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Alert COVID-19 Update

Harvard University and Harvard Law School will shift to remote teaching and learning beginning Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.


The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In light of Harvard’s evolving guidance regarding COVID-19, we are providing updated information on the status of OPIA events and how to access OPIA services during the remainder of the spring semester.

OPIA programming will continue!

Going forward, OPIA will be transitioning to virtual presentations and programming. Please check our remote access events page for instructions on how to access our upcoming programs and events.

We sincerely regret, however, that due to the University’s most recent guidance around event size, OPIA will be cancelling the Kaufman Dinner and the Public Interest Scavenger Hunt. We know many of you were looking forward to this annual event, as were we. While we will deeply miss sharing this tradition with you this year, we hope to find other ways to celebrate our public interest community in the coming months.

Updated 3/23/20: Spring Mock Interview Program (SMIP) postponed. As a result of continued adjustments to our programs in light of COVID-19, OCS and OPIA will be postponing our joint mock interview program until after this spring. OPIA advisors will remain available, however, for individual mock interviews and advising appointments throughout the spring semester.  If you previously scheduled a mock interview with an OPIA advisor through SMIP, we are happy to move forward with  your mock interview as scheduled, or you can reschedule your appointment for a later date, as you prefer.

OPIA appointments and walk-ins will continue!

Appointments will be held over the phone or through Zoom. When you sign up for an appointment, please note whether you would like to conduct it by phone or by Zoom. Walk-in hours will be held through Zoom. Click on each walk-in event to find the Zoom link to join the session. For guidance on how to install and set up a Zoom account, please review the ITS Zoom videoconferencing guidance.

Jobs and fellowship postings will remain up to date!

We know that some students are still in the midst of their search for a summer internship or post-graduate fellowship/job, and others may be reevaluating their plans because of disruptions related to the coronavirus pandemic. OPIA continues to receive postings from employers who are still hiring summer interns, 3Ls, clerks, and fellows. These opportunities are listed on our 1L Summer Jobs, 2L Summer Jobs, and Fellowships and Entry-Level Jobs pages.

Learn more about OCS and OPIA remote operations.