SEAS WinterSession 2018

A listing of enrichment courses and events during the Winter Session and throughout January at SEAS. During January, SEAS will be alive with professional development opportunities and just plain fun. We will host activities to advance your skills, explore career opportunities, and relax and learn with your classmates and colleagues.

Courses and Events are listed under the following categories:

Design Thinking and Skills Building - forthcoming 

ComputeFest 2018 

Organized by the Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, ComputeFest is an annual two-week program of knowledge- and skill-building activities in computational science and engineering.


Career Development Opportunities

Whether you are planning to be in Cambridge or elsewhere, WinterSession provides many opportunities to further your career.

First, there are several workshops (e.g., writing a resume) in January at the university-wide Office of Career Services.  Check out the January portion of their calendar, and take advantage of these.

A winter break externship is a terrific opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the career field of your choice. A two to three week externship is a great opportunity to learn about career options in a particular industry. In addition, it might help build your resume and professional skills, enable networking, and expand your knowledge in a meaningful way. Depending on the placement, interns may shadow managers, contribute to special projects or research, and/or participate in the day-to-day operations of a workplace.  Some of these are unpaid (e.g., one- or two-day shadowing) and a few paid (multiple-week project work).

Some SEAS January winternships/externships will be listed on the university-wide OCS Crimson Careers site, so your first step should be to login and visit the OCS jobs posting site.  We also encourage you to contact the SEAS Career Development Office.  Many opportunities are set up more informally, as companies may not know until very late if they have projects to support students.  In addition, if you are spending your January term in another city (such as your home town), we want to connect you with local alumni and companies.  

For these and other career development activities, contact Dr. Keith Karasek, Director of Experiential and Career Development, in Pierce 223.

Educational and Career Focused Trips (2018)

(1) Collaborative Field Course in Peru in partnership with UTEC

Trip Dates: January 7 - January 20, 2018

Information session: Thursday October 5 2017 4:00PM  Pierce Hall 213

Application Deadline:  October 27  

Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/y4StkO3MCQ5sVRRM2

Students will spend two weeks in Peru in 2018 January 7-20 learning about the environmental and social impact of illegal mining in the Amazon, and how this can escalate into an issue that has global reach. Working together with student counterparts at the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), Harvard students under the guidance of Harvard SEAS professor Joost Vlassak and UTEC professor Carlos Rios, will travel to the Amazon Basin to observe, learn, collect samples and design solutions to address and mitigate impact. The program will begin in Lima (Perú’s capital), where students will be given lectures at UTEC to better understand the social, environmental, and economic impact of informal gold mining in the region of Madre de Dios (the Amazon Basin), and tools to design solutions.  These initial activities will be complemented with a five-day field trip to the Amazon rainforest to evaluate the impact of gold mining in the region, and speak with local experts (researchers, NGOs, etc).  Samples collected during this trip will be brought back to UTEC (in Lima) for analysis during which time, students will also present possible solutions. Become a part of the solution to some of the most pressing global environmental issues at the intersection of engineering, business and policy.

Questions? Contact Julia Lee 

Harvard College Winter Session Resources

Harvard College WinterSession website

Harvard College will be closed for Winter Recess on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5 PM - Friday, January 12, 2018, 9 AM.. During this time only those students with a recognized and pre-approved need to be on campus will be permitted to remain in or return early to College housing. Student identification cards will be deactivated during this period.

Due to reduced residential staff and dining facilities during the Winter Recess, the number of students that the College can accommodate before January 12th is limited.

Please note that all students will be permitted, but not required, to return to campus beginning on Friday January 12, 2018. The first day of spring semester classes is Monday, January 22, 2018.

Visit here for more information about winter recess housing.  Emailwinterhousing@fas.harvard.edu for all winter recess housing related inquiries




For any questions on programming during Winter Session at SEAS, please contact: Rachel DeLucas