Wintersession

Harvard College encourages undergraduates to take time during the Winterbreak to refresh and recharge. OCS offers some limited programming during the Winterbreak and Wintersession periods.

Winterbreak

Undergraduate students who wish to engage in activities during the break may consider:

  • Connecting with an organization at home.
  • Participating in a January Experience like a short-term internship or job shadow.
  • Becoming an Arts & Museums Intern.
  • Joining OCS for a career exploration Site Visit.

OCS is just one of the many centers and departments at Harvard that offer Winter break programming and funding.

Intern or shadow an alum or employer in January!

Alumni and employers may offer internships (paid or unpaid) or job-shadowing experiences between January 2-25, 2019. These experiences allow students to observe and ask questions, gain hands-on experience, learn about an organization or industry, and build relationships.

Here are examples of activities you may engage in during a job shadow experience:

  • Shadowing an alum or employer on a typical workday
  • Attending workplace meetings
  • Conducting informational interviews with staff
  • Undertaking a voluntary small project or relevant research assignment
  • Serving alongside an employer in volunteer work
  • Discussing industry trends and an organization's mission
  • Participating in an educational tour conducted by the office or organization

Search for a January Experience

Students are encouraged to create an independent job shadow experience by connecting with alumni directly. January Experiences are also posted in Crimson Careers and may be offered by an alum, an employer, or in conjunction with a Harvard affiliate (e.g. OCS, CPIC).

Log in to Crimson Careers and select “January Experience (Job Shadow, Internship)” as the position type to search all postings.

  • Note that January Experiences are typically posted from September through mid-November.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid. Job shadowing experiences are typically unpaid.
  • Note that OCS is unable to provide funding for January 2019 experiences. Students will be responsible for their own travel and housing expenses.

Interested in exploring local organizations? Come join with other students on a half-day visit to an organization in the Boston area during Wintersession. You will have the opportunity to network with alumni and top professionals; learn an organization's history, culture, and mission; explore the various roles and functions in the organization; and learn about internships and jobs in the sector.

 

January 2019 site visits include:

CIRCLE (A GLOBAL CRYPTO FINANCE COMPANY)

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7)
DATE: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
TIME: 1:00 – 3:00pm
LOCATION: Boston, MA

COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site-visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.
Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College and GSAS students
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20 spots
TRAVEL:
OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from the site visit.
DESCRIPTION:
Are you interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain? Want to tour one of the coolest crypto companies in Boston? Circle is a global crypto finance company headquartered in Boston, with more than 200 employees and growing fast! Join OCS as we tour their downtown office and hear from employees about this growing field. You will have the opportunity to ask questions from people at the forefront of crypto and blockchain technology, and to hear about opportunities in this exciting field!

GOOGLE

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7)
DATE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00pm
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site-visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.

Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College and GSAS students.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 35 spots
TRAVEL:
OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from the site visit.
DESCRIPTION:
Google is celebrating its twentieth anniversary since its inception and we are committed as ever to our mission of organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful. The Google Cambridge office is now over 1500 Googlers strong and contributes to such high-visibility products as Search, YouTube, Chrome, Android, Image Search, Google Play for Education, Travel, and Newsstand. Every year, Google hires numerous Harvard students for internships and full-time opportunities. OCS invites you to explore the wonderful and innovative world of Google Cambridge. Whether you're interested in software engineering, product management, design, or sales, this is great exploratory experience for you.


THE BRIDGESPAN GROUP

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7)
DATE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Boston, MA
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site-visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.
Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College undergraduate students.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 25 spots
TRAVEL: OCS will provide students with transportation to travel to and from the site visit.
DESCRIPTION:
Want to learn more about nonprofit consulting? Come visit The Bridgespan Group and learn about how analysts work with social sector organizations to help advance their mission and goals. Hear from Bridgespan Harvard alumni and staff about their work, take a tour of the office, and learn more about opportunities in this exciting and impactful field. Lunch will be provided. OCS will provide T passes to/from Bridgespan. Students will have the option of meeting at OCS and going together as a group or meeting directly at Bridgespan.


BROAD INSTITUTE

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Extended to Friday, December 14)
DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site-visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.

Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to FAS Harvard College Juniors and Seniors, and Master’s and PhD students.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30 spots
TRAVEL:
OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from the site visit.
DESCRIPTION: The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is a mission-driven community that brings together researchers in medicine, biology, chemistry, computation, engineering, and mathematics from across MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, along with collaborators around the world. Join us at Explore Broad Day where students learn about the Broad Institute's science, community and culture, Harvard alumni experiences, and job and internship opportunities. Lunch will be provided. Students can plan to meet at the T in Harvard square at 10:30am to travel together. This trek is open to Juniors, Seniors, Master’s and PhD students.


AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7)
DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2019
TIME: 11:45am – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA

COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit. Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College undergraduate students.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 18 spots
TRAVEL: OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from the site visit.
DESCRIPTION: Come tour America's Test Kitchen, a real 15,000-square foot test kitchen in Boston’s Seaport district that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. The Test Kitchen's goal is to develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in their two magazines, Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country, their growing line of cookbooks, their websites, and featured on their top-rated public television series, America's Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country TV.


CROSSING THE RIVER: HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, January 18)
DATE:Thursday, January 24, 2019
TIME: 2:00 – 3:30pm
LOCATION: Harvard Business School (across the river)
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.

Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College undergraduate students.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 75 spots
DESCRIPTION: Harvard Business School (HBS) is excited to welcome Harvard College undergraduates who are thinking about applying to business school to the HBS campus for a special session. The afternoon will include a mock class taught by an HBS professor (a great chance to see the HBS Case Method in action), an information session with HBS admissions staff, and a tour of campus. Space is limited so register today! More information, including logistics for the day of, will be sent ahead of time to all registered students.


MITRE CORPORATION

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7)
DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2019
TIME: 2:30 – 6:30pm
LOCATION: Bedford, MA

TRAVEL: OCS will provide students with bus transportation to travel to and from the site visit.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College and GSAS students. (Please note: Must be a U.S. citizen to attend this visit.)

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 25 spots
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site-visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.
Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
DESCRIPTION: MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. These centers are unique organizations that assist the United States government with scientific research and analysis, development and acquisition, and systems engineering and integration on topics including cyber security, aviation, and intelligence. If you are interested in research, data science, or engineering, this would be a great learning experience for you and a great opportunity to connect with Harvard alumni working at MITRE.

REEBOK

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7)
DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2019
TIME: 10:00 – 11:30am
LOCATION: Boston, MA
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site-visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit.
Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Anthony Arcieri at arcieri@fas.harvard.edu to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College students as well as Harvard Extension School degree candidates.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 15 spots
TRAVEL:
OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from the site visit.

DESCRIPTION: Tour Reebok’s new Boston office and hear from professionals working in a variety of areas within the business. "Reebok is an American-inspired global brand with a deep fitness heritage and the mission to design and create the best gear and experiences for the sport of fitness and for fitness athletes around the globe. Reebok strives to inspire people everywhere to be their absolute best – physically, mentally and socially."

 

"Explore" Summer Opportunities Wintersession Bootcamps
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11am-1pm or
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11am-1pm

Want to learn how to get started landing great summer experiences and funding? Come roll up your sleeves and get help finding summer opportunities and filling out funding applications. This hands-on interactive boot camp will help you get a jump on deadlines and teach you how to reach out to alumni and employers. Learn about the different types of summer experiences such as research, study abroad, internships, public service and volunteering and compare domestic and international options. After a short general overview, you will spend time with individual OCS advisers who will help you research summer opportunities and funding sources. Bring your laptop, or use the OCS computers to get the most out of this session. A Pizza lunch will be served. Space is limited.

PLEASE REGISTER THROUGH CRIMSON CAREERS TO ATTEND

 

“Explore” Next Steps Beyond Harvard, Using Design Thinking
Friday, January 25, 2019
11am-3pm

The same design thinking responsible for cutting edge technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career. Join us for this half-day workshop created to help you tackle the challenge of understanding work you might like to engage in. Adapted from the popular Stanford course and book entitled “Designing Your Life,” this hands-on session will give you the tools to make decisions, learn more about the world of work, and confidently leverage the Harvard network while prototyping a few different plans for your future. The day will be filled with specially-designed individual and group activities, and lunch will be provided. Open to juniors and seniors in Harvard College.

Seats are limited. If you are interested and able to commit to the entire four-hour session, please register through Crimson Careers.

 

This OCS program places students in arts organizations and museums for a three-week, full-time, project-based internship over the January break with, in some cases, the opportunity to continue into the spring semester (5-8 hours per week). All interns receive a stipend through the Office of Career Services, and local interns receive free on-campus housing! Past interns have worked at the following arts organizations: A.R.T., Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Casting, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Handel & Haydn Society, Harvard Forest’s Fisher Museum, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Wyoming, Boston Baroque, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theater.

Opportunities are posted in Crimson Careers during the months of September and October.