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Student Blogger Post Top Ten: AMP Expo


Coming to the AMP Expo? Here’s a list of the top ten advertising, marketing, and public relations organizations our student blogger is excited to see. Who’s on your list?

GSN Games
What it is: The digital division of Game Show Network, GSN Games is best known for releasing GSN Casino, a Facebook gaming app as well as a mobile app.
Fun Fact:  In 2013, GSN Casino was the 10th highest grossing app for the iPad on the App Store.

What it is: An advertising and marketing communications agency based in Boston.
Fun Fact: Mullen crafted JetBlue’s “Air on the Side of Humanity” campaign, which revolved around pigeons.

What it is: A developer of health and wellness products that also works to build brands through online campaigns.
Fun Fact: One of their most successful products is ProbioSlim, a probiotic supplement that helps customers lose weight safely.

Weber Shandwick
What it is: A global public relations firm with expertise across specialty areas including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, and healthcare, to name a few.
Fun Fact: Weber Shandwick was named the 2012 Most Creative Agency by The Holmes Report.

Millward Brown Vermeer
What it is: A global marketing consultancy focused on unleashing brand-led business growth.
Fun Fact: Five values drive the firm’s behavior: curiosity, ownership, inspiration, care, and playfulness.

What it is: A global public relations firm that offers marketing, branding, and corporate communications services.
Fun Fact: Ketchum has over 100 offices in 70 countries around the world.

What it is: A digital agency that provides marketing and technology services to Fortune 100 companies.
Fun Fact: Huge helped TED majorly redesign its website for the first time.

Jack Morton Worldwide
What it is: A multinational branding agency that specializes in planning and managing branding strategies and developing brands for companies.
Fun Fact: In 2004 the company produced the opening and closing ceremonies at the Summer Olympics in Athens, becoming the first non-local producer of the ceremonies in Olympic history.

What it is: The American Association for Advertising Agencies
Fun Fact: The 4A’s is a sponsor of The 3% Conference, a movement dedicated to promoting more female creative leadership in advertising.

Hill Holliday
What it is: A marketing and communications agency based in Boston with offices in Greenville and New York City. It is the 14th largest advertising agency in the US.
Fun Fact: Karen Kaplan, the current Chairman of CEO, has worked there since 1982 when she was hired as a receptionist.


Nian Hu ‘18

The Office of Career Services recently hosted a panel discussion on journalism across the spectrum. The panel consisted of an investigative reporter, a columnist, sports journalist, an editor, and a magazine founder. Though representing a wide range of fields, the panelists each had an unusual start in journalism in common.

The path to journalism

While it can be easy to assume that students involved in the campus newspaper are those most likely to become journalists, the panelists showed that it is also common for many to enter the profession through other pathways.

“I was a history major at the University of Oregon and wanted to become a school teacher,” said Jason Grotto, investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Jason didn’t initially intend to become a journalist, but was exposed to the field after interning at a local newspaper. From there, he started managing the circulation of the Chicago Reporter, and after a few years, decided to return to school at the Missouri School of Journalism. While in grad school, Jason became increasingly interested in research, and was thus propelled to pursue investigative reporting.

For Alicia Stewart, her start in the field came early in college when she began to work part time as an affiliate for NPR. She became increasingly involved with women’s issues and producing documentaries. However, after a few years of working in production, she returned to news reporting and is now the online editor for CNN.

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Last April, the Anthropology Department and Office of Career Services co-sponsored a workshop focused on career pathways in anthropology and the applicability and versatility of studies in anthropology. Panelists’ work experience ranged from archaeology public policy to consulting and medical school.

"I took time off from med school to make movies."

This was the story of Eric Lu, ’09, founder of Project Jubilee. While Eric started out premed, his extracurricular volunteer work in low income Boston neighborhoods counseling drug users changed his mind about what he wanted to study. The initial connection he felt with the people he was working with prompted him to explore studies in anthropology. After finishing college, Eric found himself drawn to filmmaking and was inspired to use documentaries as a medium of creating social change.

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Student Blogger Top Ten: Big Data Analytics & Technology Fair

With 65+ organizations to consider, it’s hard to know where to begin. Here’s a list of the top ten big data analytics and technology organizations our student blogger is excited to see. Who’s on your list?


Civis Analytics
What it is: Tech and analytics firm that helps organizations analyze and leverage big data.
Fun Fact: Civis is led by the Chief Analytics Officer from Barack Obama’s 2012 Campaign. More than a third of the Campaign’s 54-person team now works for Civis.


What it is: Cutting-edge law enforcement software developer.
Fun Fact: The Harvard engineers who founded the company have been doing ride-alongs with Massachusetts State Police for two years.


