Harvard College encourages undergraduates to take time during the Winter Break to refresh and recharge. OCS does offer 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 job shadow Winternship or Arts & Museums Fellowship.
  • Joining OCS for a career exploration site visit or trek.
  • OCS is just one of the many centers and departments at Harvard that offer Winter break programming and funding. For more details, please read this PDF.


Shadow an alum or employer over Winter Break!

Participate in the January Winternship Program, coordinated by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Office of Career Services.

A Winternship is essentially an externship, an unpaid domestic job-shadowing experience lasting anywhere from one to 15 days during the January winter break (January 2-20). Winternships allow students to observe and ask questions, provide participants with hands-on experience, educate students about an organization or industry, and facilitate networking and building relationships.

Here are examples of activities you may engage in during a Winternship:

  • 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

Though most Winternships are individual experiences, group Winternships are full day visits structured and organized by an alum or employer featuring job shadow opportunities, hands on activities, and in-depth experiences for small groups of Harvard students. Students may apply for Winternship funding for group Winternship experiences.

Search for a January Winternship

Winternships are posted on Crimson Careers, and may be independently created by an employer or in conjunction with a Harvard affiliate (e.g. OCS, CPIC, Harvard Alumni Association). You must be an undergraduate in Harvard College to be eligible to apply.

Log in to Crimson Careers and select “January Winternship / Experience” as the position type to search all postings.

  • Winternships created in partnership with a Harvard affiliate can be found quickly using this link.
  • You must attend a Winternship 101 orientation at OCS on September 30th, October 3rd or 13th or view it ONLINE to be eligible to apply and receive funding for a Winternship. 
  • If you need funding, please fill out an OCS Funding Application for Winternship Opportunities through CARAT once you have secured your winternship position. Please note that you will need to submit the following Winternship Opportunities Application Form as part of your complete CARAT application. Submit the required materials as soon as possible but no later than the DEADLINE – Monday, December 5, 2016, 11pm.

  • Funding Exception: The Office of Career Services, unfortunately, is unable to provide stipends for any political campaign volunteer experiences during Wintersession.

Note that only U.S.-based Winternships will be posted, and students will be responsible for their own travel and housing. The Office of Career Services can provide some funding to cover the domestic-only travel costs for students with financial need.

Site Visits

Sites visits are an OCS designed and escorted half or full day visit to an employer within the Boston metro area during Wintersession, allowing students to learn more about what it's like to work in a particular sector. Participants will hear from Harvard alumni and other employees, ask questions about career pathways, and see the physical space and working culture up close. Visits are open to all FAS students and explore a variety of industries and organizations through a partnership between the Office of Career Services (OCS) and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Space at each organization is limited. OCS will provide students with transportation (typically in the form of MBTA passes) to travel to and from all site visits. A $15 reservation fee is required at the time of registration to participate in a site visit. Students who do not arrive for the visit or cancel within one week of the visit will be charged the $15 fee. 

Site visits are open to all FAS students. Register through Crimson Careers (in "Events > Career Fairs & Expos").


MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Technology, Humanitarian, Engineering
(open to Harvard College and GSAS students)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017; 10:00am-1:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
244 Wood St, Lexington, MA 02420

MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been in existence for 65 years and employs some of the nation’s best technical talent to support system and technology development for national security needs. The Laboratory conducts research and development pertinent to national security on behalf of the military services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the intelligence community, and other government agencies. Projects undertaken by Lincoln Laboratory focus on the development and prototyping of new technologies and capabilities to meet government needs. A strong emphasis is placed on the transition of systems and technology to the private sector. The Laboratory is designated a Department of Defense (DoD) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and a DoD Research and Development Laboratory. OCS invites you to join this visit to learn more about the Laboratory’s work in 10 mission areas and opportunities for students. You’ll learn about representative projects and the Laboratory’s recent work in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief as well as tour through many of the Laboratory’s areas.

Note: Non-US Citizens will be asked by MIT Lincoln Labs to provide first and last name, passport number, and country of citizenship which is required by MIT Lincoln Labs for a pre-visit security check.

Arnold Worldwide

Advertising, Brand Management, Marketing
(open to Harvard College undergraduates)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017; 12:00-2:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
Meet at OCS and travel together by T to 10 Summer Street, Boston

Interested in Advertising and Marketing? Did you know that last year internet ad revenue was a 60 billion dollar business and mobile ads grew by 66%?  Join OCS advisers to learn about these fast-growing job and internship areas along with work in print and TV at Arnold Worldwide, a global creative agency. Meet representatives from the client and creative teams, experience the culture and work environment, and learn about what opportunities may exist for you.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Medicine, Global Health, Research; Premed & Pre-health
(open to Harvard College undergraduates)
Thursday, January 19, 2017; 8:00am-12:30pm
55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) employs over 25,000 people and has a research budget of over $800 million. Thousands of Harvard College students and alumni have had volunteer experiences, summer jobs, and post-graduate jobs at the MGH.  The MGH is the largest of the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals with over a thousand beds. It is the oldest and largest hospital in New England and has the largest hospital-based research program in the world. OCS invites you to come get a glimpse of this hospital and its opportunities. We will attend medical grand rounds, meet representatives from the volunteer and research departments, learn about global health initiatives, take a tour of the Ether Dome, and visit the Paul Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation. Please join us for this fast-paced and informative visit.

