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Advising & Student Resources

Remote and Virtual Opportunities and Employment Information

One thing the pandemic has taught us is that we are not always in the driver’s seat of our lives. Not having access to all the controls does not mean we are powerless, however.

Whenever you need, we are here for you as advisors and with resources:

  1. Stuck? Not sure where to start or what to consider? Schedule an advising appointment with your career advisor, Caroline Gould.
  2. Resumes: Online resume reviews are available to you through Zoom.
  3. Job Search: Look below for companies that are hiring. Also consider conducting informational interviews with people who are working in your field of interest.
  4. Internship Search: New opportunities are still being added job boards. While some internship programs have been cancelled, other employers are stepping up and retooling their programs for remote operation. To discuss your internship search, schedule a Zoom advising appointment with Lisa Blacher, your internship advisor.
  5. Update your LinkedIn Account: Create or give your LinkedIn account a refresh by filling out missing details. Upload a new photo, use industry-specific words, upload links to your work, and finally write that summary!
  6. Practice Interviewing: Review our Interviewing Tips handout, then practice with a family member, friend or in a meeting with your career advisor, Caroline Gould.

Information on who’s hiring and who’s not

  1. 500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now.
  2. Candor: live updated list that’s 100% user-generated. Check frequently before reaching out to employers.

Remote Job and Internship Links

  1. Handshake has job and internship listings for UMass Amherst students.
  2. Intern From Home has virtual internship listings offered by forward-thinking companies for students.
  3. Parker Dewey Micro Internships are short-term, paid, remote professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns.
  4. We Work Remotely has remote employment opportunities.
  5. Virtual Vocations has remote jobs of all kinds.
  6. now has a search field for remote opportunities. This link is for remote internships.
  7. Words of Mouth is a weekly newsletter that shares opportunities across design, the arts, tech, nonprofits, architecture, and urbanism. You must subscribe, but it is free.
  8. Resources for Artists: Arts Extension Service Resources for Artists, Art Instructors and Arts Managers has an variety of resources, and NYFA Classifieds (New York Foundation for the Arts) is a nonprofit service organization that supports working artists and arts organizations.

There are employment scams out there

We make every effort to screen employers and job postings on the Handshake database. However, if you receive a suspicious email or phone message from an employer (from any job board), it is extremely important to exercise vigiliance. 

Before you give out your financial information, check if they seem too good to be true. 

Be very cautious if the employer: offers to pay a large amount of money for very little work; or offers you a job without ever interacting with you; or requests you to transfer or wire money from one account to another; or offers you a large payment in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account; or offers to send you a check before you do any work; sends you an unexpectedly large check; or if you feel uncomfortable about any job opportunity DO NOT click on any links and DO NOT provide any personal information. FYI: Federal Trade Commission - "Job Hunting/Job Scams" To Do List. 

If you are suspicious, end all communication with the employer and contact UMass Career Development & Professional Connections at 413-545-2224 or

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Courses and Certifications to Upskill and Build Your Resume

Here are some professional development ideas and resources to build your career versatility and confidence.

  1. Consider adding one or more of these practical and applied UMass Amherst minors and certificate programs to an HFA Major: The Information Technology Minor, a Business Minor, the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Specialization, and the Arts Management Certificate Program, among others.
  2. Look through skills-based certificates available through UMass Online, such as Graphic Design and Digital Imaging, Paralegal Studies, Meeting and Event Management, Sustainable Food and Farming, Website Design and Development, Digital Marketing, Translation and Interpretation, or Multimedia Applications, among others.
  3. Google the following terms to find online certifications in Grant Writing, Bookkeeping, Sales, Project Management, or Medical Assistant.
  4. Consider taking courses to improve your skills in software: Microsoft products, Adobe products, or Google.
  5. Places to look for skills-based courses in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) world: EdX, Coursera; or look in LinkedIn Learning or Udemy.