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.

To learn more about planning a Winter Break experience and to identify resources at Harvard, see our orientation slides (pdf).

Intern or shadow an alum or employer in January!

Alumni and employers may offer internships (paid or unpaid) or job-shadowing experiences between January 2-24, 2020. 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. 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 2020 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.

Site Visit: Reebok

DATE: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
TIME: 9:30 – 11:30am (plus travel time from Harvard Square)
LOCATION: Boston, MA

REGISTRATION:
Please register to attend. (Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6)
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 GSAS students and Harvard Extension School degree candidates.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 25 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 HQ in the Boston Seaport and hear from professionals working in a variety of areas within the company. We’ll visit the 3D printing lab, Human Performance Engineering Lab, Quality Control Center, and learn about the cutting edge product creation developed here. This visit is ideal for engineering and technical concentrators but all students interested in consumer products, sports/fashion and similar fields are welcome. "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."

 

Site Visit: HqO

DATE: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

TIME: 1:00pm - 3:00pm (note—we will depart from Harvard Square around 12:30pm)

LOCATION: Boston, MA

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend. (Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6)
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: 10 Spots

TRAVEL: OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from the site visit.

DESCRIPTION: "Join us for a tour of HqO, located in Downtown Crossing, and learn how we are changing the way the commercial real estate industry thinks about tenant experience. Through the adoption of technology, we are helping the leading property owners and operators in the world engage the people who use their amenities daily. Our mission is to connect tenants to the places, experiences, and people that will enrich where they live, work, and play. You will spend time with our CEO, Chase Garbarino; Partner, Dan Koh; Tenant Engagement Specialist, Gillian Veesley; and Software Engineer, Anna Kassaraba. This experience is for all majors and backgrounds, especially those excited by the start-up environment, real estate industry, or technology development."

 

Site Visit: WGBH

DATE: Thursday, January 23, 2020
TIME: 10:30am-1:00pm 
(plus travel time from Harvard Square)
LOCATION: One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135
REGISTRATION: 
Please register to attend. (Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6)
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, GSAS, and Extension School degree students
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20 spots
TRAVEL: OCS will provide students with transportation to travel to and from the site visit.

DESCRIPTION: WGBH informs, inspires, and entertains millions of people throughout New England -- at home, at work, in the classroom, in movie theaters, and more. Boston's last remaining independent TV station, WGBH offers a range of productions (among them, Greater Boston, Basic Black, and La Plaza) that focus on the diverse local community. WGBH 89.7, Boston's NPR arts and culture station, offers a rich menu of classical, jazz, blues, spoken word, and more. WGBH is the leading producer of PBS prime-time programs (Nova, Masterpiece, Frontline, Curious George, Arthur, WGBHNews, The World, The Takeaway) and online content, a major producer for public radio, and a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible for people with disabilities. OCS invites you to trek to their Boston office for a tour, panel presentation of professionals who work in areas such as media, marketing, production, and journalism, and to learn about internship and full-time opportunities. Lunch will be provided!

 

Site Visit: Crossing the River: A Visit to Harvard Business School

DATE: Thursday, January 23, 2020
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30pm
LOCATION: Harvard Business School (plus travel time from Harvard Square)
REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 20)
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.

 

Site Visit: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program

DATE: Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME: 2:00-4:00pm (note- we will depart Harvard Square around 1:15pm)
LOCATION: Boston, MA

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend. (Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6)
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
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: The Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) is dedicated to providing access to quality healthcare for all homeless individuals and families in the greater Boston area. They accomplish this by combining medicine and public health and integrating community-based shelters and street clinics with Boston area hospitals. On this site visit we will tour the facility, learn about volunteer and post-graduate opportunities, as well as hear from a BHCHP physician. If you are interested in healthcare, medicine, public health, community health, or advocacy, this would be a great learning experience for you.

 

Site Visit: Harvard Law School

DATE: Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME: 2:00-5:30pm (Note: Students can walk to HLS as a group or meet directly at HLS. More information to follow.)
LOCATION: Harvard Law School, Room TBD

REGISTRATION: Please register to attend(Registration Deadline: Friday, December 6)
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College students
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 75 spots
DESCRIPTION: Harvard Law School (HLS) is excited to welcome undergraduates who are thinking about applying to law school for a special session. The afternoon will include an admissions and Q&A session, a mock law school class, a panel discussion with current HLS students, and a reception. This event is open to all Harvard College students. Registration required.

 

 

 


Navigating Summer Opportunities (Webinar)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00am

For Harvard College students only: Learn about Harvard’s many summer opportunities and where to look for your best chance of getting funding to pursue your summer plans. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND.

 

Finance Summer 2021 – Internships in Finance Q&A Session (Webinar)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 3:00-4:00pm
or
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm

For Harvard College students only: No, that is not a typo! We are already starting to hear from finance employers (particularly bulge bracket investment banks) who are interested in talking with students about Summer 2021 finance internships. If you are a Sophomore or First-Year and are considering a finance internship for Summer 2021, plan to attend one of these webinars to get your questions answered! OCS will present information about the finance recruiting landscape as it stands today and what this spring, summer, and September are expected to look like. We will then open it up for questions (which can be asked anonymously) from the audience and will provide guidance on how to prepare for the recruiting cycle. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND.

 

Resume and Cover Letter 101 (Webinar)

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00pm

For Harvard College students only: First impressions do count! Market yourself and gain an edge in today’s job market by learning, step-by-step, how to write an effective resume and cover letter--from writing effective accomplishment statements to deciding what to include and what to leave out. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND.

 


Summer Bootcamp: Explore How to Find and Fund Summer Opportunities

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 11:30am to 1:00pm
@OCS (54 Dunster St)

For Harvard College students only: 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. 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 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 TO ATTEND.

 

Stay tuned - more events coming soon.

 

 

 

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.