Campus Interview Program

The Campus Interview Program brings employers on campus for full-time job and summer internship interviews. The program is not meant to be the single source of all employment opportunities. It is one tool among many that students should utilize in their search for jobs and internships.

Getting Started

Is the Campus Interview Program for Me?

Please note, the Campus Interview Program requires registration.
See "Eligibility" below.

What is the Campus Interview Program?

The Campus Interview Program streamlines the application and first-round interview process for both full-time and internship opportunities with approximately 200 employer participants each year. The majority of campus interviews are held in our interview facility at the Harvard SOCH (59 Shepard Street). However, the process is highly competitive and used by only certain types of companies. The program is one tool among many that students should utilize in their search for jobs and internships.

Some students mistakenly think of campus interviews as the “easy” way to find a job or internship. While many aspects of the program make the application and interview processes more convenient, it is important to realize that the Campus Interview Program is often stressful, with multiple quick deadlines and demanding interview schedules. Not all students are successful using campus interviews, as you can see from the "By the Numbers" statistics below.

Why is there so much Finance and Consulting?

Over 25 different industries were represented in last year’s Campus Interview Program, including popular opportunities at Abercrombie & Fitch, Facebook, Pepsi, and Walt Disney. That being said, many types of companies and organizations do not hire through an elaborate process such as this; formal programs are very time consuming and expensive for employers.

2952 employers posted jobs and internships; 863 participated in programs; 522 attended fairs/expos; 205 interviewed on campus

  • Highly sought-after firms in areas such as sports, media, electronic gaming, nonprofits, and entertainment are overloaded with applications and have no need to spend resources traveling to college campuses in search of additional candidates.
  • Other types of companies such as startups, venture capital, journalism, and biotech firms are looking for applicants to show initiative by finding them.
  • In addition, many companies prefer to make “just in time” hiring decisions closer to the employment start date and cannot predict hiring needs in advance.
  • If you do not see an employer, organization, or industry of interest to you interviewing on campus, they may still be interested in hiring you! Refer to the Career Pathways section of the OCS website and use OCS drop-in advising hours, Monday through Friday 1:00–4:00pm, to let OCS help you develop an individualized job search plan.

Last Year (2015-2016) By the Numbers

Although students often report that it feels like “everyone” is using campus interviews to find their job or internship, statistically that is not the case. Many students apply to research opportunities, fellowships, and/or graduate programs with help from their professors, houses, and OCS. Many students find their full-time job or summer internship through a Crimson Careers “Non-Campus Interview Program” posting, an OCS panel or event, or through developing their professional network. Below, see last year's campus interview “By the Numbers.” You may also want to review previous Harvard Seniors: Next Steps to get a larger perspective on your classmate’s activities.

  FULL-TIME SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
    Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshman
# in class : 1,667 1,672 1,642 1,657
# (and % of class) active Campus Interview Program participants : 642 (39%) 561 (34%) 268 (16%) 31 (2%)
 # of Campus Interview Program applications : 9,415 7,868 2,080 173
Average # of Campus Interview Program applications : 15 / student 14 / student 8 / student 6 / student
# of Campus Interviews : 2,823 1,879 275 18
Average # of Campus Interviews : 5 /student 5 /student 2 /student 1 /student
# (and % of applicants) who accepted offers through the Campus Interview Program : 407 (63%) 297 (53%) 90 (34%) 9 (29%)
% of class who accepted an offer through the Campus Interview Program : 24% 18% 5%  1%

Eligibility

Yes

No


Seniors

If you are looking to start a job the summer after graduation, the Campus Interview Program begins as soon as you return to campus your senior fall. Employer networking/information sessions begin on August 31, 2016 and full-time campus interview job application deadlines begin on September 22 (see Campus Interview Program Calendar). OCS has the resources and the staff to help you prepare to be the best candidate you can be from beginning to end.

Juniors

Some employers in the Campus Interview Program hire summer interns as part of their overall hiring effort. These employers specifically target juniors and some sophomores, and these internship programs allow both the student and the employer to test drive a future full-time employment relationship. Students applying for these summer positions must meet high standards and should prepare accordingly. In many cases, competition for summer internships is more intense than for full-time jobs, so it is essential that students use all resources available to them. Some employers only manage their full-time hires on-campus, even though summer internships are available, and ask that the students apply directly online.

NEW: Junior internship interviews will begin in the fall semester. Employer networking/information sessions will begin the first day of classes, Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Application deadlines internship opportunities begin September 11, 2016. Interviews for campus interview internship opportunities will begin on September 19 (see Campus Interview Program Calendar).

As with full-time positions, the Campus Interview Program may not include the type of summer internship that every student is looking for. The program is not meant to be the single source of all employment opportunities.

