Host Coffee Chats & Office Hours

Employer coffee chats/office hours allow employers and students to connect informally for 1:1 or small group conversations. These meetings are a great way for representatives from your organization to form personal connections with students. They also allow students to learn more about your organization, receive feedback on their resume, ask about your application process, and practice for interviews. We recommend scheduling 2-3 hours total, during which students may reserve a 15-30 minute time slot.

Scheduling Coffee Chats & Office Hours

All requests for coffee chats/office hours must be submitted via the registration form and confirmed by the Recruiting team. You will receive a confirmation email when your request has been approved.

  • Events should be requested via Crimson Careers by navigating to Events > My Events > Request Event
  • Fees: There is a $200 fee per event which includes use of the RSVP/scheduling tool in Crimson Careers as well as promotion. Coffee chats/office hours are promoted through our events database, calendar, and email lists. Additionally, employers who choose to advertise a coffee chat will also receive a featured posting and access to the Recruiting Resume Book, an opt-in resume book for students. There are no fees for nonprofit or government organizations.
    • There is no fee for virtual for-profit events taking place after September 25 for the fall semester and after February 28 for the spring semester.

Recommended Venues in Harvard Square

Employer recruiting events are not permitted in classroom space. We recommend the below cafés in Harvard Square as venues. Employers are also welcome to host virtual events and should create a virtual contingency plan for all in-person engagements.

  • Henrietta’s Table (1 Bennett St) – (617.661.5005)
  • Tatte (1288 Massachusetts Ave) – 617.714.4956
  • Blue Bottle Coffee (40 Bow St) – 510.661.3510
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea (100 Mt Auburn St) – 617.492.1844
  • Capital One Café (24 John F. Kennedy St) – 617.299.2669; Note: Distribution of swag/flyers not permitted inside the cafe.
  • Swissbakers  (168 Western Ave, near the Science & Engineering Complex) – 617.903.3113
  • Harvard Campus Spaces:
    • Smith Campus Center (Blackbird Doughnuts + Sally’s Sandwiches, Mother Juice, Pavement Coffeehouse)
      • Seating is first come, first serve (advance reservations not available)
      • Appropriate for 1-2 representatives. If bringing 2+ representatives, please inquire about other space options like our Interview Facility at the Harvard SOCH.
    • Harvard Interview Facility at the Harvard SOCH, 59 Shepard Street ($200/room fee applies) – inquire with Recruiting team (
    • Harvard Career Center, 54 Dunster Street ($200/room fee applies) –  inquire with Recruiting team (

Employer Recruiting Policies

Recruiting Dates & Details