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Office of Career Services Presents

NAVIGATING SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES Published by Harvard Student Agencies

ABOUT THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES Opportunities Connections Success The Office of Career Services, located at 54 Dunster Street, serves Harvard College students interested in: • Figuring out Next Steps • Jobs and Internships • Premedical and Health Careers • Graduate and Professional School • Summer Funding for International and Domestic Opportunities Come to the over 350 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!

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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 4 provides some data on how Harvard students have spent their summers in past years. October 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 to hire rising seniors and some rising juniors 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 not-for-profit 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 paying 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, make an appointment to meet with a member of the Summer Planning and Funding Team at OCS who can help you think through options and navigate the many funding sources across Harvard.


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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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A good way to begin exploring funding options at Harvard is to check out the Database of Funding and Opportunities for Undergraduates ( which identifies nearly 150 grants and fellowships across the University that support undergraduate projects overseas and in the United States. Consult the database for details and eligibility requirements for each award. Many programs also use the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) ( carat), but many of Harvard’s regional and international centers and some academic departments also administer their own funds for students with particular kinds of projects, in certain parts of the world, or as related to their concentration or language studies. Although the funding landscape may seem confusing, attend workshops 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.

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 while living off campus. Other students pursue research outside Harvard (e.g. at universities near 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.

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Undergraduate Programming

FALL 2016


Harvard University · Faculty of Arts and Sciences · 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA

Summer Planning & Funding Tips for Finding Summer Opportunities

• Visit the Summer Funding section on the OCS website ( • Connect with proctors, PAFs, house tutors, teaching fellows, faculty, upperclassmen, and alumni to get ideas about what to do during your Harvard summers.

• Some organizations outside of Harvard, such as the State Department, have applications due as early as October— don’t miss out on these.

• Use November and December to attend information sessions sponsored by different Harvard offices and connect with potential recommenders to ensure you have their support for your summer plans.

Navigating Your Summer Opportunities Workshops Learn about resources and strategies for finding a great summer opportunity as well as tips for summer funding applications: • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Monday, Nov. 14, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Monday, Nov. 21, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS

Finding and Funding Opportunities by Region

Hear from students and different centers to learn strategies for finding and funding an internship when you have a particular location in mind. • Latin America: Finding & Funding Internships: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4:00–5:30pm, OCS

• Africa: Finding & Funding Internships: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4:00–5:30pm, OCS • Europe: Finding & Funding Internships: Monday, Nov. 7, 4:00–5:30pm, OCS • Asia: Finding & Funding Internships: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4:00–5:30pm, OCS

Speak with an Adviser Have specific questions about funding applications, categories, deadlines, or eligibility requirements? Get your individual questions answered by attending our regular drop-in hours, Monday–Friday, 1:00pm–4:00pm. For more specific questions, sign up for an advising appointment with a member of our Summer Funding team via Crimson Careers.

Important Office of Career Services Deadlines for Summer Funding

• Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017: Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Funding Applications Due • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017: All Additional International Funding Applications Due

Featured Programs

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1:00–4:00pm, Student Organization Center at Hilles Meet over 50 organizations and Harvard program representatives and learn about internships, study abroad, research, volunteer, and work opportunities.

Questions about OCS Summer Funding? Contact

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• Navigating Your Summer: Friday, Nov. 4, 2:00–3:00pm or 3:30–4:30pm, Science Center • Summer Internships, Study Abroad & Funding 101: Monday, Nov. 28, 4:00–5:00pm, Location TBD • Summer Funding & Programs Fair

