Employer coffee chats (or office hours) allow for employers and students to connect informally for 1:1 or small group conversations. We recommend scheduling 2-3 hours total. During this time period, students reserve a 15-30 minute timeslot to meet with your organization's representative(s). Conversations are informal and allow students to learn more about your organization, receive feedback on their resume, ask about your application process, and practice for interviews.
Scheduling Coffee Chats/Office Hours
All requests for coffee chats/office hours must be submitted via the event registration form and confirmed by the Employer Relations team. When your request has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email.
Fees: There is a $250 fee for promotion. Payment information is submitted as part of the event registration form. There is no promotional fee for nonprofit or government organizations.
SUMMER (May-August 2020): Coffee Chat Registration Form
FALL (September-December 2020): Coffee Chat Registration Form
Recommended Venues / Virtual Platforms
Virtual Locations / Platforms
Recognizing the continued health and safety risks close-proximity events pose, the Harvard FAS Office of Career Services has made the decision to transition all fall 2020 campus recruiting events, career fairs, and interviews to a virtual format.
Employers have reported success conducting coffee chats via virtual meeting platforms like Zoom, WebEx, and BlueJeans.
For an added cost of $100/ meeting link the Office of Career Services can provide a virtual meeting room for you to conduct coffee chat conversations.
Recommended Cafés in Harvard Square
Please note for fall 2020: Recognizing the continued health and safety risks close-proximity events pose, the Harvard FAS Office of Career Services has made the decision to transition all fall campus recruiting events, career fairs, and interviews to a virtual format.
For in-person coffee chats in Harvard Square, we recommend employers contact the café in advance to inquire about reserving space.
- Starbucks (1380 Massachusetts Ave) – 617.354.3726
- Peet's Coffee & Tea (100 Mt Auburn St) – 617.492.1844
- Capital One Café (24 John F. Kennedy St) – 617.299.2669
- Tatte (1288 Massachusetts Ave) – 617.441.4011
Smith Campus Center (1350 Massachusetts Ave)- no advance contact required
- Pavement Coffee House
- Blackbird Donuts
- see https://www.harvardsquare.com/restaurants for additional options
*Up to two small rooms in OCS space may be reserved for $250. An additional charge of $200/room will be applied if more rooms are required. A member of the Employer Relations Team will reach out to confirm the availability of OCS space.