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See Harvard College's Summer 2021 Funding Policy

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Harvard College prioritizes the wide distribution of Summer funding to ensure that as many undergraduate students as possible can have a meaningful summer experience. For funded Summer 2021 experiences, students may only apply Harvard University funding to one Summer experience, regardless of duration of time (ex. only four weeks or a part-time effort). Co-funding between multiple sources of funding is permitted only if the funding jointly supports the same Summer experience. This includes students who accept the Harvard Summer School tuition waiver. Those students who accept the HSS waiver may not accept funding for a second Harvard Summer experience.

Exceptions to the Summer Funding Policy are uncommon and will be reviewed on an individual basis; students should make exception requests to their Resident Dean, who will forward on to the Office of Undergraduate Education. All exceptions will be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Failure to adhere to the Harvard College Summer funding policy may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council.

OCS Summer 2021 Funding for Experiences Outside of the United States

Despite the recent announcement from Harvard University allowing international travel to CDC level 1 & 2 countries for students who are fully vaccinated, the Office of Career Services (OCS) will not be able to fund any in-person international experiences for Harvard College students for summer 2021.  OCS donor funds have already been allocated and are in the process of being disbursed to students whose summer funding applications for virtual opportunities were vetted and approved.  OCS looks forward to returning to supporting in-person international experiences for summer 2022.

OCS Summer 2021 Funding for Experiences Within the United States

For opportunities in the United States, undergraduates who are already in the United States and who are fully vaccinated, may be able to pursue in-person opportunities if host organizations and local guidelines allow.  Please know that all stipend amounts will remain at the $4,000 level and cannot be adjusted.  All experiences organized by the Office of Career Services have been structured to run remotely this summer as a precaution intended to protect students and community partners who may not be able to offer a safe in-person experience. If for any reason students choose to modify their arrangements to be in-person for this summer, they must complete an attestation form that they are fully vaccinated, send a copy of the completed form to, and provide proof of their vaccination to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) by emailing a copy of their completed CDC vaccination card to Fully vaccinated students who want to seek out in-person options should reach out to their host organizations directly. Students who are not fully vaccinated should plan on being funded for only virtual experiences for summer 2021.

Explore Summer 2021 Opportunities

The Office of Career Services (OCS) is here to help you plan for an enriching summer experience.


Currently, Harvard University has suspended university-related domestic and international travel so we are planning that OCS funding will be for all virtual experiences for 2021.


However, it is not too early to start to plan for virtual opportunities. Last summer, OCS was able to fund hundreds of students to engage in virtual internships, research, and study, and we plan to fund a similar number this coming summer! See funded opportunities across the university.

To get started thinking about your summer plans, come to a virtual drop-in (M-F, 1-4pm ET) or sign up for an appointment with an adviser. You can access virtual drop-ins and the appointment calendar using Crimson Careers.



We will update this page as more information becomes available regarding potential summer 2021 opportunities. We look forward to helping you land an enriching summer experience!

Who is eligible for OCS Summer Funding?

Students who are:

  • In good standing
  • Enrolled full-time during Spring 2021
  • Plan to enroll in Fall 2021

Important Note on OCS Summer Funding

  • Harvard College has stated that students on leave of absence intending to apply for funding in a period subsequent to their leave period (e.g., applying for summer programs and funding after a spring term leave) must reach out to their resident dean to petition the Administrative Board for approval to submit applications. These petitions must be approved prior to preparing an application for submission.
  • Any student awarded OCS summer funding can only accept one Harvard source of summer funding 
  • Students offered full OCS funding for a non-Harvard study abroad program or an approximately eight-week or longer internship or non-credit program may not receive funding from any another Harvard office without written permission from the Office of Career Service.  Accepting more than one source of funding takes away opportunities from other students seeking funding. 
  • Students who accept Harvard summer funding for an internship, research, remote study abroad, or public service experience are not eligible to receive a waiver to enroll in a Harvard Summer School course or vice versa. 
  • Funding administered by the Office of Career Services is intended to support student travel, lodging and living expenses such as local transportation, food, and incidentals. These generous donor funds may not be used to pay others to provide services such as hiring third-party researchers or clinicians or to purchase goods or services for other individuals or organizations. 
  • Failure to follow these rules may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council for an offense. 

2019-2020 Navigating Summer Opportunities Guide

(Please note that not all information in this guide is relevant for Summer 2021.) 

Summer Funding Advisers

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Jean Lee

Staff Assistant, Summer Funding

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Do you have questions about what to do or where to find summer opportunities? Contact us at:


The OCS Summer Funding advisers help Harvard College undergraduates plan summer experiences and learn how to apply for funding for virtual summer study, international internships, research, and public service.


Come to a workshop, sign up for an appointment through Crimson Careers, and browse the “Navigating Summer Opportunities” guide to learn more!

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