Inside Extension

Passions and perspectives, inquiry and discovery, campus and community. Explore our alumni, student, and faculty stories; event listings; and career and academic articles.

How to succeed as an online student

Tools and Strategies for Succeeding as a Distance Student


Our director of admissions and alumni explain the benefits and challenges of studying mostly online—and what it takes to succeed at a distance. 

Lily Pelekoudas examines ancient shards with Adam Aja, assistant curator of the Harvard Semitic Museum

A Museum Intern Pieces Together History

Student Success Story

A museum studies intern solves an archaeological puzzle.

Severaal lightbulbs hanging down

A Harvard Lecturer Explores the Psychology of Creativity

Faculty Insight

Shelley Carson, expert on psychopathology, explores the connection between creativity and behavior.  

A woman browses a fruit stand

Discovering the Next Grassroots Markets


An economics professor and two graduate students team up to research grassroots markets.

Chris Walsh

Cowardice on the War Front

Faculty Insight

Instructor Chris Walsh’s book explores cowardice throughout history, primarily soldiers at war.

Portrait of Victoria Tatarinova in downtown Boston

An Alumna's Path to a Consulting Career

Student Success Story

From Russia to the United States, a path of precision and serendipity.

Working Toward a Just World

Faculty Insight

For Mathias Risse, a government instructor, the question of global justice is one of the great challenges of our time.

The Poetry Evangelist: Elisa New on the Power of Poetry

Faculty Insight

A Harvard scholar explores poetry online with her Extension students around the world.

How to Ace an Interview


Career advisor Linda Spencer provides sound tips for excelling at your next interview.

5 Tips for Changing Careers


A Harvard career advisor provides advice for those looking to make a career change.

Chris Brown, a graduate of Harvard Extension School

Student Research Leads to a New Understanding of the Brain in Mental Health

Student Success Story

Chris Brown’s research on the brain of mental health patients has led to a new understanding of the roots of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

Ted Johnson

From the Navy to Harvard to the White House

Student Success Story

One alumnus’ story of triumph at Harvard