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.


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.

This page will be updated in October with information about January 2019 site visits.





"Explore" Summer Opportunities Wintersession Bootcamp
Date and Time TBA

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.

Registration will open in October 2018


“Explore” Next Steps Beyond Harvard, Using Design Thinking
Friday January 25, 2019

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.

Registration will open in October 2018


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.