OCS Recruiting is not meant to be the single source of all employment opportunities. OCS Recruiting is one tool among many that students should utilize in their search for jobs and internships. See the Job & Internship Search and Career Pathways pages for more information about additional tools and resources. 

OCS Recruiting positions are located in Crimson Careers. Depending on your search criteria, you most likely will see Recruiting positions side-by-side with all other opportunities. We recommend using the “Position Type” filter to search “Recruiting – Jobs” or “Recruiting – Internships" and sorting your results by deadline. 


Read each position description carefully

Employers write job and internship descriptions for a reason—to give you a sense of the organization and the position while letting you know what they are looking for in an employee. It is your responsibility as a candidate to read the position on Crimson Careers and, if you are interested in applying, to tailor your application materials to make the argument for how your skills and experiences match the position requirements and the needs of the organization. In addition, students are responsible for completing all the APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, which means submitting EXACTLY what the employer has requested. One of the first things that the employer asks is “Did the student give me what I asked for?” Whenever possible, tailor your application materials to the specific job, organization, or industry for which you are applying. Employers can (and will) ask for any of the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial transcript
  • GPA (simply include on your resume)
  • SAT scores (simply include on your resume—no official report required)
  • Separate online application in addition to  Crimson Careers application (the web address will be specified on Crimson Careers—you must submit applications to both  Crimson Careers and the indicated employer website to be considered for an on-campus interview)
  • Writing sample (the page length and any other requirement will be specified on Crimson Careers)

Apply to OCS Recruiting Positions

The following image appears once you have clicked the "Apply" button to the right of each job description on Crimson Careers.

Image of apply box, students should submit all documents requested by the employer.

  • All “requested documents,” including anything in the notes section, are required.
  • GPA, SAT scores, additional online applications, and any other special requirements will appear at the top of this box. Additional online applications must be submitted by the same date/time as the Crimson Careers deadline.
  • A document type (cover letter, transcript) will only appear if it has been required by the employer. In this example, the "transcript" requirement appears, even though the candidate does not have one in the system. The candidate must upload a transcript BEFORE clicking submit to have a complete application. (NOTE: We recommend uploading all documents from the "documents" tab. This allows you to preview the file and ensure your formatting is correct. For more information about uploading a transcript, see the FAQ section of this page.)
  • Make sure you submit ALL application materials. In this example, the system will let you submit your application with only a resume selected, even though cover letter and transcript are required by the employer.
  • Make it final! Think of your application as final, as if you are sealing it and posting it by mail to the employer. Changes you make to your documents will not change or update a submitted application.
  • If you see a typo or other mistake in your application, you must upload a new, corrected document, withdraw your application, and then reapply with the new materials.
  • If you withdraw an application after the 11:59pm ET application deadline has passed, you will not be able to reapply.

View Existing OCS Recruiting Applications

  1. Click on the "interviews" tab.
  2. Look under "Recruiting Applications" header.
  3. Click position title to return to the position description and review the documents you submitted.
     Screenshot of interviews tab in Crimson Careers, by clicking on position titles, you can navigate back to the description and check the documents you submitted.

Change/Withdraw an Existing Application

You are able to withdraw your OCS Recruiting application and reapply with new or updated documents as long as it is before the application deadline date at 11:59pm ET. 

To withdraw an application, log in to Crimson Careers and

  1. Select the "Interviews" tab
  2. Look under the "Recruiting Applications" header
  3. Click the three dots icon and choose "withdraw."

Please note, *it may take some time - as much as a couple of hours - before the system allows you to reapply so do not wait until the last minute. In addition, the OCS Recruiting Office closes at 5pm ET, even on deadline days, so we are not available for help with technical issues after that time.

For pending applications in the interviews section of Crimson Careers, click the three dots menu icon to withdraw an application before the deadline.