What it is: A fun way to share moments with friends by sending photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds.
Fun Fact: In a study, 59.8% of respondents said they primarily used Snapchat for funny content, like stupid faces.


What it is: Ranges from search engine to email to automated cars and everything in between.
Fun Fact: The Google home page is so sparse because the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted to create a quick interface.


What it is: An online marketplace where people can buy and sell unique products.
Fun Fact: Handmade craft shops can make $25K per year, jewelers can make $100K per year, and painters have sold over 550 pieces in a year.


What it is: A multinational corporation that develops computer software, consumer electronics, and personal computers.
Fun Fact: Microsoft has a reputation for asking off-beat questions during job interviews, like “Why is a manhole cover round?”


What it is: A microblogging and social media platform.
Fun Fact: On October 21, 2011, Tumblr became the first blogging platform to host President Obama’s blog.


What it is: An online auction and shopping website.
Fun Fact: The first item listed on eBay was a broken laser pointer. A collector ended up buying it for $14.38.


What it is: A travel site that helps travelers plan and book trips.
Fun Fact: 1 in 3 Spanish travelers read upwards of 11 reviews before choosing a hotel.


What it is: Ranges from search engine to email to news and entertainment portal.
Fun Fact: The word “Yahoo” is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”


Nian Hu ‘18


If you’re interested in pursuing tech or production in theater, film, and other entertainment fields, be prepared to forge your own career path. There are a number of ways to do this, but the key to success is working hard.

“I would say in three simple words: volunteer, intern, and work,” said Matt Adelman, a lighting supervisor at the A.R.T. and a panelist at last Wednesday’s OCS event on careers in tech and production. “Theater is a very small world for the large number of people who do it. I am currently employing a person who started out as an intern for my predecessor and he went from intern to paid intern to regular member of crew to temporary staff. You get that way through repetition and learning your craft, and the only way to do that is to be in theater and be hands-on.” 

It also helps to have a partner. “If you can find someone who can be a counterpoint to you – if you’re weak at tech stuff, for example – find a partner. Then you have double the power when it comes to looking for jobs.” said Dewey Dellay, a sound designer and composer.

The three panelists all agreed on the importance of having a good attitude. Sara Brown, a set designer at MIT, emphasized developing a positive reputation among professionals in the field. “It’s such a small community,” she explained. “Even in big places like New York. People will always find out where you worked before, and who you worked for. ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ This is a sword that cuts both ways. Every work experience and every internship is your interview for the next job.” Sara gave some advice to help prospective job-seekers develop a better attitude: “Don’t badmouth people. It will never help you. It will only hurt you. Pretend everyone is listening all the time – because everyone is listening all the time.”

Furthermore, a good attitude will help a job-seeker establish a network. The panelists emphasize that connections are critical to success in this field. “I got where I am because of who I know, not what I know,” Matt admitted. “A friend recommended me for my first job. And once I had that on my resume, it helped me out.” Dewey added, “You need the intimacy of being recommended in a trustworthy way to someone. Sound design in theater has been much more of a game-of-catch that people would admit. In general, it’s who you know, the networking you do. It has a lot to do with trust. People don’t want to take the chance to recommend you if they don’t have such an emotional commitment to your integrity.”

How does one create these essential connections? According to Sara, it’s important to take the initiative and reach out to people. “I encourage people, if they see someone’s design, to reach out to those people. If a student wrote to me and asked to shadow me, I would say, ‘Sure!’ You’re going to be shocked at the return you get if you go out and ask people. Everyone had help getting their first job, and everyone wants to help everybody. If you reach out, you’ll find that people are pretty generous.”

Nian Hu ‘18

Arts, Museums, and YOU

OCS Arts and Museums Fellows Program, 2015

How does it work? The program places Fellows in arts organizations and museums for a 3-week, full-time, project-based internship over the January break with, in many cases, the opportunity to continue into the spring semester (5-8 hours per week). All Fellows receive a stipend through OCS, and local Fellows receive FREE on-campus housing!

2015 Fellows will be working at the following arts organizations: A.R.T., Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Casting, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Handel & Haydn Society, Harvard Forest’s Fisher Museum, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Wyoming, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theater.

How do I apply? Search for “Arts and Museums Fellows” or for the organizations’ names in Crimson Careers to see the internships. Applications will be specific to each internship, but most will just ask for a resume and cover letter.  For most opportunities, all class years are eligible.

Only undergraduates are eligible to apply for this program.

For more information, contact Gail Gilmore, ggilmore@fas.harvard.edu.

Or, learn what last year’s Fellows did.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, October 14


Where will you be next year? 
All throughout SE Asia (starting in Nepal and working my way south to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Laos) before heading back to California next summer. 