Sophomores/Freshman

Some employers are willing to look at sophomore and freshmen applications for their summer internship programs, but statistically very few are offered positions. Sophomores and freshmen can access internships listed in the Campus Interview Program if they attend an orientation or pass the online tutorial and quiz. Sophomores and freshmen are eligible to participate in late October campus interviews for computer-science or engineering roles ONLY and Spring campus interviews for all sectors. September/early October internship campus interviews are for juniors only.

Students Studying Abroad

Students who study or work abroad are attractive candidates to employers. Going to an international destination shows initiative, independence, curiosity, a willingness to explore and acclimate to a new culture and other valuable qualities. Employers do not want to miss these candidates, but the logistics of being out of the country do create some obstacles and may require the students to do some extra leg work.

Going Abroad in the FALL?
(+) Some Full-Time and Summer Internship Interviews occur in the Spring. Study abroad students may still apply to Fall opportunities, and many employers arrange to interview students who are abroad by phone, Skype, or even in-person at an international office. The Campus Interview Program team compiles an email list for students who go abroad during the fall semester. Students registered with The Office of International Education (OIE) may opt-in to the email list to receive information on the opportunities available and procedures for applying from abroad. 
(-) Employer networking and information sessions and interviews on campus will be held primarily in the Fall. You can still access the contacts in our database and contact them personally to let them know of your plans. 

Going Abroad in the SPRING?
Most Campus Interview Program activities occur in the Fall. 

How to Register for the Campus Interview Program while abroad:
See the Sign Up section for details.

TIPS for participating in the Campus Interview Program while abroad:

  • Start early: Make a plan for how you will proceed given your unique circumstances. Remember that some elements of your search can be accomplished before you leave the country.
  • Be flexible: Each employer will have their own way of working with the students who are going abroad, so be ready to research and adapt.
  • Use all your resources: The advisers and staff at OCS are available to help you strategize your individual approach. Many of our resources are online and accessible from anywhere in the world where you have internet access.

GSAS Master's Students

Master's candidates in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are able to search for and apply to many Campus Interview Program jobs and internships. However, master’s students should be aware that the Campus Interview Program is primarily for entry-level hiring of undergraduates. Employers will indicate in their job description and requirements section whether or not they are willing to receive applications from Master's students. You will be able to view the employers who have indicated they are interested in master's students' applications once you have registered for the Campus Interview Program.

Some employers interested in master’s students may not be involved in the Campus Interview Program due to their distinct hiring timelines and needs. For a list of all employer events for GSAS students, please see the events in pink on the OCS GSAS Google calendar. OCS offers numerous programs, workshops, and dedicated advisers to serve GSAS Master's students. To be successful in the Campus Interview Program and/or the job search, students should take advantage of the many resources available to them.

GSAS PhD Students

PhD candidates in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are able to search for and apply to many Campus Interview Program jobs and internships. However, students should be aware that the Campus Interview Program is primarily for entry-level hiring of undergraduates. Employers will indicate in their job description and requirements section whether or not they are willing to receive applications from PhD students. You will be able to view the employers who have indicated they are interested in PhD students' applications once you have registered for the Campus Interview Program.

There are many employers and organizations interested in hiring PhD students that may not be involved in the Campus Interview Program due to their distinct timelines and hiring needs. These organizations, however, may still have a strong presence on campus. Often they will have targeted PhD information sessions, interviewing schedules and hiring timelines that differ from undergraduate recruiting. In order to see the variety of employer events specifically for GSAS students please see the events in pink on the OCS GSAS Google calendar.

Harvard Extension School Students

Harvard Extension School students in degree programs will be eligible to use the Fall Campus Interview Program. HES students must be in their final year of study, meet a 3.5 GPA requirement, and meet with HES Career Adviser Linda Spencer in order to participate. However, HES students should be aware that the Campus Interview Program is primarily for the entry-level hiring of Harvard College undergraduates. Employers will indicate in their job description and requirements section whether or not they are willing to receive applications from HES students.

OCS offers numerous programs, workshops, and dedicated advisers to serve HES students in degree programs. To be successful in the Campus Interview Program and/or the job search, students should take advantage of the many resources available to them.

Alumni of Harvard College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS)

Alumni of Harvard College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may register for a Crimson Careers account.

*An @POST email address is required for alumni to register on Crimson Careers.

Alumni of Harvard College and GSAS are also eligible for the Campus Interview Program, although the program is primarily geared towards current students and entry-level hiring. It is advised that you use Crimson Careers to access the contact information for companies that are coming on campus this year. You are welcome to participate in the Campus Interview Program *IF* you are a recent graduate (less than 5 years) *AND* you can come to Cambridge for interviews, but it is recommended that you CONTACT THE EMPLOYERS FIRST to ensure that they want you included in the general undergraduate resume pool.

