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 Winter Break 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.

Winterbreak can also be a nice time to plan ahead for your summer or post-grad job search. Here are some ideas from Vault for Winterbreak Career Prep.

Intern or shadow an alum or employer in January!

Alumni and employers may offer internships (paid or unpaid) or job-shadowing experiences between January 4-22, 2021. 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 (many can be done remotely):

  • 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 Winter Break Experience

Students are encouraged to create an independent job shadow experience by connecting with alumni directly. Winter Break 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 “Winter Break Experience” as the position type to search all postings.

  • Note that Winter Break Experiences are typically posted from September through November.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid. Job shadowing experiences are typically unpaid.
  • Note that OCS is unable to provide funding for January 2021 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. Note that we will plan to offer “virtual” visits during January 2021.



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Are you looking to build skills and experience at an arts organization? Interested in a transformative, project-based three week experience? Apply for an OCS ARTS & MUSEUMS JANUARY VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP!

Internship opportunities are available at ten cultural organizations and will take place from January 4-22, 2021. See the list of current opportunities with details and application instructions. Deadline is October 20, 2020. Full-time interns receive a $500 stipend.

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. 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. Note that we are planning to offer a “remote” version of this program in January 2021.




Arts & Museums January Internships Showcase


Please join us to learn from the students and their mentors about their experiences.