Host a Student Over Winter Break


Be a part of the January Winternship Program.

A Winternship is essentially an externship, an unpaid job-shadowing experience in your workplace, lasting anywhere from one to 15 days during the January winter break (January 2-19). Winternships allow students to observe and ask questions, provide participants with hands-on experience, educate students about your organization or industry, and build relationships. An important part of a January Winternship is your willingness to share your career pathway with current Harvard students. View a sample of previous January experiences (pdf).

Create your January Winternship.

Here are examples of activities you may want to include:

  • Shadowing you on a typical workday
  • Attending workplace meetings
  • Conducting informational interviews with colleagues
  • Undertaking a voluntary small project or relevant research assignment
  • Serving alongside you in volunteer work
  • Discussing industry trends and your organization's mission
  • Participating in an educational tour conducted by your office

Propose a January Winternship

Proposals will be reviewed to gauge student interest and potential learning outcomes, and we will notify you in October if your proposal is selected to be in the program. 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 will provide some funding available to cover the travel costs for students with financial need. We thank you for your interest in helping Harvard students explore the world of work.

The Winternship proposal period for January 2018 has passed. Please visit this page in September 2018 if you would like to submit a proposal to host a student for January 2019.

Organizations who remain interested in hosting a student this January for an internship or externship experience outside of our program may still list a posting in our system. Please create a (or log into your) Crimson Careers account, click on “post a job,” select "January Experience / Externship" as the Position Type on the posting form, and submit the details of the experience you are offering.