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) is a central hub of information on how to navigate the complexities of the research world. URAF offers introductory programming and drop-ins to help navigate the numerous research opportunities and programs available. Check out the URAF website ( for details. URAF also coordinates The Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village, which is an opportunity to pursue research at Harvard while taking part in 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) and Harvard Art Museums Summer Fellowship offers humanities and arts-based research. • 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) offers the opportunity to research critical issues in global health under the direction of a Harvard faculty or affiliate mentor. • 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. 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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SUMMER INTERNATIONAL STUDY AND FUNDING Harvard College is one of only a few institutions that offer funding for summer international study. Students are eligible to apply for all funding options stewarded by the OCS Summer Planning and Funding Office if they have not previously received Harvard funding for an international experience lasting four weeks or longer. Even those who have previously received Harvard funding are eligible for some OCS funding categories. There are also a variety of centers on campus that offer funding for summer study abroad. Consult the Database of Funding and Opportunities for Undergraduates ( and the funding chart in this booklet for more information on sources of funding for summer international study. Most application and funding deadlines are from early January through mid-February. Also see the Harvard College Financial Aid Office summer school page for information about loan assistance. For more information, contact the Summer Planning and Funding Team in the Office of Career Services with any questions about funding for summer study abroad programs or speak with the advisers at the Office of International Education. Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Programs: Harvard Summer School offers programs that allow students to engage with Harvard faculty and study in a range of fields. Students are able to earn Harvard credit in numerous locations in a range of subject areas. Learn more about the programs at Office of International Education (OIE) Summer Study Abroad Offerings: The OIE can help you learn about and apply to study abroad programs all over the world. To get started on your study abroad experience, stop by the OIE to speak with an OIE staff member or peer adviser for guidance in finding the program best suited for your personal and academic needs and interests. The OIE staff and peer advisers look 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, and any other questions regarding summer (or term-time) studying abroad. The OIE holds daily drop-ins, Monday through Friday, 2:00-4:00 pm. 10

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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 2016?

University graduate students, proctors live on campus to supervise, mentor,

Receive a $100 “signing bonus” when

and organize activities for resident students.

you return as a proctor in 2017.

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 Apply online at

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INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS AND FUNDING Harvard helps to connect students to a broad range of international internships both at for-profit companies 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 some 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. • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Summer Programs (DRCLAS): ( DRCLAS offers structured internship and immersion programs and opportunities in the following countries most years: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. Subject areas include health care, governmental, nonprofit, and environmental research. 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 offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to work in field-based and office-based internships in both US health policy and global health. Sites can be domestic or international. Sample countries include Rwanda, Chile, Switzerland and Tanzania.. • 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 writing, photography, and other multi-media describing their travels and experiences. In addition to traveling, their work is published in Let’s Go’s 2017 books and on their other media platforms. • 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.

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International Funding Resources The table below lists various opportunities and funding resources offered by Harvard Offices for winterbreak and summer international experiences. To view a comprehensive listing of funding sources and options (including departmental thesis funding sources), visit:



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


Korea Institute

Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies

Harvard South Asia Institute

Center for Hellenic Studies

Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies

German Department Work Abroad Program

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Ukranian Research Institute

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies


Center for European Studies



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

Artist Development Fellowship (Domestic & International)

Belfer Center/Environment & Natural Resources Program

Center for Jewish Studies




Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, & Rights

Harvard Global Health Institute (Domestic & International)

Institute of Politics (Domestic & International)

Let’s Go Researcher-Writer Program

Office of Career Services Funding (Domestic & International)

Romance Languages & Literatures Department

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (Domestic & International) Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


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• Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies Summer Internship Program: ( The Institute coordinates a wide array of 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 worked in consulting and financial firms, on the campuses of top Japanese universities, in the offices of parliamentary members and NGOs and in leading science labs. • 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.






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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. • 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. For a broader range of offerings please view the funding grid on page 14-15.

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 fulfil your summer goals. Also explore resources and options for public service, as many arts organizations are nonprofits. See the specific arts funding examples below: • 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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• American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) ( A.R.T. offers internship opportunities across different departments such as Stage Management, Sound, Paint, and Artistic Management among others based on the season calendar. All A.R.T. internships are unpaid but students may be considered for Office of Career Services summer funding should they meet eligibility requirements.

Not Your Ordinary Study Abroad Immerse yourself in a foreign language, assess global issues, and build your professional skills with SIT Study Abroad. Earn four to nine academic credits on SIT summer programs that focus on a wide range of topics. Study anthropology, art, conservation, education, geoscience, health, international studies, language, renewable energy, or peace and conflict. Travel to Argentina, China, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, or Uganda and Rwanda.

SIT Summer Innovation Labs Search for creative, innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges on an SIT Summer Innovation Lab. You’ll visit projects that are creating change, talk to community members who are thinking strategically, and bring your own perspectives to find solutions.

