



Center for African Studies

Asia Center

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Harvard China Fund


Latin America & Caribbean


Korea Institute

Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies

Harvard South Asia Institute

Center for Hellenic Studies

Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies

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German Department Work Abroad Program

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Ukrainian Research Institute



Center for European Studies



David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

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International Funding Resources

WB = Winterbreak S = Study FP = For-Profit Internship

NP =Not-For-Profit Internship R = Research (non-thesis) T = Thesis Support

Multiple International Locations

Middle East & North Africa



Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Office for the Arts/ Artist Development Fellowship

Belfer Center/Environment & Natural Resources Program

Center for Jewish Studies





Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, & Rights

Harvard Global Health Institute

Institute of Politics

Harvard Student Agencies/Let’s Go Researcher-Writer Program

Office of Career Services Summer Funding

Romance Languages & Literatures Department

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

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SUMMER OPTIONS FOR PREMED STUDENTS The three Harvard College summers present an extraordinary opportunity for all students, including those who ultimately hope to go to medical school, to gain in-depth experiences that are harder to come by during the busy school year. Many students will use the summer to gain research experience or gain clinical experience by volunteering, shadowing, or working at a camp for individuals with disabilities or chronic illness. Others, however, will use the opportunity to do something completely different such as engaging in an international experience with Harvard funding or obtaining an enriching experience with Harvard Summer School abroad programs. Still others will use the time for career exploration in other fields. Maybe you are already interested in pediatrics, or you are deciding between a career in medicine or education. Spending the summer working at a PBHA Summer Urban Program could help you explore these options. There are many clinical and research programs at medical schools around the country created to give premedical students a taste of the hospital or the medical school. Many, but not all of these programs, target students who are from groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine. Most of them provide housing and funding. OCS compiles a sample list of these programs in November each year, but see the OCS website for a copy of last year’s version if you would like to get an earlier sense of what will be available. Finally, while summer can be a wonderful time to explore areas related to medicine, summer can be a wonderful time to just explore. Medical schools want to see that you have used your time well, but successful medical school applicants have spent summers in theater productions, archaeological digs, and exploring the locations found in Jane Austen’s novels. There is no specific premed summer funding at Harvard, but all of the many summer funding options through OCS, URAF, DRCLAS, Harvard Global Health Institute, PBHA, CPIC, and more are open to you.


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THESIS SUPPORT According to the History department website, “It is not necessary to conduct summer research in order to write an excellent senior thesis. Many students do, however, choose to take advantage of the many generous thesis research grants available to visit libraries, archives, laboratories and historic sites around the world.” Many departments and centers support thesis research. Check out Harvard’s Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) (

WAYS TO TEST YOUR INTERESTS (SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES) Students are sometimes looking for ways to use Winter Break to explore career and service interests through winter experiences that can range anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. While these experiences outside the classroom can be transformative, it is important to remember that the Winter Break can also be just that – a break to recharge for the Spring Term. For this reason many students who opt for a winter experience choose something near home, friends or family. ••Office of Career Services (OCS) January Winternship Program: ( Although not a summer activity, a Winternship can be a great way to explore interests and opportunities that you may wish to experience further during a summer. A Winternship is essentially an externship, an unpaid domestic job-shadowing experience lasting anywhere from one to 15 days during the January winter break. Winternships are posted on Crimson Careers, and may be independently created by an employer or in conjunction with other Harvard offices. OCS offers stipends to support Winternships. ••Center for Public Interest Careers CPIC Winternship Program: ( CPIC offers short-term opportunities to engage in volunteer service at a public service program during Harvard’s January Break. These programs allow students to gain experience working at nonprofit and public interest organizations, and allow students to explore careers in the arts, public interest law, journalism, the environment, medical research, education, and housing/urban development.

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••Office of Career Services Arts Fellows Winter Break Program: ( This OCS program places Fellows in arts organizations and museums for a three-week, full-time, project-based internship over the January break with, in some cases, the opportunity to continue into the spring semester (5-8 hours per week). All Fellows receive a stipend through the Office of Career Services, and local Fellows receive free on-campus housing. Past Fellows have worked at the following arts organizations: A.R.T., Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Casting, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Handel & Haydn Society, Harvard Forest’s Fisher Museum, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Wyoming, Boston Baroque, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. Opportunities are posted in Crimson Careers on the OCS website during the months of September and October.

NOT YOUR ORDINARY STUDY ABROAD Advance your knowledge of a language, global issue, and/or professional field while earning six to nine academic credits. SIT summer programs focus on a range of issues including anthropology, art, conservation, education, geoscience, health, international studies, language, renewable energy, and peace and conflict studies. SUMMER PROGRAMS IN: Argentina China Iceland India Indonesia Jordan Madagascar Morocco

Nepal Panama South Africa South Korea Switzerland Tanzania Uganda and Rwanda



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Morocco Panama South Africa

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES Harvard University • Faculty of Arts and Sciences 54 Dunster Street • Cambridge, MA 02138

OCS Summer Planning Worksheet

Name: ____________________________________________

Class Year: ‘19 / ‘20 / ‘21

Tel: (617) 495-2595

Concentration (if known): ______________________

Have you travelled before? If so, where? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Have you received funding from Harvard before? If so, please describe: ___________________________________________________________________________

INSTRUCTIONS: Use this worksheet to start thinking about the type of summer experience you would like to have. Begin by circling all of the places and ideas that interest you, and fill out the bottom section with an OCS Adviser.




Study Abroad

Public Service/Volunteer


WHERE? Western Europe

North America/Domestic

Middle East & North Africa

Central America/ Caribbean

Eastern Europe Asia Southeast Asia

Australia/ Pacific Islands

Sub-Saharan Africa

Latin America

WHY? Learn a New Language

Earn Academic Credit

Questions, issues, ideas:

1. 2. 3.

Explore a New Culture

Conduct Thesis Research

Develop Professional Skills





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Don’t stress about summer or feel overwhelmed with all the options, deadlines and details. Fill out the Summer Planning sheet and bring your ideas to an OCS Navigating Summer Workshops or attend a drop-in session and then sign up through Crimson Careers for a one-on-one Summer Planning Session. The OCS Team is here to help you navigate your summer search.

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