Job & Internship Search

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. 


Ready to begin applying for jobs? OCS advisers provide support and resources to help you prepare for and engage in a proactive job search, whether within or beyond academia.


  • Read the OCS Building Connections publication (pdf)
  • Attend nonacademic job search workshops, such as:
    • Take Control of Your Career
    • Resumes and Cover Letters
    • Connect at Career Fairs
    • Making a Good First Impression
    • Behavioral Interviews: The Secret Sauce
  • Explore options:
    • Versatile Ph.D. (successful job search documents, career transition narratives, career panel discussions)
    • Career Pathways (tailored resource for diverse industry clusters, targeted towards undergraduates, but relevant to grad students)
    • Vault (career guides and more)
  • Attend Career Fairs.
  • Search Crimson Careers (OCS online jobs & internships database).
  • Use Jobtreks to manage your career exploration, networking, and job search.
  • Consider Harvard's Campus Interview Program.
  • Explore these useful external links, a compilation of career exploration and job search links for Academic and Nonacademic careers.
  • For help with your job/internship strategy, come in to GSAS drop-in advising most Wednesdays from 1-4pm, or schedule an appointment through Crimson Careers.