There are many ways to find a part-time job. The Harvard Student Employment Office hosts a jobs database to connect employers with Harvard students. Only current undergraduates, graduate students, and enrolled Division of Continuing Education students are able to access the database. Jobs range from routine roles like office help, research, and tutoring to temp roles like snow shoveling.
Students can also find part-time employment on their own. Two resources they can leverage include the Faculty Aide Program and the Federal Work Study Program:
- Faculty Aide Program: This program can subsidize salaries for students who are interested in getting started in research by working with a faculty member with a pre-existing project.
- Federal Work Study Program: Depending on student financial eligibilty, employers would receive subsidies to help pay student wages, enabling these students to be attractive candidates particuarly for non-profit employers on campus and in the Boston area.
Don't know where to start? Here are direct links to some of the bigger employers or resources for you to begin a job search. Note that many of these employers use our Jobs Database to post their open positions!
Offices and Departments
Radcliffe Research Partnerships are a unique opportunity for Harvard undergraduate students to gain experience in research and be mentored by leading artists, scholars, scientists and professionals, who are Fellows for the year at the Radcliffe Institute. Research Partners typically work between 5-10 hours a week on a specific project, providing research assistance whilst being mentored. More information on the program can be found on their website – along with testimonials from previous Research Partners.
The Office of Career Services (OCS) supports all students and alumni of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in exploring and making effective career choices.
Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) serves 13 undergraduate dining halls, a kosher kitchen, 14 campus restaurants, Crimson Catering, and Crimson Cash.
Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall needs students to work as ushers at concerts/events. Shifts are primarily in the evening hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are generally 4-5 hours long. You choose which shifts you want to work. Best part of the job is that you can potentially see a concert and also get paid.
Harvard Aquatics We are always looking for professional, customer service-oriented individuals with a flair for bringing energy and enthusiasm to any project.
Harvard Dean of Students Office Each year, we work with over 60 interns and student leaders to give you the opportunity to become more involved with the campus community while growing professionally.
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Undergraduate Fellowships at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Sophomores and juniors pursuing research and writing with an ethics dimension, and who wish to develop talents essential to tackling critical moral issues in public life, are invited to apply on the Ethics Center website.
FAS Registrar Office The FAS Registrar’s Office provides a variety of services to faculty, students, and staff.
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) Be a leader in the community by helpfing fellow students while solidifying your own knowledge.
The College Library System has many jobs available in shelving, cataloging, checking books, processing book orders, etc. in the various libraries. These jobs require training and a full semester commitment. Work-Study is preferred.
Peer Advising Fellow The Advising Programs Office hires PAFs to help first-years make the most of Harvard.
The Language Resource Center needs students to direct other students to audio, video, and computer materials required for course work, to help people with computers and equipment, and other varied maintenance duties.
Media & Technology Services at the Science Center provides media services to professors, student groups, and other events. There are jobs every semester for Camera Operators, Night-time Media Aides, & Black-board Washers.
Harvard College Women's Center Designed as a space for community building, the Harvard College Women's Center creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae to explore women's and gender issues, forge connections, and promote mutual understanding around women’s advancement. The Women’s Center provides community-enriching activities through conferences, workshops, mentorship, student organization grants, and networking events.
Student Run Organizations
Harvard Student Agencies is the largest student-run corporation in the world. HSA provides dry cleaning, rentals, apparel, and more to the Harvard community.
PBHA (Phillips Brooks House Association) is a student-run, staff supported public service/social action organization at Harvard College providing a variety of services to the Greater Boston community.
The Harvard Crimson The Harvard Crimson is the only breakfast-table daily newspaper in Cambridge, Mass.
The Harvard Watch Portal is a service exclusively for Harvard students, faculty, staff , and their eligible household members. The portal allows members of the Harvard community to offer and procure a range of services. Households seeking help can post jobs and find students with specific skills while Harvard students seeking jobs can post a resume and browse jobs by type.
The Harvard Public Service Network (PSN) was developed to raise the level of discourse on campus about undergraduate public service, and to improve the quality and amount of services available to all students and student-led public service groups.
The Office for Sustainability Hires 12 undergraduate students each academic year to facilitate the Resource Efficiency Program in each of the Houses at Harvard College.
Quorilla An EdTech teaching platform, designed and run by Ivy League Students.
Harvard Radio Broadcast (HRB) Hires 5-8 undergraduate students each year.
Harvard Women in Tech + Allies Harvard Women in Technology + Allies (HarvardWIT+, ca. 2013) is a staff-led, University-wide, volunteer organization that aims to develop an IT community at Harvard that is committed to increasing representation, retention, and advancement of marginalized genders.
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative The HHI is a University-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership supported by Harvard University's Office of the Provost.
The Harvard Undergraduate Capital Partners (CAP) Innovation Fund aims to support early-stage entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds by providing them with equity-free grants worth up to $5K. Check out the Harvard CAP website for more details.
The Harvard Global Health Institute's student ambassadors have put together a resource guide with information about classes, student groups, intenrships, research opportunities, funding, and more for students interested in global/public health.
Harvard Teacher Fellows The Harvard Teacher Fellows provides an innovative pathway into teaching for Harvard College seniors and alumni committed to making a positive impact in high-need urban schools.
Harvard Undergraduate Venture Capital Group hosts pitch events in order to bring together Venture Capital Firms, startups, and students interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital.
President's Innovation Challenge An annual competition hosted by the Harvard Innovation Labs, with a chance to win funding.The Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Funawards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard’s capacity to advance a culture of belonging.
The Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund awards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard’s capacity to advance a culture of belonging.
Harvard Summer School Undergraduate and graduate students from all across Harvard may apply for summer positions in Harvard Summer School.
Undergraduate Research Village and Summer Residential Research Programs Visit the URAF website for program deadlines, application strategy sessions, drop-in hours with advisors, and other resources for students looking to conduct research in Summer. URAF has offerings for students of every discipline looking to conduct research.
Harvard China Student Internship Program (HCSIP) As an HCSIP intern, you will be partnered with renowned Chinese corporations, non-profit organizations, and multinational companies.
Virtual Summer Urban Program Interested in leadership experience, mentoring teens and peers, and working in public service? Apply to be a Senior Counselor in the Virtual Summer Urban Program. Hired Senior Counselors receive $4,700 compensation, professional development training and unparalleled leadership opportunities.
Public Service Summer Fellowships The Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship is the hub and department that provides support for all public service efforts at Harvard College.