The Harvard Business School is a community comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni all committed to welcoming and accepting individuals from diverse global and local communities. Our staff brings varying ethnic backgrounds, skill levels, education levels, and personal experiences to their work. All of these unique perspectives fit together to create an environment based on the shared values of respect for the rights and dignity of others, honesty, integrity, and accountability for personal behavior. As part of the broader Harvard University community our employees have the opportunity to join a variety of affinity groups and connect with others who share similar ethnicities, interests, experiences, and characteristics.
Career Training at the Allston Brighton Resource Center
Members of our Human Resources department regularly conduct career training sessions with the membership of the local Allston Brighton Resource Center. We provide career support and guidance to help our community members in their job searches.
Internship Program for Local High School students
Since 1997, Harvard Business School has partnered with Boston and Brighton high schools to host an internship program for students. The high school students gain valuable work experience while giving our staff the opportunity to coach and develop terrific future leaders. Since the start of the program, close to 95 students have worked in a variety of roles around the HBS campus. Many of the students stay and work for the duration of high school. The majority of intern graduates go to college, and many return to HBS throughout their college career to work vacations and summer jobs.
Pen Pal Program with Local Elementary Schools
Since 2001, HBS has participated in a pen pal program with the Gardner School, located just up the road in Allston. Third and fourth grade students at the Gardner School are matched randomly with volunteer staff and faculty at HBS. Pen pals exchange letters once a month, and twice a year the students and HBS employees get together in person. The students have the opportunity to visit our campus and learn about the excitement of being part of a University setting.
HBS is an active participant in Boston's Year-Up program. Since 2008 we have hosted close to 9 urban young adults as interns and provided them with the opportunity to develop hands on experience and find their true potential as professionals. As a result of these internships, we have hired 2 interns as full time, permanent staff members.
Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program
Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program seeks to attract talented professionals, especially ethnic minorities, to administrative careers in higher education. The Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month management experience complemented by a professional development program. In addition, the University encourages applications from individuals from all backgrounds who are committed to addressing the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in academic administration to administrative professional careers in higher education.