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.

Nonacademic

  • What You Can be with a PhD – Discover many career options you might consider, and see a sampling of post-PhD jobs Harvard alumni have landed. Work with OCS to imagine your own possibilities!
  • Read the OCS Building Professional Connections publication (pdf)
  • Attend nonacademic job search workshops and webinars on topics such as:
    • Resumes and Cover Letters
    • Networking
    • Career Fairs
    • Behavioral Interviews
  • 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)
    • Imagine Ph.D. (career self-assessment and exploration for humanities and social sciences)
    • myIDP (career self-assessment and exploration for those in the sciences)
  • Attend Career Fairs, relevant to your interests.
  • Search Crimson Careers (OCS online jobs & internships database).
  • 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.

Academic

  • Attend Becoming Faculty workshops including:
    • Craft and Tailor Your CV and Cover Letter
    • Going on the Academic Market
    • Preparing for Conference, Phone and Skype Interviews
    • Preparing for Campus Interviews
    • The View from the Search Committee
    • Real-Life Stories from the Academic Job Search
  • Learn about Interfolio to manage your academic job search materials, especially letters of reference.
  • Explore these useful external links, a compilation of career exploration and job search links for Academic and Nonacademic careers.