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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: • 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. • 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. Navigating Summer Opportunities

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» 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. • 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 oorganizes 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. 20

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• Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI): ( HGHI offers Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to work in field-based and office-based internships in US health policy. Sites are in Washington DC, New York City and Boston.

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 Summer Funding Database of Funding and Opportunities for Undergraduates ( which allows students to search for grants by geographic location, concentration, and area of interest, and the funding grid in this booklet to see additional funding sources.

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 22

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careers in the arts, public interest law, journalism, the environment, medical research, education, and housing/urban development. • 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.

Business Analytics

Economics for Managers

Financial Accounting

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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 over 350 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.

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Campus Interview Program Fair

Biotechnology Career Fair

Finance Networking Night



Consulting Networking Night




Big Data Analytics & Technology Fair


Media, Marketing, & Merchandising Expo

10.27.16 10.17.14 10.14.14

Advertising, –10.17.14 Marketing, Nonprofit & & Public Education Career Fair Relations Expo Government Week DECEMBER


Engineering Career Fair Collaborative




HGSE Fall Charter School Fair

11.03.16 10.03.14

Crimson Journalism & Global Health & Human Rights Media Fair Expo

Summer Funding & Programs Fair


Public Interested? Conference



Theatre & Entertainment Meet-Up

Startup Career Fair



HGSE PreK-12 Expo




Life Sciences & Healthcare Expo


MIT European & Asian Career Fairs

All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair

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MIT Energy Expo

Social Impact Expo


Undergraduate Programming

FALL 2016


Harvard University · Faculty of Arts and Sciences · 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA

Learn More About… Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations • • • •

Brand Development and Activation: Inside the Ad Agency: Explore Careers: Wed., Sept. 28, 6:00–7:00pm, OCS Media, Marketing, & Merchandising Expo: Fri., Oct. 14, 3:00–5:00pm, SOCH Advertising & Marketing, Featuring WPP: Wed., Oct. 19, 5:30–6:30pm, OCS Professional in Residence featuring Marketing Activation Manager at Coca-Cola: Wed., Oct. 19, 1:00–5:30pm, OCS

Architecture, Urban Development, Design

• Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design: How to Find Jobs & Internships: Fri., Sept. 16, 2:00–3:00pm, OCS

Arts Management, Museums, Galleries

• Experience the Humanities: Dumbarton Oaks January & Humanities Fellows Programs: Tues., Oct. 11, 3:00–4:00pm, OCS • Professional in Residence: Museums: Tues., Oct. 25, 12:00–1:00pm; 2:00–4:00pm, OCS

Consulting, Business Strategy

• Management Consulting: Is It Right For Me?: Tues., Sept. 13, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Business School Night with HSA: Tues., Oct. 11, 4:00–6:00pm, Faculty Club

Creative Arts, Film, Music, Theatre • • • • • •

Creative Arts, Film, Music, & Theatre: Orientation for Seniors: Tues., Aug. 30, 3:00–4:00pm, OCS Creative Careers Job & Internship Search Strategies Orientation: Wed., Sept. 7, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS The Business of Theater: What Performers Need To Know: Mon., Sept. 12, 12:00–1:00pm; 3:00–5:00pm, OCS “I Was A Showbiz Intern” Panel & Harvardwood 101 Info Session: Thurs., Sept. 15, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS Freelancing in the Arts: Mon., Sept. 26, 4:00–5:00pm, The Signet Society Very Funny: Writing and Producing for Comedy: Wed., Oct. 5, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS

Education, Psychology, Social Services • • • • •

Psychology & Social Work: Explore Career Pathways & Grad Programs: Fri., Sept. 23, 12:00–1:00pm, OCS Education: Explore Careers: Tues., Sept. 27, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS Teaching Abroad: How to Find Jobs: Tues., Oct. 25, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS Nonprofit & Education Career Fair: Thurs., Oct. 27, 3:00–5:00pm, SOCH HGSE Fall Charter School Night: Thurs., Nov. 17, 4:00–6:00pm, Gutman Conference Center

