Remember: A wise first step in this process is to attend an information session on finding internships and learning how to use the Handshake system. During the school year, workshops are offered weekly in Goodell Room 508. See our events calendar.
UMass Amherst Handshake
As a student at UMass Amherst you have access to our UMass Amherst Handshake database. Handshake is your starting point, allowing you to search nationwide for co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs. Log in with your SPIRE NetID and SPIRE password. You can create and save searches specific to your needs or use the quick search buttons for internships and co-ops in general.
Tips to Search for Opportunities on Handshake
- Add to your Profile to reflect your career interests.
- Go to the Jobs and Internships tab, and select Search.
- Choose the opportunity type first. The opportunities in our database are listed as Internships, Co-ops, and Jobs, part-time or full-time.
- Browse the listings by clicking on Search.
- Go back and customize your search with key words or specific industries.
- Many organizations recruit in the fall for their summer internships and full-time post-graduation opportunities, so start in the fall.
- International students should check in with the International Programs Office before pursuing a position in the United States to be sure they will be eligible for proper work authorization.
- Undergraduate students considering an international internship will need to get approval in advance from the International Programs Office.
Beware of fraudulent job and internship postings!
The job and internship postings on the UMass Amherst Handshake site is a service for businesses and University of Massachusetts Amherst students and alumni. Business owners are responsible for reporting information fairly and accurately, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, employees, and agents cannot and do not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of such information. Inclusion of any job or internship on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as: (1) an endorsement or approval by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, employees, and agents of the company, or its business practices; or (2) a warranty or representation by the University of Massachusetts Amherst as to the quality, integrity, legitimacy or other features of such company and/or its owners or agent(s).
All students are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective job or internship. If an offer or posting seems “too good to be true,” be cautious. “False contacts” can masquerade under a legitimate company name. Watch for misspellings, extra letters, phrases, etc. that are added to emails or website addresses or overzealous “recruiters”.
i. Never give out any personal or banking information.
ii. Never agree to deposit a check or money order into your bank account from a company to start the work.
iii. Never agree to send money to another individual.
iv. Legitimate company contacts will never ask you do any of these things.
If an employer asks you to do any of the above, stop all contact and please contact UMass Career Services immediately at 413-545-2224, and forward any suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookbuilders of Boston (MA book publishing)
Environmental Career Opportunities (ECO)
HireCulture (MA arts)
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
National Council on Public History
Smithsonian (over 235 departments offer 600 internships per year)
USAJobs (US government jobs)
Work In Sports
And don't forget about the importance of a research assistantship if you are in one of the sciences! Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research & Studies (OURS) in the Learning Resource Center in the W.E.B. Dubois Library on campus.