The Bridgespan Group

Nonprofits, Philanthropy, Social Impact
(open to Harvard College undergraduates)
Thursday, January 19, 2017; 11:00am-12:30pm (Lunch will be provided)
2 Copley Pl #3700b, Boston, MA 02116

Want to learn more about nonprofit consulting? Come visit The Bridgespan Group and learn 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. OCS will provide lunch and 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.


Production, Broadcasting, Media
(open to Harvard College and GSAS students)
Friday, January 20, 2017; 9:00am-1:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
1 Guest St, Boston, MA 02135

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 to learn about how they produce their wonderful programming; view their studios; hear from alumni who work in media, marketing, production, and journalism; and find out about internship and full-time opportunities.

Google Cambridge

Technology, Design, Engineering
(open to Harvard College and GSAS students)
Friday, January 20, 2017; 2:00-4:00pm
355 Main Street, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142

At Google Cambridge, they think BIG! The Cambridge office is a hub for both engineering and sales, located in a hotspot for startups and bright minds. Google Cambridge contributes to such high-visibility products as Search, YouTube, Chrome, Android, Image Search, Google Play for Education, and Newsstand. Google has also extended their creative reach into the community through programs like Citizen Schools, where Googlers engage in educational activities with local children. OCS invites you to get “Googley” and explore the wonderful and innovative world of Google Cambridge. If you are into design, engineering, computer science, and sales, this is a great exploratory experience for you.


Treks are OCS designed and escorted organization visits outside the Boston metro area requiring a full-day commitment and in some cases an overnight stay. Participants will hear from Harvard alumni and other employees, ask questions about career pathways, and see the physical space and working culture up close. These visits are open to all Harvard College students. Treks will typically be scheduled for the Friday before the week of Wintersession. Students are responsible for transportation to the trek location, and a stipend is available to offset student transportation costs from trek location back to campus.  

There is a $25 fee to hold your reservation for the trek. You will only be charged if you cancel your reservation within one week of the trek or if you are a no-show. To officially register for the trek, log into Crimson Careers and navigate to “Events > Career Fairs & Expos.” For questions about the trek, please contact Benny Belvin at


Media, Sports, and Brand Marketing Trek

Three organizations! One Trek!
New York, NY
Friday, January 13, 2017
(open to Harvard College undergraduates) Register through Crimson Careers (in "Events > Career Fairs & Expos").

National Basketball Association (NBA)
645 Fifth Avenue, Olympic Tower, New York, NY

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA (also known as the International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States.

Home Box Office (HBO)
77 W 66th Street (at Columbus Ave.), New York, NY

If you have heard of award-winning, critically acclaimed original television series such as True Blood, Game of Thrones, Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, then you know HBO! Home Box Office, Inc is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. and the world's most successful TV service, providing two-television services, HBO and Cinemax, to approximately 127 million subscribers worldwide.

350 Hudson St, New York, NY
1:00-3:00pm (Lunch will be provided)

PepsiCo is one of the world's leading food and beverage companies with over $63 billion in net revenue in 2015 and a global portfolio of diverse and beloved brands that includes Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, and Lay’s chips. Additionally, PepsiCo has a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes 22 brands that in 2015 each generated more than $1 billion in estimated annual retail sales.

Resume and Cover Letter 101 - WEBINAR
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
1 – 2pm

First impressions do count! Market yourself and gain an edge in today’s job market by learning how to write an effective resume and cover letter. From writing effective accomplishment statements to deciding what to include and what to leave out, this workshop discusses, step-by-step, how to build and improve your resume and cover letters. Presented by Christiana Cough, Undergraduate Career Adviser. To participate, you'll need a computer with voice internet transmission capability (VoIP) or a computer and a phone. Gaining access to the webinar is a two-step process. First, pre-register by inputting your name and email. Once pre-registered, you will receive (within seconds) a confirmation email. Second, click on the link included in the confirmation email to join the webinar. Please join at least five minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

Get Help Planning Your Summer
Friday, January 20, 2017
11am – 12pm, @OCS (54 Dunster St.)

Study abroad, research, internships and more....Summer can include SO MUCH! Join us to get the facts on how to arrange a SUMMER study abroad or undergraduate research opportunities, where to look for internships, how to meet employers, and why funding might play a part in your next summer experience. Let our experienced staff tell you more.

This OCS program places Fellows in arts organizations and museums for a 3-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 Fellows receive a stipend through the Office of Career Services, and local Fellows receive free on-campus housing! Past Fellows 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.