Offers

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. Like other offers, the first step is to say thank you and ask for more details in writing.

Keep in mind that it also takes work to manage an offer, and it is usually in students’ best interest to make a decision in as timely a manner as possible. Connect with an OCS adviser during drop-ins or a scheduled appointment for advice on managing and evaluating your offer. If the time frame you have been given is different than what is stated in our policies section below, email the Campus Interview Program via ocsrec@fas.harvard.edu for advice on asking for more time to make a 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. 

Offer Policies & FAQs

Policies

All employers participating in the Campus Interview Program (which includes all interviews conducted off-campus with students whose resumes have come to employers through our resume drops) as well as employers who utilize OCS promotional channels (including fairs, networking and information sessions, coffee chat/office hours, etc.) must follow the timetable below. At the same time, students are expected to be active decision makers, avoid waiting until the last minute, and honor commitments and agreements that they make during the recruiting process.

Full-time & Internship Hiring Acceptance Deadlines

Offer Decision Deadlines

All employers that utilize and benefit form OCS resources*  must at minimum 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, 2020

Thursday, October 8th, 2020         

Intern offer extended as a result of previous summer internship or prior to September 1, 2020

Thursday, October 22th, 2020

Full-time or intern offer extended September 1, 2020 - October 15, 2020 

Thursday, November 5th or 3 weeks from date of written offer, whichever is LATER

Full-time or intern offer extended October 16, 2020 or later 

3 Weeks from Date of Written Offer                                                                                                      

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

No Exploding Offers. 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 accept," or “We will extend an offer if you agree to accept today,” etc.).If you receive an exploding offer or have a concern about offer deadlines, please contact the Campus Interview Program Office right away at (617) 495-2598.

Students should always insist on receiving offers in writing. Please examine the contract you sign very carefully. Students who renege on offers after both parties have signed will be denied future access to the Campus Interview Program.

FAQs

Q. What is the salary range for Campus Interview Program positions?

The organizations that participate in the Campus Interview Program range from nonprofits to retailers to financial services firms. Thus, there is a wide range of possibilities in terms of compensation. We recommend several resources for benchmarking salaries and other benefits in the Decision Making section of our website. For junior internships (between junior and senior academic years), many employers in finance and consulting will pay the equivalent of their full starting salary, prorated for the length of the internship. Note that this is not universal, and does not usually apply to students prior to junior year.

Q. I've received an offer from an employer, are there resources to help me navigate this stage? 

OCS is happy to be a resource to students during all stages of the job and internship search. See the 2019 Managing Offers Webinar and 2019 Managing Offers Webinar Transcription (pdf) for advice on advocating for yourself while maintaining good professional relationships. The Evaluating & Negotiating Offers section of our website has resources to assess your offer including the OCS Job Offer publication. OCS advisers are also available to help you consider your options. Chat with an OCS adviser during drop-in advising Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:00pm or schedule an appointment in Crimson Careers.