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 OCS Recruiting 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 virtually with an OCS adviser during drop-ins or a scheduled appointment for advice on managing and evaluating your offer. Email the OCS Recruiting Program via firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on asking for more time to make a decision.
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 OCS Recruiting 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.