This year’s resident pre-career tutors are Jim and Angela. We come from a variety of backgrounds: education, technology, public service, and more! Some people automatically think of traditional business jobs (investment banking and consulting) when they think of “pre-career,” but you should know that those are only two career options among many, and we are excited to learn your specific interests as we work with you.
Below is a list of resources to kick-start your search for internships, jobs, and other professional opportunities. In addition to these resources, we host regular times to review your resume and cover letters or talk about our business school experiences. We can also help you prepare for interviews, decide between job offers, and use your network effectively.
Join OCS mailing lists here . This includes lists for summer opportunities, international experiences, graduate school, and many other career/ internship opportunities
Resume and Cover Letter
First, personalize your resume and cover letter for each position and industry for which you are applying. Then, reach out to OCS, peers, and tutors for reviews. We also review cover letters and resumes during our weekly career table .
To learn more about a particular industry or job, set up informational interviews with alumni and people within your network:
Crimson Compass : D irectory of alumni, by profession, who have agreed to give internship and career-related advice to current students
LinkedIn : Network for professionals. Create your profile, connect with your classmates/friends/colleagues, and then use these connections to set up informational interviews or search for employment opportunities.
Reach out to OCS, peers, and tutors for mock behavioral or case interviews.
Case: Please reach out to your pre-business tutors for more information
The Vault : Learn more about the company prior to your interview
Job Search: On-Campus Resources
There are many Harvard resources to help you find internships and jobs. They all have websites, and many of the centers also have professional counselors available to speak with you.
Office of Career Services (OCS) has a wealth of information and resources for US and international opportunities. If you have not reviewed it yet, familiarize yourself with all of their offerings and counselors.
Institute of Politics (IOP) Supports many students activities and is your first stop if you are interested in public-sector or policy opportunities.
HBS 2+2 Program for college seniors interested in doing an MBA after two (or more) years of work experience
GMAT: There are many ways to prepare for the GMAT based on your study habits. Consider the following to choose which is the best method for you:
MBA.com: Sign up here to schedule your GMAT test date and download two free cat exams
The Official Guide for GMAT Review : Review the questions in this book. Study and learn the common trends between questions to be successful. If needed, there is also is a verbal and quant supplement that you should study from too.
Practice Exams: Take as many practice computer-administered exams as possible in addition to the ones on MBA.com. Additional companies where you can download unofficial exams are Veritas, Manhattan GMAT, Kaplan, Princeton and 800score.
Prep Courses and Materials: There are many prep courses (e.g. Veritas, Manhattan GMAT, Kaplan, and Princeton). Most appropriate for those students who need outside structure to prepare (and can afford it). If would like to review material from the ground up, review the study guides from these sources too.
Entrepreneurship Competitions, Grants, and Fellowships
There are many competitions, grants, and fellowships available to students. Here are some good ones to look at first:
The Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence Program seeks to attract Black, Hispanic and Native American undergraduate students to careers at Goldman Sachs. Recipients in their Sophomore year will receive a $5,000 award, and Juniors $10,000, toward tuition and academic expenses. All scholarship recipients also receive an offer for a paid Goldman Sachs summer internship.