Dates & Deadlines

Application deadlines are listed on Crimson Careers, and on the OCS Recruiting Program calendar. As the calendar indicates, the vast majority of full-time and summer internship deadlines are on Wednesdays at 11:59pm and about two weeks prior to the interview date. The exception are “open” interview schedules, which have a deadline two days prior to the interview date. Any other exceptions will be listed on our website. Plan ahead. You must be registered with the OCS Recruiting Program and logged in to Crimson Careers in order to submit any application materials for a given deadline. Deadlines are final and strictly enforced.

Academic & Recruiting Program Calendar, 2020-2021 

First Day of Fall Classes Wed, September 2

Networking & Information Sessions, Full-Time & Intern 

Wed, Sept. 2 - Wed, Sept. 30

Finance & FinTech Networking Night, Full-Time & Intern

Wed, September 2

Business & Technology Fall Career Fair, Full-Time & Intern

Fri, September 4

First Fall Recruiting Program Deadline, Full-Time & Intern

Tues, September 8

Consulting Networking Night, Full-Time & Intern

Fri, September 11

Recruiting Progam Interviews, Full-Time & Intern

Mon, Sept. 14 - Thurs, Oct. 29

No Off-Campus (Second/Final Round) Interviews

Mon, Sept. 14 - Thurs, Sept. 17 & Mon, Sept. 21 - Thurs, Sept. 24

Diversity Opportunities Fair, Full-Time & Intern Fri, September 25

Data Analytics, Science, & Technology Fair, Full-Time & Intern

Fri, October 9

Media, Marketing, & Creative Careers Expo Thurs, October 15
Thanksgiving Recess Wed, Nov. 25 - Sun, Nov. 29

Fall Reading Period**

Fri, Dec. 4 - Wed, Dec. 9

Fall Examinations**

Thurs, Dec. 10 - Sat, Dec. 19

Winter Recess

Sun, Dec. 20 - Sun, Jan. 24

First Day of Spring Classes 

Mon, January 25

Spring Recruiting Program Deadline, Full-Time & Intern  

Wed, February 3

University Wellness Day (No Employer Recruiting Events) Fri, February 5

Spring Recruiting Program Interviews, Full-Time & Intern

Tues, Feb. 9 - Thurs, Feb. 18

University Wellness Day (No Employer Recruiting Events)

Mon, March 1

University Wellness Day (No Employer Recruiting Events) Tues, March 16
University Wellness Day (No Employer Recruiting Events) Wed, March 31
University Wellness Day (No Employer Recruiting Events) Thurs, April 15

Spring Reading Period**

Thurs, April 29 - Wed, May 5

Spring Examinations**

Thurs, May 6 - Sat, May 15


Thurs, May 27

**NO recruiting activities (educational sessions, information sessions, and interviews) may take place during Harvard's Reading and Exam Periods.



Offer Decision Deadlines

All employers that utilize and benefit form OCS resources*  are asked to agree** to the following timetable: 

Timing of Offer 

Decision Deadline

Full-time offer extended as a result of previous summer internship OR prior to September 1, 2021

Thursday, October 7th, 2021


Intern offer extended as a result of previous summer internship or prior to September 1, 2021

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 

Full-time or intern offer extended September 1, 2021 - October 21, 2021 

Thursday, November 4th

Full-time or intern offer extended October 22, 2021 or later 

2 weeks from date of written offer 

*OCS Resources = career fairs/expos, networking nights, interviews, information sessions, coffee chats/office hours, events promoted on OCS calendar/email lists, Recruiting Program posting including prior years, etc.

**While we are keeping these dates as guidelines, several employers have communicated the difficulty posed by lengthy offer decision windows in light of COVID-19. We ask that employers who cannot agree to the deadlines above instead agree to consider reasonable requests for additional flexibility on offer decisions.

Recruiting Program Dates and Deadlines (2020-2021)

Fall 2020

Interview Period

Student Application Deadline

Employer Preselect Deadline

Employer Interview Date

Full-Time & Intern 

Tuesday 9/8 @11:59pm Thursday 9/10  Monday 9/14 - Thursday 9/17
Thursday 9/10 @11:59pm Tuesday 9/15 Monday 9/21 - Thursday 9/24
Wednesday 9/16 @11:59pm Tuesday 9/22  Tuesday 9/29 - Thursday 10/1
Wednesday 9/23 @11:59pm Tuesday 9/29 Monday 10/5 - Thursday 10/8
Wednesday 9/30 @ 11:59pm  Tuesday 10/6 Tuesday 10/13 - Thursday 10/15
Wednesday 10/7 @ 11:59pm Tuesday 10/13 Tuesday 10/20 - Thursday 10/22
Wednesday 10/14 @ 11:59pm  Tuesday 10/20 Tuesday 10/27 - Thursday 10/29

Spring 2021

Interview Period

Student Application Deadline

Employer Preselect Deadline

Employer Interview Date

Full-Time & Intern


Wednesday 2/3 @ 11:59pm

Friday, 2/5 

Tuesday 2/9 - Wednesday 2/10

Wednesday 2/3 @ 11:59pm 

Tuesday, 2/9 

Wednesday 2/17 - Thursday 2/18

Interview Schedule Notes

  1. Interviews will be virtual for fall 2021. Scheduling for interviews with most employers will take place in Crimson Careers, however some employers may be coordinating their own interview schedule
  2. All students must register to participate in the OCS Recruiting Program each academic year.
  3. Student Application Deadline: Students submit all application-related materials via Crimson Careers by 11:59pm on this dateOCS Recruiting Program application deadlines are Wednesday nights, with the exception of the first two fall deadlines.
  4. Employer Preselect Deadline: for interviews scheduled through Crimson Careers, invited, alternate and not invited decisions are typically entered by 6pm on this date in Crimson Careers. Check your "Interviews" tab in Crimson Careers to view your status.
  5. Invited Sign-up Start Date is 12:00am the day after the Employer Preselect Deadline.
  6. Schedule Types: Interview schedules may be one of two options listed below.
    1. Invited - Alternate Schedules: Alternates will be able to select any remaining interview time slots at 12:00am three days before the interview date.
    2. Open Schedules: Interviews are scheduled entirely on a first-come, first-served basis.
  7. Interview Changes: You may change/cancel your interview time in Crimson Careers if there are open interview times available up until 9:00am on the Schedule Close Date in Crimson Careers.

Last updated 2/9/21

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