Harvard’s conviction is that students must have the opportunity to explore in order to make effective decisions. In conjunction with our faculty and deans, we are committed to the transformative purposes of a liberal arts and sciences education and supporting students as they gain a sense of what they want to do with their gifts and talents, assess their values and interests, and learn how they can best serve the world.
Students need to be aware that many employers in the Campus Interview Program have a very short timeline from when first-round interviews start to when offers are made to candidates. Sometimes students feel pressured by employers to accept an offer quickly. If a time frame is not within our constraints stated in the policies section below, please contact the Campus Interview Office, and we will help negotiate the correct amount of time needed to make the decision. Often the person making the offer is simply not aware of our our policies, which stipulate:
We expect employers to honor all offers made to students. Exploding offers are prohibited and refer to any condition that places undue pressure on the student to accept early (e.g., "We have 10 offers outstanding for 8 openings and will accept the first 8 students who get back to us," or “We will extend an offer if you agree to accept today,” etc.).
Reneging on Offers
Reneging on a job/internship offer is considered an egregious breach of ethics and may damage your professional reputation. Students who renege on an offer will have their Crimson Careers account blocked immediately and will have to meet with the Director of the Campus Interview Program. If an opportunity has come along that you would like to pursue after you have accepted an offer, consult OCS to discuss how you might approach the situation.