January @OCS

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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.

Winterbreak can also be a nice time to plan ahead for your summer or post-grad job search.

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 3-21, 2022. 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. the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship).

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 2022 experiences. If the opportunity is not remote, students will be responsible for their own travel and housing expenses.


January 19-21, 2022

Join your classmates on a 90-minute virtual visit to an organization where you will have the opportunity to network with alumni and professionals, learn about an organization's culture and mission, explore various roles and functions, and learn about internships and jobs in the sector. Site visits are open to all current Harvard College students.

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International Office for Migration (IOM) Virtual Site Visit

Wednesday, January 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET


Join this virtual visit to the IOM (International Office for Migration) where you will have the opportunity to learn about its activities – particularly how they develop and endorse projects to address emergency situations, provide migration health support services to IOM donor countries on health informatics and knowledge management in order to facilitate monitoring, standardization and increase efficiency and quality of migration health programmes worldwide.


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TikTok Virtual Site Visit

Wednesday, January 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET


Join us for a virtual site visit to TikTok and learn more about one of the world's fastest growing tech companies! Nani Redford '19, Sales Coordinator for Luxury and Fashion at TikTok will lead the conversation. She will be joined by other alumni representing a variety of different roles and functions. There will also be time to ask questions about internship and full-time opportunities.

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Harvard Business School PEEK Program

Wednesday, January 19 – Friday, January 21 (three days)

PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND by Jan. 09, 2022 at 11:59pm 

This three-day virtual program is intended for current undergraduate students who are interested in getting a peek into the MBA experience and to learn more about the value of an MBA for their personal and professional development. The program will include an opportunity to try out the HBS case method of study, join a leadership development discussion, gain an understanding of the career flexibility and optionality that the MBA degree provides, and connect with current students to learn about the HBS community and student experience. See tentative schedule – students will have the option to sign up for events that fit their schedule over the three days and are not required to attend all sessions. Please note that this is event is open to undergraduates from other colleges.

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Partners In Health Virtual Site Visit

Thursday, January 20, 12:30 – 2:15pm ET


Partners In Health (PIH) is a Boston-based nonprofit health care organization founded by Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Thomas J. White, Todd McCormack, and Jim Yong Kim. Their mission is to “provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.”

Please join this site visit to learn about PIH and opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates. You will have the opportunity to connect with recent alumni who work at PIH and learn more about different departments and types of work available within PIH including clinical, education, policy/advocacy, and outreach/communication & fundraising.

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The Legal Aid Society Virtual Site Visit

Thursday, January 20, 3:00 – 4:30pm ET


Join us for a virtual visit with The Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal services organization based in NYC. This visit will include a welcome from the organization, a career panel program featuring staff from different practice areas and departments, and a discussion about ways students can get involved in the organization.

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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Virtual Site Visit

Friday, January 21, 1:00 – 3:00pm ET


Interested in public health? Considering an MPH in the future, or are you curious about what degree programs are available? Join a virtual site visit to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH)! Experience public health graduate studies through a mock class with an HSPH faculty member. Learn about degree programs from the HSPH Admissions Department and hear from a panel of current HSPH students about their educational pathways. Hosted by: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Admissions Department, Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), Harvard Office of Career Services, and HGHI Student Advisory Committee.


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 3-21, 2022. Deadline and list of opportunities will be available in September 2021. Full-time interns receive a $750 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.

See the current list of January Arts & Museums Internships:

link to featured jobs and internships




Flash Mentoring Month


Hundreds of Harvard alumni representing a variety of fields and professions have signed up on the Firsthand Advisers platform to connect with you. January is a great time to get advice on different career pathways, strengthen your informational interviewing skills, and expand your network.

What it is:  

A platform that connects you with Harvard alumni from around the world for a:

  • Career conversation,
  • Resume review, or
  • Mock interview.

What to do:

Search alumni profiles and sign up for informal conversations with alumni that interest you.

How to do it:

Go to the Firsthand platform, click the “Get Advice” button, and set up a password. Then use the platform to search, message, and schedule a meeting time with an alum.

What to say:

Check out the OCS tips and questions to prepare and to get the most out of your “Flash Mentoring” discussion. Questions might include:

  • What was your first job after you left Harvard?
  • How did you spend your summers while you were an undergraduate?
  • What skills did you learn at Harvard that have helped you throughout your career?
  • What are your favorite parts of your job? What do you find most challenging?
  • What changes have you seen in your industry given the COVID pandemic?
  • Based on my skills, education, and experience, what other career paths do you suggest I explore?
  • Who else would you recommend I speak with?

Explore options, get connected, and jump start your career during Flash Mentoring Month!


Entrepreneurship in Creative Careers

Sponsored by the Office for the Arts & the Office of Career Services

Virtual Program: First session January 18, with 4 sessions and a 1-on-1 consultation during the spring semester.

For Harvard College students.

Are you an entrepreneurial student looking for a dynamic skill set and tool box to market yourself successfully as a creative leader or to launch a project?

Apply to participate in a program led by Jim Augustine ’01, COO of Zuckerberg Media, and Resident Artist at the OFA First-Year Arts Program. Jim is a media entrepreneur whose career has spanned theater, film, publishing, technology and business consulting. Watch the video from Jim to learn more!

Workshops with Jim, sessions with keynote artists, lunch with Harvard faculty/staff and time for project work will guide you in ideating a creative project and developing it into an active plan with a defined trajectory.

You will learn about:

  • fundraising, grant writing and budgeting
  • networking and getting your “foot in the door”
  • pitching content and ideas to industry reps
  • building your resume, website and social media presence
  • understanding management, representation, and protection of IP
  • finding mentors and advocates
  • gaining access to equipment, space, tangible needs, trainings and technology
  • implementing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging as a foundation to anti-racism and accessibility

Leave empowered to make creative visions a reality on your unique path to success!

Although the initial application deadline has passed, late applications may still be accepted. Email Amy DiGiovine for more information.