The mission of the Career Services Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is to prepare students for the time when they are ready to leave UMass by educating them in all phases of their career development and empowering them to make gratifying career decisions and transition successfully in a diverse and global society. We work closely with academic advisors, residence life and faculty so that UMass students understand early on how academic and career success are related.
Here are some of the ways UMass Career Services can assist your student.
Daily Walk-In Advising
Students can drop in for a quick consult (15 mins.) on career related issues. No appointment is needed. Every weekday from 1pm to 4pm, peer advisors are available to critique résumés and cover letters and refer students to other resources within Career Services. Students can also be seen on Wednesday nights from 5:00-7:00pm in the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), 208 Student Union.
Career Planning Appointments
Career advisors conduct assessments and provide resources for career fields during in depth, scheduled appointments. Career advisors help students review majors that make the most sense, what careers make a good fit, and examine what they want to do with their life when their education is completed. Students can schedule an appointment with a career advisor assigned to their major either online at CareerConnect (www.umass.edu/careers ) or by calling our office at 413-545-2224.
Internships can be a great way to determine if the career field your student is thinking about is right for them. It is also a great way to get experience which will look good on their résumé. Students can do internships during the summer, fall or spring and with faculty sponsorship, they can receive academic credit. Current and previous UMass students have completed exciting internship placements at places like: US Supreme Court, Fidelity Investments, Disney World, The Washington Center, US State Department, Google, Amazon, NBC Nightly News, and NASA.
Online Database for Internship and Full-time Jobs
CareerConnect is UMass Amherst’s database system that list thousands of full-time professional positions, internships, and co-ops (6-9 months placements). The database is used by students and employers to set up interviews for on campus recruiting.
On-Campus Career Fairs and Employer Events
We host a variety of both large and small targeted career fairs annually to connect students with potential employers. Those fairs include: Engineering, Computer Sciences and Technology Fair,
Non-Profits Fair, Life Sciences Fair, Local Internships Fair and this spring 2016 our Diversity Career Fair on Feb. 23 and Career Blast Job & Internship Fair on Feb. 24 to name a few. By going to our web page, students can determine the employers participating in the fairs. We also host a Networking Night on campus, Mock Interview Week with employers and a variety of informational career/industry panels.
Online Resources at www.umass.edu/careers 
We offer a variety of online tools to help students such as:
Focus: An assessment to help students gain a picture of their strengths and develop a career plan.
What Can I Do With This Major?: This tool helps students match their majors with potential careers.
Candid Career Videos: Short clips providing tips on interviewing, networking, attending job fairs, etc.
Alumni Advisor Network: A new online tool to help current students connect with Alumni for career information, mock interview practice or résumé reviews online.
Career Services is staffed with well-trained dedicated professional advisors, peer advisors and a graduate student ready to engage your student. As we partner with you in your student’s success, we hope you’ll encourage your student to read our emails, attend career events, use our resources and make an appointment to speak with an advisor to ensure success. Our message is this: It’s never too early or too late to start career planning!