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On-Campus Interview Program (OCI): Tips & Advice by Class

 

On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) Eligibility

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Seniors:

If you are looking to start a job the summer after graduation, the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) begins as soon as you return to campus your senior fall.  Employer Networking/Information Sessions begin on September 3, 2013 and full-time OCI job application deadlines begin on September 11 (see OCI Calendar).  OCS has the resources and the staff to help you prepare to be the best candidate you can be from beginning to end.


Juniors:

Some employers in the On-Campus Interview Program hire summer interns as part of their overall hiring effort.  These employers specifically target juniors and some sophomores, and these internship programs allow both the student and the employer to test drive a future full time employment relationship.  Students applying for these summer positions must meet high standards and should prepare accordingly.  In many cases, competition for summer internships is more intense than for full-time jobs, so it is essential that students use all resources available to them.  Some employers only manage their full time hires on-campus, even though summer internships are available, and ask that the students apply directly online.  

Employer Networking/Information Sessions geared specifically toward internship hiring begin in mid-October, but underclassmen are welcome to attend the events that begin on September 3, 2013. Application deadlines for OCI internship opportunities begin on January 8, which is while students are away from campus on winter break. Interviews for OCI internship opportunies will begin on January 23, which is during wintersession. Interested students should plan to return to campus for those interview dates (see OCI Calendar). 

As with full-time positions, OCI may not include the type of summer internship that every student is looking for.  The program is not meant to be the single source of all employment opportunities. 


Sophomores/Freshman:


Some employers are willing to look at sophomore and freshmen applications for their summer internship programs, but statistically very few are offered positions.  Sophomores and freshmen can access jobs and internships listed in OCI if they attend an orientation or pass the online tutorial and quiz.


STUDY ABROAD:


Students who study or work abroad are attractive candidates to employers.  Going to an international destination shows initiative, independence, curiosity, a willingness to explore and acclimate to a new culture and other valuable qualities.  Employers do not want to miss these candidates, but the logistics of being out of the country do create some obstacles and may require the students to do some extra leg work.

Going Abroad in the FALL?
(+) ALL Summer Internship and some Full-Time Interviews occur in the Spring.
(-) Many employers do their information sessions in the Fall and even some Summer Internship Networking Events are held as early as October.  You can still access the contacts in our database and contact them personally to let them know of your plans. 

Going Abroad in the SPRING?  
Many employers offer early application and interview options for their Summer Internships for students who go abroad during the spring semester.  In such cases, you must be registered with The Office of International Education (OIE) to receive information on the opportunities available. 

How to Register for OCI while Abroad.
See the Sign-Up web page for details.

TIPS for participating in OCI while Abroad:


GSAS Master's Students:

Master's candidates in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are able to search for and apply to many OCI jobs and internships.  However, master’s students should be aware that the OCI Program is primarily for entry-level hiring of undergraduates. Employers will indicate in their job description and requirements section whether or not they are willing to receive applications from Master's students. You will be able to view the employers who have indicated they are interested in Master's students' applications once you have registered for OCI.   

Some employers interested in master’s students may not be involved in the OCI program due to their distinct hiring timelines and needs. For a list of all employer events for GSAS students, please see the events in pink on the OCS GSAS Google Calendar. OCS offers numerous programs, workshops, and dedicated counselors to serve GSAS Master's students. To be successful in OCI and/or the job search, students should take advantage of the many resources available to them.


GSAS Phd Students:

PhD candidates in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are able to search for and apply to many OCI jobs and internships.  However, students should be aware that the OCI Program is primarily for entry-level hiring of undergraduates. Employers will indicate in their job description and requirements section whether or not they are willing to receive applications from PhD students. You will be able to view the employers who have indicated they are interested in PhD students' applications once you have registered for OCI

There are many employers and organizations interested in hiring PhD students that may not be involved in the OCI program due to their distinct timelines and hiring needs. These organizations, however, may still have a strong presence on campus. Often they will have targeted PhD information sessions, interviewing schedules and hiring timelines that differ from undergraduate recruiting.  In order to see the variety of employer events specifically for GSAS students please see the events in pink on the OCS GSAS Google Calendar.


Harvard Extension School Students:

Harvard Extension School students in degree programs will be eligible to use the Fall OCI Program. HES students must be in their final year of study, meet a 3.5 GPA requirement, and meet with HES Career Adviser Linda Spencer in order to participate. However, HES students should be aware that the OCI Program is primarily for the entry-level hiring of Harvard College undergraduates. Employers will indicate in their job description and requirements section whether or not they are willing to receive applications from HES students.

OCS offers numerous programs, workshops, and dedicated counselors to serve HES students in degree or certificate programs. To be successful in OCI and/or the job search, students should take advantage of the many resources available to them. See the HES Section of the OCS website for more details.


Alumni of Harvard College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS):

Alumni of Harvard College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may register for a Crimson Careers account here.

*An @POST email address is required for alumni to register on Crimson Careers.

Alumni of Harvard College and GSAS are also eligible for the On-Campus Interview Program, although the program is primarily geared towards current students and entry-level hiring.  It is advised that you use Crimson Careers to access the contact information for companies that are coming on campus this year.  You are welcome to participate in OCI *IF* you are a recent graduate (less than 5 years) *AND* you can come to Cambridge for interviews, but it is recommended that you CONTACT THE EMPLOYERS FIRST to ensure that they want you included in the general undergraduate resume pool.

Alumni/ae Registration for Crimson Careers and OCI:

  1. Register now for a Crimson Careers account to view current job openings and employer contacts.
  2. Edit your profile in Crimson Careers to indicate your alumnus/a status.
  3. Harvard College or GSAS alumni/ae only may participate in the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI).  Please send an email with the subject line “OCI Alumni Request” and the information charted below to register.
  4. (Optional) Watch the Online Tutorial to familarize yourself with the Crimson Careers system.
To request Alumni OCI access in Crimson Careers,
Send an email with the following information to
ocsrec [at] fas.harvard.edu
Info Example
Name: Joe Smith
Birth Date (as 6 digits): 021484
Harvard ID# (first 8 digits only): 51123478
Year of Graduation (4 digits): 2006
Phone Number: 555-555-1212
Email address: joesmith@post.harvard.edu
House Affiliation: Dunster
Concentration: Anthropology



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