About the OCS Recruiting Program

Please note, the Recruiting Program requires registration. Instructions for the 2021-2022 program will be updated soon on the the Sign Up / Registration page.

What is the OCS Recruiting Program?

The OCS Recruiting Program (formerly called the Campus Interview Program) streamlines the networking, application and first-round interview process for both full-time and internship opportunities with approximately 150 employer participants each year. All Fall 2020 recruiting events and interviews will be conducted virtually. 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. All 2020-2021 Recruiting Program activities will take place virtually.

Some students mistakenly think of the Recruiting Program 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 program is often stressful, with multiple quick deadlines and demanding interview schedules. Not all students are successful through the structured recruiting process, as you can see from the "By the Numbers" statistics below.

Why is there so much Finance and Consulting?

OCS invites all types of organizations to participate in the OCS Recruiting Program. The only requirements are that participating organizations have paid opportunities and that they abide by the program's policies and procedures, including Harvard's non-discrimination policy. The Recruiting Program often includes popular opportunities at Facebook, Kraft Heinz, PepsiCo, the U.S. Navy, and Walt Disney. That being said, many types of organizations do not hire through an elaborate process such as this; formal programs are very time-consuming and expensive for employers.

OCS by the numbers graphic, 2018-2019

  • Highly sought-after organizations 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 organizations such as startups, venture capital, journalism, and biotech are looking for applicants to show initiative by finding them.
  • In addition, many organizations 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 are most likely still 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 or internship search plan.

Academic Year (2018-2019) By the Numbers

Although students often report that it feels like “everyone” is going through the formal recruiting process 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-Recruiting Program” posting, an OCS panel or event, or through developing their professional network. Below, see last year's OCS Recruiting Program “By the Numbers.” You may also want to review previous Harvard Seniors: Next Steps to get a larger perspective on your classmate’s activities.

    Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshman
# in class:   1,644 1,710 1,735 1,671
# (and % of class) active Campus Interview Program participants:   590 (36%) 663 (39%) 245 (14%) 16 (1%)
 # of Campus Interview Program applications:   7,654 8,266 1,683 131
Average # of Campus Interview Program applications:   13 / student 12 / student 7 / student 8 / student
# of Campus Interviews:   2,002 1,675 241 10
Average # of Campus Interviews:   4 /student 3 /student 2 /student 1 /student
# (and % of applicants) who accepted offers through the Campus Interview Program:   339 (57%) 249 (38%) 47 (19%) 8 (50%)
% of class who accepted an offer through the Campus Interview Program:   21% 15% 3%  0%