What will you be doing? 
I will be backpacking and teaching before heading back to the US next summer to start a PhD program in astrophysics and physics at UC Santa Cruz.

What advice do you have for Harvard undergraduates?
Don’t stress too much about life after graduation your senior year. It all works out and you are incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Harvard community. Even if you don’t have something lined up at graduation, you’ll surely find something exciting shortly. 

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For the summer of 2014, the Harvard Presidential Fellowship Award for Public Service has allowed me to once again return to Gallup, New Mexico, in order to pursue my proposed research protocol involving an HIV-targeted public health intervention.

The goal was to implement an HIV screening project to improve HIV treatment outcomes, specifically through enhanced testing for HIV and chlamydia. The research included spreadsheet design for data analysis of current performance in HIV and chlamydia outcomes, collection of electronic record data in 6 medical clinics, statistical analysis, and presentation of the results to nurses and physicians in 11 staff divisions, culminating in discussions of implementation of expansion of current testing parameters.

Several mechanisms to increase GIMC-associated HIV and chlamydial infection screening rates were proposed; some have already been adopted. Most prominently, Pediatrics is currently discussing the details of how to implement universal STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing into all its physical exams on children fourteen years of age and older; Internal Medicine has implemented full STI testing into standard hospital admission orders; and Emergency Medicine has requested technological laboratory testing streamlining in order to start screening their patients as well. More generally, all departments have committed themselves to becoming more proactive in HIV and chlamydia screening.

In addition to the HIV intervention project, I shadowed my physician mentors clinically, and observed the entire gamut of medical care, from routine health maintenance to crisis intervention: a man with a diabetic gangrenous foot, where blood sugar control might have saved an amputation; a woman whose addiction to alcohol had ruined her liver, an addiction which was not mitigated before it was too late; a gunshot wound with life-threatening injuries inflicted by a patient’s family member. It has been overwhelming to recognize that with good medical care and patient education, a great deal of suffering and loss of life might have been averted.

My experiences at GIMC were life-altering. The inspiration I felt while working to implement the public health initiative, together with the power of the clinical cases which I witnessed or assisted, propel me towards an MD/MPH. I hope someday to integrate public health concerns with individualized care; to understand and pursue solutions to healthcare problems from both a wide-angle, public health view as well as an individual-based, clinical view; in sum, to serve both individuals and communities simultaneously.

Michael Hughes, Harvard College ’15
Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC)
Gallup, NM

Read additional Presidential Fellowship summer experience blogs.


Where will you be next year? 
Columbia School of the Arts, New York City

What will you be doing? 
Pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing- poetry, and living with great Harvard friends.

What advice do you have for Harvard undergraduates?
Take risks, and go crazy with the endless opportunities that the Harvard experience offers: travel, research, social life, courses, advising- If you do, you might discover dreams that you did not even know you could have. And make plenty time for sleep the summer after graduation. 

Also, savor every moment that you spend with your friends and roommates. When else would you have a chance to live in the same room, house or even community with so many of your closest friends?

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A New Meaning of Justice

I stayed out until midnight one night sitting on a park bench, reading The Prisoner’s Wife, as different groups of tourists speaking Polish, Korean, Hindi took turns shuffling past me. Gradually, the sun faded into dusk, then left only the glow of the streetlight in the middle of the park illuminating my pages. I’m sure people must have stared at me, with tears trailing down my face, sniffling in the most undignified way possible, yet still unable to tear myself from my book.

The thing with interning at the ACLU in mass incarceration policy is that it’s not just a 9-to-5 internship, an office job that you can just leave from. It’s immersion into a world of passionate individuals, real stories, and a keen sense that every effort mattered in this fight to keep people out of bars. It was that sense of urgency that kept me reading Asha Bandele’s powerful memoir The Prisoner’s Wife late into the night. Bandele, the wife of a prisoner sentenced to twenty years, reminded me through her fluid prose, of the pain that incarceration dealt to prisoners and to their loved ones—and the justice for which we had to keep fighting. 

The shackling of pregnant women. The criminalization of psychiatric disability. Aging prisoners, weak and ailing, yet still kept behind bars. Solitary confinement. Violence by guards. The Prisoner’s Wife. Each new puzzle piece revealed a story of 2.2 million Americans behind bars—and reminded me that whether through litigation, policy reform, or activism, we had to remind people of our common humanity in order to even get close to achieving justice.

That’s what my summer taught me most of all. Ultimately, what I learned most wasn’t the fact that women make up a growing percentage of incarcerated people, or that my home state of Pennsylvania is launching a justice reinvestment initiative or that Mississippi has terrible mental health policies. 

What I learned most was a new definition for justice—one that incorporates mercy, humanity, and healing rather than isolation and punishment. 

