About the Campus Interview Program

Please note, the Campus Interview Program requires registration. See the Sign Up / Registration page for more information. 

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). 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.

  • Review the Harvard Guide to Your Job Search, which covers the job and internship search process and how to utilize the Campus Interview Program as one part of your job or internship search.

Why is there so much Finance and Consulting?

OCS invites all types of organizations to participate in the Campus Interview 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. Last year's Campus Interview Program included popular opportunities at Anheuser-Busch, EF Education First, 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.

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  • 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.

Last Year (2018-2019) 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:   1,644 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%