Engineering & Physical Sciences

• Science, Research, & Innovation Job Search Orientation for Seniors: Tues., Aug. 30, 2:00–3:00pm, OCS • Science, Research, & Innovation Internship Search Orientation: Tues., Sept. 6, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Engineering Career Fair Collaborative: Wed., Nov. 16, 3:30–6:30pm, Sheraton

Entertainment, Media, TV, Film, Sports • • • •

Working in the Entertainment Industry with President of Production at Management 360: Fri., Sept. 30, 12:00–1:30pm, OCS Entertainment: Pathways to Being a Hollywood Agent with the United Talent Agency: Thurs., Oct. 20, 6:00–7:00pm, OCS Music & Entertainment: Explore Business Careers: Tues., Nov. 8, 5:30–6:30pm, OCS Professional in Residence featuring Global Managing Director, Partnerships at NFL: Date/Time TBD, OCS

Entrepreneurship, Startups, Social Enterprise

• Professional in Residence: Global Entrepreneurship: Fri., Sept. 23, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Entrepreneurship Disrupted: To Do or Not to Do?: Tues., Oct. 18, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Making an Impact in the World Through Innovation: Tues., Nov. 1, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS

Environment, Energy, Sustainability

• Environment, Energy, and Sustainability: How to Find Jobs & Internships: Wed., Sept. 21, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS

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Undergraduate Programming

FALL 2016


Harvard University · Faculty of Arts and Sciences · 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA

Learn More About… Fashion, Retail, Consumer Products, Hospitality

• Consumer & Luxury Goods: Explore Careers: Fri., Oct. 14, 2:00–3:00pm, Location TBD

Finance, Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Private Equity, VC

• Finance 2.0: Hedge Funds, PE, VC, and Asset Management: Wed., Aug. 31, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS • Investment Banking 101: Tues., Sept. 6, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS

Global & Public Health

• Global Health: Career Pathways: Thurs., Nov. 3, 3:00–4:00pm, SOCH • Global Health & Human Rights Expo: Thurs., Nov. 3, 4:00–6:00pm, SOCH

Healthcare & Life Sciences

• Life Sciences: Explore Careers: Tues., Sept. 20, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Finding a Lab That Fits: Gaining Traction in Pre-Health: Fri., Oct. 28, 4:00–6:00pm, OCS

International Relations & Development, Human Rights • • • •

International Development Careers: Strategies for Success: Mon., Sept. 26, 4:30–5:30pm, OCS Professional in Residence: UN/WHO: Wed., Sept. 28, 12:00–1:00pm; 2:00–4:30pm, OCS Professional in Residence: Foreign Service: Thurs., Sept. 29, 1:00–2:00pm, 3:00–5:00pm, OCS International Affairs: Explore Career Pathways: Wed., Oct. 19, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS

Journalism, Publishing, Writing • • • •

Journalism and Media: What’s Trending Now: Thurs., Sept. 22, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS Bloomberg News Internship Info Session: Tues., Oct. 11, 4:30–5:30pm, OCS Publishing: Explore Careers: Thurs., Oct. 13, 4:00–5:30pm, OCS The Writing Life: Turning the Practice of Law into the Art of Memoir: Thurs., Oct. 20, 4:30–5:30pm, OCS

Law, Government, Military Service • • • • • • •

Public Service Job Search Orientation for Seniors: Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:00–7:00pm, TBD Public Service Internship Search Orientation: Mon., Sept. 12, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS Applying to Law School 101: Wed., Sept. 28, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS (with Pre-Law Tutors); Wed., Oct. 12, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS Leadership Opportunities in the U.S. Military Services: Lunch & Learn: Fri., Sept. 30, 12:00–1:00pm, OCS Law: Learn About Different Career Pathways: Tues., Oct. 4, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS Professional in Residence: Law & Legal Practice: Fri., Nov. 4, 12:00–1:00pm; 1:00–3:00pm, OCS Law School Night: Thurs., Nov. 10, 4:00–6:00pm, Faculty Club

Nonprofits, Foundations, Fundraising, Corporate Social Responsibility • Nonprofits: How to Find Jobs & Internships: Tues., Sept. 20, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS • Nonprofits & Public Service: Pathways Panel: Tues., Oct. 18, 5:00–6:00pm, OCS

