Harvard University runs various internship programs for its students. When applying for and selecting an internship at Harvard University, think about the following pointers:
- Do you want to develop new skills?
- Enhance your professional connections?
- Apply theories and knowledge you learn outside of the classrooms?
- Are you looking to diversify your knowledge and skills, test out new areas of interest, or gain more experience in an area you are familiar with?
- Are you looking for an internship more likely to lead directly to a job after graduation?
Some other considerations
- Organisation and structure – Consider the size of the organisation, its mission, expertise, and the population they serve
- Compensation – Paid or unpaid internships?
- Location – Do you have location preferences?
- Career Industry or Function – Do you want to explore new roles within an industry or a similar role in a new industry?
- Timing/Deadlines – Many summer internship postings are in early November to late February. Stay ahead of strict deadlines.
The students can explore the internship opportunities at Harvard with options like the CareerConnect platform, through Career Fairs and Expos as sponsored by the university office and other Harvard schools, Career Treks, or by networking with Alumni, and others.
Many internships are not posted, and opportunities surface through informational interviews and outreach. Students can connect with alumni, faculty, recruiters, and professionals who work in their area(s) of interest.
Below are a few of the places where the Harvard students’ have completed internships:
- Boston Public Health Commission
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Humana, Inc.
- JSI Research & Training Institute
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Prevention Research Centre
- Brigham & Women’s Hospital
- World Health Organisation
- UnitedHealth Group
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Beacon Health Options
- Health Policy Commission
- Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
- Kaiser Permanente
- United Nations Population Fund
- Rand Corporation
- World Bank Group
- Clinton Health Access Initiative
- RTI International
These internships provide hands-on experience to students and are beneficial for them to learn new things practically and from the world’s most renowned researchers and faculties.