Students work with organizations in the summer for eight to twelve weeks, typically starting their positions in June. Planning by organizations can start as early as the fall before, to get positions in front of students and possibly plan visits to campus. Students generally interview in early February and make summer employment decisions by March or April.
Please see the MBA Recruiting Policies and Guidelines for specific timing parameters around interviews and offer dates.
Students can apply for the HBS Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship to supplement the salary from hiring organizations. Students manage the application process, and work directly with the organization on necessary information, including a detailed sponsorship letter from the organization.
Because HBS Summer Fellowships are awarded to students on a rolling, funds–available basis, organizations may be more successful in hiring a student if they are able to post positions early, make prompt hiring decisions, and have information available for the student's application process. Please note that the last deadline for students to apply for fellowships is May 3. Organizations posting positions should plan their hiring timeline (application deadline, interviewing, and decision timing) accordingly if they hope for students to qualify for funding.