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Internships & Careers

In order to get academic credit for an internship, you must register for credits, and have a faculty sponsor and an academic contract. Internships can range from 1-12 credits. See the undergraduate advisor for assistance in arranging credits, finding a sponsor, and the rules and restrictions.

Internships can bring theory and practice together. Not only do internships give students valuable job skills, they help students test out possible careers prior to graduation. We have one of the highest internship participation rates in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Our students have worked in placements on campus, in the community and in other cities. Some favorite internship sites are:

  • The Center for Women and Community offers a variety of services and programs to the UMass Amherst, Five College and Hampshire County communities including: Information and Referral Services, Rape Crisis and Counseling Services, Teen Services, Community Education, Latina Community Services and is the home of the Women of Color Leadership Network.  There are a variety of internship positions including being an Information and Referral Specialist, a Rape Crisis Advocate, an Educator Advocate and working with the Women of Color Leadership Network.

  • Safe Passage, located in Northampton, serves survivors of domestic violence, their children, friends, and families.

  • Tapestry Health is a locally grown, community-based non-profit in western Massachusetts that offers affordable, high quality care.  Services include:  family planning services, reproductive health exams, STI screenings, HIV counseling and testing, needle exchange, outreach efforts, a WIC nutrition program, and much more

  • The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office provides several internship opportunities including in Victim Witness Services and Consumer Protection.

  • The UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Office promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

  • The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College administers a competitive internship program in which several of our students have participated.  The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a paid summer internship program that places undergraduate students from around the country at reproductive rights and social justice organizations for ten-week summer internships.


Every Spring semester we offer a career planning class geared towards WGSS seniors taught by the undergraduate advisor.

WOMENSST 295C Career and Life Choices Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies teaches critical thinking skills.  How can students use these skills to make informed career choices?  How is it possible to engage in planning one’s career while conscious of the realities of race, gender, sexuality, and class in today’s economy?  What are career options for students whose values include working for a better society?  Is it possible to put together a balanced life and pay the bills besides?  How can pressured college seniors, particularly activists, get all the career tasks they need to do done (resume writing, budgeting, researching career opportunities, networking, informational interviews) while finishing out their college degree?  Students will formulate their own career questions and choices.  The first part of the semester is self awareness, articulating interests, skills and values.  The second part of the semester focuses on workforce information, practical job search skills, and research on a possible field.  Assignments include: self awareness exercises, informational interviews, budget, resume, cover letter, career research and more.

The WGSS undergraduate advisor is available to go over your resumé and discuss career ideas. Contact Karen Lederer to schedule a career advising appointment.

UMass Amherst Career Services offers a complete set of services throughout a UMass student's academic career. Career Services offers events, workshops, career fairs, placement assistance, internship lists and a variety of other services. In addition to working with Career Services and other interdisciplinary departments, we regularly offer career events for our students including alumni panels, networking fairs, and more.


National Websites

  • Idealist is a job and internship site for people looking for jobs in the social change and the non-profit sector. There is a great deal of useful information on this site

  • The Feminist Majority Foundation also maintains a useful job and internship website. You can subscribe to a weekly digest