Office of Career Services

Mon.–Fri., 9 am–5 pm
54 Dunster Street, 617-495-2595
www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu

The Office of Career Services (OCS) serves students and recent graduates of Harvard College at all stages of their career exploration and planning. OCS encourages students to take advantage of its extensive range of programs and resources beginning with their first year at Harvard. In addition to assisting with career decisions, OCS can help students learn about internships, summer jobs, work abroad, graduate and professional study, and fellowship competitions.

Career Programs

OCS conducts meetings and workshops throughout the year to introduce students to the career exploration process and to provide information on specific career fields, such as global health, education, media entertainment, science, engineering, government, international development, creative arts, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and companies, and energy and the environment. OCS also offers resume and interview workshops and interview practice.

A Career Forum offered in the fall provides an opportunity for students to discuss summer and career opportunities with employers representing a number of fields. The On-Campus Recruiting Program brings employers to Harvard to interview students for post-graduate and summer opportunities. A Summer Opportunities Fair is held in December and presents a variety of work, study, research, and public service summer opportunities. The Study Abroad and International Experience Fair (OCS and OIP) and the Crimson Journalism Fair (OCS and The Crimson) are two more OCS co-sponsored career fair opportunities in the fall.

Advising

OCS career advisors are available during drop-in hours, 1:00-4:00pm Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Advisors can help students identify their skills and interests and incorporate this knowledge into their plans for the summer or after college.

OCS Library

The OCS Library on the first floor contains information in both print and electronic formats on topics ranging from summer jobs and internships to graduate and professional schools, fellowships, career fields, and employers.

 The first floor of OCS is accessible to students with mobility impairments via the entrance at 52 Dunster Street. Short-term loans of library materials or other accommodations can be arranged for students with other disabilities.

OCS Website and Listservs

Students can subscribe to class year listservs and access the OCS Google Calendars, On-Campus Recruiting Program information, job and internship listings, and other career-related material by visiting the OCS home page at www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu.

Fellowships Office

617-495-8126

The Fellowships Office at OCS administers nearly all fellowship competitions for the College that require institutional nomination (such as the Churchill, Cooke, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, and Udall), as well as the majority of Harvard-based competitions. The Fellowships Office maintains current information on all of these and other competitions, as well as on general issues of grantsmanship, and it publishes an annual calendar of competitions and other useful information on its Website. Students interested in fellowships for study, travel, work, or other projects are encouraged to consult these resources and to call or drop by with questions of any sort. Individual advising appointments are also available.

Premedical Advising Office

617-495-2595

The Premedical and Health Professions advisors at OCS provide advising and resources for students considering careers in medicine and other health related fields. Information on research and clinical internship opportunities, application timelines, links to relevant and annotated health related sites, and more are available on the OCS Health Medical Careers Website. The advisors hold daily walk in hours as well as provide workshops throughout the year on such topics as How to Write your Personal Statement, Financing your Medical Education, Global Health Internships. The booklet Premedical Information for Harvard Students, Courses & Resources provides an overview of courses required for admission to U.S. medical schools and serves as a planning guide to help students integrate this coursework into their academic plan at Harvard.