SEAS and Industry
SEAS interacts with industry in a number of ways. Here we address mechanisms that industries use to interact with and recruit our students. If you have come to this page with other interests in mind (e.g., finding professors with whom to collaborate or licensing technology), please email or phone me, and I will put you in contact with the right person.
Common Methods of Recruiting Students
If you want students to know about positions that your company has available, the first thing to do is post the position on Crimson Careers (CC), the jobs database maintained by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of Career Services (OCS). There is a small ($30) charge with some exceptions (e.g., alumni). But this is the first place that students look. It also will get to students across the campus - all undergraduates and all students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. So, even if you want students to submit resumes to your website, listing on Crimson Careers will ensure that the most students see your posting.
Many of the SEAS clubs also maintain mailing lists, so interaction with clubs (see below) may get your listing posted again. There is one special case for computer science jobs. The Harvard Computer Society (HCS), one of the 4 or 5 computer clubs on campus, maintains a job-posting site. This is not as widely read as CC, but it is particularly good for some jobs - e.g., postings for a startup in the initial stages or small projects - where posting on CC is not an option. Send HCS-Jobs mailing list submissions (text format - no attachments) to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Career fairs are probably the most efficient way for you to talk to a large cross section of studetns. OCS runs a number of Career Fairs throughout the year. If you'd like a recommendation as to which fair would be best for your company, either contact me or OCS. In addition, if your company is planning to attend the MIT Fall Career Fair on Friday, September 25, 2015, we will have a small mini career fair / mixer on Wednesday September 23 in the afternoon (12-4) in the lobby of Maxwell-Dworkin, one of our main buildings. This will be limited to about 10 companies and is aimed at those companies who do not otherwise participate in Harvard career programs. Contact me for more information.
Many companies would like to make presentations to students. In the past, companies were able to schedule classroom space for technically-oriented talks. As the number of students taking SEAS classes has grown - the number of concentrators has tripled in the last 7 years - it has become much harder to schedule such space. Hence, we ask that companies reserve space at one of the nearby hotels or the faculty club. It is also helpful if you let both OCS and me know about your presentation, as they we will both publicize it and will try to avoid scheduling conflicts with organizations that would be seeking the same students.
A common problem with such talks is drawing enough students. Hence, we also suggest that you be hosted by one of the SEAS clubs. (This doesn't avoid the space issue; you still should make the reservation at one of the near campus sites.) I would be happy to make introductions.
These are set up and run by OCS.
More Extensive Means of Connecting with Students
Involvement in Clubs
I have suggested above that if you are coming to campus to make a presentation, it would be helpful to associate with a club. But your involvement with clubs can go beyond that. Most clubs seek sponsorships, and those will get you more involved in club activities. If you have Harvard alumni in your organization, they may be able to provide mentorship. Several clubs are involved in design / construction projects, hackathons, conferences, etc. that could use support and guidance from experienced professionals.
Classes and Class Projects
Some professors are interested in having outside speakers in their classes. These are usually highly technical talks. Contact me if interested, and I will try to identify an appropriate class and professor. Many of our classes involve design or engineering projects. If you would be interested in providing project suggestions or in judging competitions at the end of the term, please contact me. If you participate in one of the classes, you should not disclose proprietary information. Any project suggestions should involve no IP. (Harvard differs from some schools in this respect.)
Company Tours or Job-Shaddowing Experiences
Between the end of the Fall Semester (early December) and the beginning of the Spring Semester (last week in January), many students spend time at home or traveling. Thus, regardless of your location, this period presents a wonderful opportunity for short job-shaddowing experiences. If you are interested in summer internships, this a good opportunity to meet students or even have a short-term paid internship as a prelude to their summer internship.
If you are located near Boston, we may be able to arrange a tour of your facility - possibly through a club.