Alumni/ae Registration for Crimson Careers and the Campus Interview Program:

  1. Register now for a Crimson Careers account to view current job openings and employer contacts.
  2. Edit your profile in Crimson Careers to indicate your alumnus/a status.
  3. Harvard College or GSAS alumni/ae only may participate in the Campus Interview Program. Please send an email with the subject line "Campus Interview Program Alumni Request” and the information charted below to register.
  4. (Optional) Watch the Online Tutorial to familiarize yourself with the Crimson Careers system.

Example

To request alumni campus interview access in Crimson Careers,
Send an email with the following information to
ocsrec [at] fas.harvard.edu
Name: Joe Smith
Birth Date (as 6 digits): 021484
Harvard ID# (first 8 digits only): 51123478
Year of Graduation (4 digits): 2006
Phone Number: 555-555-1212
Email address: joesmith@post.harvard.edu
House Affiliation: Dunster
Concentration: Anthropology

Sign Up / Registration

NOTE: Eligible students and alumni must register for the Campus Interview Program *each academic year.* If you registered during a previous academic year, yes, you do need to sign up again.

There are TWO ways for eligible candidates to sign up for the 2016-2017 Campus Interview Program. Students only need to complete ONE of the following.

To earn “campus interview rights” – to be able apply to campus interview opportunities, schedule campus interviews, and otherwise participate in the Campus Interview Program – you must follow the registration procedures listed below:

1) Attend an orientation. The fastest and easiest way to gain campus interview rights is to attend an orientation. At this meeting, you will learn about updates to Crimson Careers and the Campus Interview Program, as well as other resources at OCS and beyond to help you be most successful. See the Campus Interview Program Calendar for updated dates and details.

  • JUNIORS: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Science Center C
  • SENIORS: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 4:30pm - 5:30pm in Science Center C
  • JUNIORS & SENIORS: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Science Center B
  • JUNIORS & SENIORS: Friday, September 2, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm in Science Center B
  • [In the late spring, there will be early orientations for rising seniors (current juniors) and rising juniors and sophomores (current sophomores and freshmen) considering the Campus Interview Program for next year (2017-2018).]

~OR~

2) Complete the online tutorial and **PASS** the online quiz.

  • SENIORS, JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, FRESHMEN, GSAS, & RECENT ALUMNI
    The 2016-2017 Campus Interview Program Tutorial is a 15-minute overview of the job and internship search and the Campus Interview Program processes. Plan to supplement tutorial information with information from the OCS website and the Harvard Guide to Your Job Search booklet available at OCS.
      • Please note: Sophomores and Freshmen are eligible to take part in the Spring Campus Interview Program.
      • The tutorial requires Flash in order to play.
      • The tutorial can be watched with our without sound, as a transcript of each slide is available in the "Notes" section.
      • Students must also *PASS* the online quiz to gain access to Campus Interviews.
      • A passing score is 80% or better. Students may review the tutorial, the OCS website, and the Harvard Guide to Your Job Search as often as needed before and during the quiz.
      • Activation will take approximately 1 business day after you have passed the online quiz.

For Harvard College Students who Are Abroad:

Complete the online tutorial and quiz when it becomes available (option #2 above). (See Eligibility Requirements.)

For Harvard College and GSAS Alumni:

(See Eligibility Requirements and Alumni sections.)

Meeting Employers On Campus

The job search is a contact sport! Don't miss the chance to meet employers in person. Please note that you do NOT need to be registered with the Campus Interview Program to attend employer and organization events on campus, career fairs, or student group and non-OCS events.

GSAS students: Many employers come to campus specifically seeking Master's and PhD students. See the OCS GSAS event calendar for graduate-targeted employer events.

MIT Campus Interviews for SEAS Students

A partnership between the Office of Career Services at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard have the option of interviewing with employers participating in the On-Campus Interview programs at both Harvard and MIT. Exercising this option gives SEAS students access to a wider array of employers, supplementing the employer visits scheduled on Harvard’s campus. Harvard students may also attend employer information sessions at MIT, but may not attend MIT’s Fall Career Fair.

Eligibility: All students must be enrolled in a degree program through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Juniors seeking internships and seniors seeking full-time positions will be eligible to participate in this program, as well as graduating graduate students.

Process: Once the registration process is completed, Harvard SEAS students will have an account in MIT’s system and can begin reviewing job descriptions and applying to those of interest. Interviews will be held on the MIT campus. NOTE: Once in the MIT system, students may only apply to the scientific, engineering, or technical employers who are not interviewing at Harvard. If an employer is visiting both Harvard and MIT, students may not apply to the same opportunity twice – you may only apply via Harvard’s Crimson Careers. These guidelines will be strictly enforced.

Timeline: Resume Submission deadlines begin in early September for BOTH full-time and internship interviews at MIT. Interviews will be scheduled from September–November and February–March.

Contact information: To apply for the opportunity to interview with employers at MIT, send an email message to Keith Karasek at SEAS (kkarasek@seas.harvard.edu).

List of company info sessions at MIT.

List of companies scheduled to interview this semester at MIT will be available once you are approved to access the MIT system.