In general, even though you apply to OCS Recruiting positions online, we recommend you think of your application as something final that you have mailed out. In other words, try to avoid having to withdraw and resubmit applications to prevent any technical issues with your applications that might cause you to miss deadlines.

Application Policies & FAQs


Application deadlines are listed on Crimson Careers and the OCS Recruiting Calendar. As the calendar indicates, the vast majority of full-time and summer job deadlines are on Wednesdays at 11:59pm ET and about two weeks prior to the employer interview date. Note that some employers have firm-wide application deadlines or may choose to extend their application deadline.

Only those students who have submitted materials and applied to employers through Crimson Careers may interview with OCS Recruiting employers. If you decide to submit your application materials to an employer outside of the OCS Recruiting listing in Crimson Careers, you will have to make separate arrangements to meet with the employer.


General Questions

Q. Does the application process change when interviews are held virtually?

Even when interviews take place virtually, the application and signup process will still be conducted via Crimson Careers. Students will not be eligible to interview if they do not apply for the position through Crimson Careers.

Q. Can employers see the saved document titles on Crimson Careers

Employers cannot "browse" or see any portion of your Crimson Careers profile apart from those specific documents that you actively submit to them. However, once you submit an application, an employer can see the submitted documents, including the original file name. Therefore, name your documents carefully as you save them to upload to Crimson Careers. For example, you do not want to send a document called “Consulting Letter” to a nonprofit organization!  

Q. How do I attach my GPA or SAT scores? 

If an employer requests GPA and/or SAT scores, simply include them in your resume. A separate document is not necessary. See the resume section of the OCS website for some examples. If you are missing some grades on your transcript, whether it is because a professor is late turning in grades or some other reason, you must calculate your GPA omitting the missing grades, even if the professor has told you what the grade will be. See below for more information about your Unofficial Transcript.

Q. Why is the employer asking me to apply on their website in addition to Crimson Careers

Some employers, whether for legal or tracking purposes, require students ALSO to complete applications through the organization’s website. If an online application is required, the employer's web address will be given, and you MUST complete BOTH the online application at the company website AND the Crimson Careers application to be considered for an OCS Recruiting interview.  

Q. How do I make changes to my OCS Recruiting application?

To make any changes to an existing OCS Recruiting application, you must withdraw your application and resubmit with the corrected and/or new documents. Changing the documents within your document tab on Crimson Careers does not change the documents in your submitted application(s). For this reason, we recommend that you think of your application as something FINAL that you have mailed out. You can withdraw without penalty as long as you have time to resubmit before the deadline, but we caution that you give yourself ample time. DO NOT withdraw after the deadline unless you are withdrawing your candidacy altogether. You will not be able to reapply at all if you withdraw after the deadline. See the "How to Change/Withdraw an Existing Application" section above for more details.

Q. Is it okay to apply to multiple divisions or multiple positions at one organization?

Yes, you can apply to more than one division or position. However, keep in mind that it is in your best interest to tailor your application materials to each opportunity. That way, you both increase your chances for each position AND demonstrate that you are not just applying indiscriminately. Remember, the job or internship search is not a numbers game; it is about finding and demonstrating “fit.”

Cover Letter Questions

Q. How do I know if a cover letter is required on Crimson Careers

When you click the “Apply” button on the right-hand side of a position description, all the required documents appear in the “Apply Box.”

Q. If a cover letter is not required, should I submit one anyway? 

For OCS Recruiting positions, no, and the OCS Recruiting system will not let you submit one. However, note that if an employer is asking you ALSO to apply through their own organizational website, they may ask you to submit a cover letter (or answer application questions) through their site even if they do not ask for a cover letter via Crimson Careers. For non-Recruiting positions, you should also generally follow instructions, but you may add a cover letter if you have a compelling reason why it would add value to your candidacy. NOTE: For OCS Recruiting positions, all documents listed in the "apply" section are considered required documents.

