Career Services

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The Harvard Divinity School Office of Career Services offers resources for students, alumni, and employers. Whether you are in the career search, interested in networking, or seeking to employ current students or alumni, we look forward to working with you.

Students at HDS prepare for a wide range of professions, including but not limited to:

  • Ministry in faith communities
  • Higher education and research
  • Public and private secondary education
  • Community development, advocacy, and human services
  • Management and consulting, especially nonprofit
  • Public policy, law, conflict resolution, and mediation
  • Arts, publications, communications, and media

The assets HDS graduates bring to their professions are numerous and include key competencies such as:

  • Active experience engaging a pluralistic world
  • Ability to think across disciplines
  • Analytical skills grounded in theory
  • Competence in written and oral communication
  • Sustained, thoughtful social engagement
  • Language proficiency

HDS Voices

Ruth Purtilo
I give to Harvard Divinity School because it’s another opportunity to practice the kind of leadership HDS taught me. My gift becomes part of a goodness that is bigger than I am—where I can’t necessarily control the outcome, but can participate in the emergence of something far better than I could have imagined.
—Ruth B. Purtilo, MTS '75, PhD '79; HDS Leadership Council