Justice isn’t about an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, but rather about safety, healing, and humanity. Justice is not the strip-searches that Bandele’s husband had to go through; justice is not locking someone in a cell and throwing away the key. Justice is not our current model of criminal justice and mass incarceration. 

Perhaps someday, I will be able to read The Prisoner’s Wife, and know that because of me, one less wife has cried that all she wants is for her husband to come home to her. Perhaps someday, I will be able to help realize the Cornel West quote, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Perhaps someday, we will truly make the justice system, just and more importantly, compassionate.

In the meantime, I’ll keep fighting. 

—Eva Shang


Eva Shang, Harvard College ’17
Intern, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU
New York, NY

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Happy summer from Cambridge, everyone!

My name is Jing Qiu, I’m a rising junior in Mather House, and this summer, I have the awesome opportunity working as a director of the Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program, a PBHA academic enrichment summer program that serves 160 Cambridge youth. 

As we finish Week 5 of camp (next week is our last week of CYEP, yikes!), our staff and students have spent the past couple of days reflecting on the summer and celebrating each others’ accomplishments. 

Students in the first grade classroom spent the last week learning about grammar and punctuation, making “My Book of Punctuation” packets to take home!


They also visited the Cambridge Public Library with the 3rd Grade class and participated in a Reading Buddies Program, not only sharpening their literacy skills but also finding a new friend along the way. 

Our older students have enjoyed hiking trips to New Hampshire, astronomy classes, and sailing lessons on the Charles River as a part of CYEP’s 2014 Outdoor Education Initiative! 


And finally, everyone participated in the Midsummer Celebration, a PBHA-wide carnival and talent show held on July 30th to commemorate another successful summer.


It’s been such an amazing summer working with these students! Here’s to a great last week of camp!



Jing Qiu, Harvard College ’16
Director, Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program & Literacy Project
Cambridge, MA

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Where will you be next year? 
Hong Kong, China

What will you be doing?
Alternative Investments Analyst at a Private Equity Firm

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Use the Harvard Alumni Network when going through the job search. Alumni are more than willing to help! OCI is only one method of recruitment. Crimson Compass, the peer database, good ol’ networking—these are all also great options for helping you find a job  / get advice on the types of jobs out there.

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Where will you be next year? 
Boston, Massachusetts

What will you be doing?
Working as a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company 

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
In experiencing classes, extracurriculars, and life in general: do what you want to do, not what you think you should be doing. The more times you have to tell yourself something, the higher the probability that what you’re telling yourself isn’t true. A note on extracurriculars: they are a valuable opportunity to 1) get a sense of the type of work that you enjoy doing, 2) develop the ability to work effectively both on your own and within a team, and 3) apply what you’ve learned in your classes to the real world. Whether it’s joining a club, playing a sport, working on your startup, conducting research, or whatever: to make the most out of Harvard, realize that much of its value lies outside of the classroom.

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Arts & Museums Fellow: Sara Price


It is often proposed that the most beautiful things in life are those that we cannot initially see. Indeed, my stint as an OCS Arts & Museum Fellow with the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) taught me that the inner workings of cultural institutions are beautifully intricate. This consortium consists of four very cool galleries on Harvard’s campus: the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Semitic Museum. During our work with these institutions, my fellow intern Haley and I spent time with staff divisions ranging from Development and Public Relations to Education and Academic Partnerships to discover how the museums are maintained. To facilitate the portions of the HMSC that are readily seen, these departments operating “behind the scenes” work diligently to organize and order the displays of knowledge that educate visitors.

One hidden aspect of the HMSC that surprised me was the scope of its collections. Harvard’s holdings include far more objects than those put on exhibition at any one time. As a component of the internship, I enjoyed the privilege of viewing archives which contained unique items such as P.T. Barnum’s “mermaid” made up of a monkey and fish tail. Once I saw the treasures stored here, I saw it fit to spread the word! Under the guidance of Executive Director Jane Pickering, Haley and I interviewed several staff members and perused the programming of similar museums in order to gain tangible knowledge of outreach and promotional campaigns.  Through this research, we developed some potential strategies to enhance our fellow undergraduates’ engagement with the HMSC.  We aim to encourage more students to seek out the plethora of resources we encountered at the museums – after all, there are so many beautiful things to see!  

Sara Price ‘16
Arts & Museum Fellows Program
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC)

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Where will you be next year? 
New York City

What will you be doing?
A Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) Fellowship as a Case Manager at Montefiore Medical Center

What advice do you have for undergraduates?
Take advantage of all of the wonderful resources at OCS. The summertime is the perfect occasion to immerse yourself in something completely different, and OCS can help you with your search and your application for funding! The workshops OCS organizes are very helpful and it would behoove you to make time in your schedule and attend those that seem interesting to you.

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