Frequently Asked Questions

How many reference letters are required with my application?

Unless listed on the job description, reference letters are not required. You may submit this at the time of application to bolster your candidacy, if you wish. References are typically conducted at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

What is the selection criteria for the program?

  • Student workers are selected through one of Harvard’s community-based partnerships (Boston Private Industry Council, City of Cambridge)
  • Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age (the student must meet this age requirement by July 1)
  • Students must be able to commit to a work schedule (i.e. up to 40 hours/5 days a week)
  • Students must have appropriate waivers (working authorization and health screening approvals) prior to working for Harvard.
  • Hiring managers must be authorized by their local department at...
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How do we keep track of a student worker's hours?

Your student should enter hours each week in PeopleSoft for your review and approval. You should make it clear to your student to only work hours that you have approved in advance. It is important that hours are entered and approved weekly to ensure that the student worker is paid on time.

Who does the hiring paperwork for my student?

Managers should coordinate with their local HR to make sure all required hiring paperwork is completed before the student's first day of work. This will ensure that all legal documents are received and processed.

Does my student need a work permit?

Yes. If your student is under age 18, he/she must bring a work permit from the school system authorizing him/her to work. Even students who have graduated from high school who are under age 18 will need to supply the work permit. The work permit should be submitted and maintained with all other hiring paperwork.

How much does it cost to apply and how do I pay?

Once you have completed the online application, you will receive an email confirming your application and requesting that you mail your application fee. At this time, application fees must be paid by check, money order or wire transfer.

Application fees are as follows:

  • To apply to one center please send a check for $30.
  • To apply to two centers please send a check for $50.
  • To apply to three centers please send...
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