Technology, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security

• Landing a Tech Internship: Thurs., Sept. 29, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Big Data & Analytics: Explore Careers: Wed., Oct. 5, 4:00–5:00pm, OCS • Big Data, Analytics, & Technology Fair: Thurs., Oct. 6, 2:00–5:00pm, OCS

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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 9,000 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? See Going Global 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 the fall. 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. The program is only one source of employment opportunities since many organizations do not source talent through this structured process. Navigating Summer Opportunities

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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 day 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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Application Process


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Application Process

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 deciding between medicine and teaching or thinking about a career in pediatrics. Spending the summer working at a PBHA Summer Urban Program could be right for you. 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 January each year, but ask the premed team for a copy of last winter’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 theatre productions, archaeological digs, and exploring the locations found in Jane Austen’s novels. There is not 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 all open to you.

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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.

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 spotlights on the OCS website. Also watch the summer planning and funding video on the OCS web site.


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Boston L ocated in the heart of Boston, a few Interns University hip Hou minutes away from the historic Fenway Park, BU Housing sing offers convenient and affordable housing for non-BU students participating in internships during the summer months. Our accommodations in the elegant brownstones Summe r

located in BU’s South Campus and the high-profile, high-rise at 33 Harry Agganis Way provide interns with fully furnished apartments and breathtaking views. Interns also have the option to dine at one of our award winning sustainable dining halls. While staying here, interns are also eligible for membership at BU’s renowned fitness center. If you plan on having a car, BU’s Transportation and Parking Services has options for you. Stay at BU and have a terrific summer internship experience!

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* a m r a K r Caree are their summer sh en sm as cl er up * Harvard ggestions! experiences and su

take a chance to try something you’ve always wondered about, but never had time for. Give yourself a chance to find your true passion this summer, you won’t regret it!

take freshman summer as an opportunity to expand your horizons and use it as an opportunity to help determine your concentration. —george ko ’15 #harvardspf

—madison singell ’15 #harvardspf

start everything early and keep options open! There are a ton of awesome summer opportunities to choose from. —aliza theis ’16 #harvardspf


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When we asked upperclassmen what they did their freshman summer, we received a wide range of responses: from supporting a political campaign at home, to learning a new language abroad, to working at the Admissions Office here in Cambridge! Search for #HarvardSPF on Facebook to read additional summer tips (and reviews) from Harvard students!

start looking early, have a game plan, and do the bulk of your searching during Winter Break downtime.

don’t do something just because it’s what you think you “should” do—do something that you will actually enjoy and get a lot out of! —samantha martin ’16 #harvardspf

—david wang ’16 #harvardspf

continue participating in something you know that you enjoy, or take a risk and try something new. Whatever you choose to do, use the time to rest, regroup, and catch up on life. —brett biebelberg ’16 #harvardspf Navigating Summer Opportunities

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12-4PM Harvard SOCH (59 Shepard St.) Learn about jobs, internships, and summer experiences - including research, study abroad, funding, and public service.


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

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Attend panels and programs about different fields to see what interests you.


Get advice and ideas from peers, proctors, PAFs, house tutors, teaching fellows, faculty, and others.


Check out the Career Karma section of the OCS Facebook page to hear advice from upperclassmen.


Update your resume. Check out the OCS template on our website and bring your resume into OCS drop-in hours to have it reviewed.


Attend OCS drop-in hours (1:00-4:00pm, Monday through Friday) for advice and tips on getting started looking for summer options.


Attend the Summer Programs & Funding Fair in December, to talk to people about Harvard programs and funding.


Keep track of deadlines! Many deadlines occur in January and February, but some occur earlier or later.


Search internship databases on the OCS website: Crimson Careers, UCAN, iNet, Vault, and Going Global.


If you are applying for an international experience, give yourself plenty of time to contact the programs/organizations to sort out visa, passport, and other issues.


Develop contingency plans, since most applications are competitive.


If you are accepted to multiple programs or internships, consult tutors or OCS advisers for help selecting the best experience for you.


Try to relax and enjoy the experience. There is no “right” summer experience. All will teach you more about what you do and do not like.


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Navigating Summer Opportunities  

A guide for students interested in summer internships, studying abroad, and more.

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