Q. To whom do I address my cover letter? 

Unless there is a separate contact listed somewhere in the body of the position description, you should use the contact information posted on Crimson Careers. You can find the correct contact person's name on the bottom of the position description in Crimson Careers. Make sure that you spell the person's name correctly! If you do not find a contact name, “To Whom It May Concern” is sufficient. 

Q. What should I say in my cover letter? 

Your cover letter is your chance to demonstrate how your skills and interests fit with the specific opportunity, employer, and industry to which you're applying. It should demonstrate that you have carefully read the position description and can explain how you would contribute in that role. Also see the cover letter section of the OCS website.

Q. How do I get my cover letter reviewed at OCS?

OCS drop-in hours are the easiest way to get a cover letter reviewed at OCS. Drop-in hours will be held virtual Monday through Friday, 1:00-4:00pm ET. Log into the queue starting at 1pm ET for a document review. You can log back in as often as you need. If you make an appointment with an OCS adviser to review cover letters, plan to have two or three documents with you to fill the 30-minute appointment.

Unofficial Transcript Questions

Q. How do I upload my "Unofficial Transcript" for applications in Crimson Careers

  1. There are multiple ways to access your “unofficial transcript.”  Most students are familiar with accessing it from the "Student Home" page. Navigate to the Student Home page > Grades > and then select the "view unofficial transcript" link. 
  2. PRINT to .PDF the first page of your “Unofficial Transcript”/Student Record (requires Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is available on the computers at OCS, your House, and the Harvard computer labs).
    1. If you are away from campus and do not have access to Adobe Professional, then you may take a screenshot of the first page of your transcript and save the image file in order to remove the encryption.
  3. Login to Crimson Careers and upload the PDF of your transcript from the “Documents” tab.
  4. ALWAYS preview your documents from the “Documents” tab to make sure they are uploaded properly.

Q. Can I really use my Unofficial Transcript from or my Student Record, or do I need to order an official transcript? 

Sometimes students are concerned about using their Unofficial Transcript from or their Student Record because it is not an "official" transcript, but it is absolutely recommended and expected by employers. Realize that employers are asking for an unofficial transcript, and the moment you open any Registrar's document and convert it to a .pdf it becomes unofficial. Even though the Student Record does not have the full course titles, the vast majority of transcripts are reviewed by Harvard alums who understand the course shorthand.

Q. Do I really need to *print* to pdf my Student Record/Unofficial Transcript?

YES! If you attempt just to save to PDF your Student Record/Unofficial Transcript from the registrar's website directly, it will still have security encryption that prevents the employer from batch printing the documents after the deadline. The PDF will LOOK fine to you in Crimson Careers, but when the employer tries to PRINT their huge stack of Harvard applications to copy and distribute to reviewers, your transcript will be blank.

Q. What if my transcript has a missing grade because my professor has not finished grading?

Employers are accustomed to seeing the occasional missing grade given the timing of internship hiring and the delay that sometimes occurs when students return from studying abroad. Remember that employers want to see your transcript because they care as much about the courses you’ve taken as the grades you’ve earned, so include the most up-to-date version of your document, even if it is missing grades. Calculate your GPA omitting the courses that do not yet have grades. Feel free to email the recruiter(s) an updated version of your transcript when it is complete.

Q. What if my transcript has an ABS (Harvard’s version of an incomplete) because I had to postpone a final?

In these cases, we instruct students to calculate their GPA without this course and indicate something resembling the following on their resume: "(omits one ABS course pending make-up exam in February)." All employers are emailed in advance notifying them that they might see resumes with this indication. Plan to email the recruiter(s) an updated version of your transcript when it is complete.

Q. What if I want to make a note about something, like a missing grade, on my transcript? 

DO NOT make any notes or alterations to your Student Record or transcript. Altering your Harvard transcript could be construed as misrepresenting your Harvard record, which is an Ad Board offense. If absolutely necessary, you can make a note as the second page of your resume or cover letter, but make it extremely brief. Alternatively, email the recruiter at one of your favorite employers and ask their advice.