The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Coronavirus Update: UMass Amherst has shifted to remote delivery of all instruction, having suspended in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester. In accordance with the Governor’s emergency order, only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor. Additional updates and resources can be found at umass.edu/coronavirus.

Academics

Remote and Virtual Opportunities and Employment Information

 

One thing this last month 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. When you are able to catch a breath, know that we are here for you as advisors, and with resources:

  1. Stuck? Not sure where to start or what to consider? Schedule a Zoom 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. Some of them have time on their hands now, too.
  4. Internship Search: New opportunities are still being added job boards. While some summer internships have been delayed or 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, or attend a virtual Internship Office drop-in session.
  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 Zoom 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.

Sites still adding new job and internship opportunities

  1. Handshake has job and internship listings for UMass Amherst students.
  2. Parker Dewey Micro Internships are short-term, paid, remote professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns.
  3. 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.
  4. We Work Remotely has remote employment opportunities.
  5. Idealist lists nonprofit jobs, internships, volunteer calls and employers.
  6. Hire Culture lists creative employment in MA.
  7. Virtual Vocations has remote jobs of all kinds.
  8. Philanthropy News Digest Job Bulletin is a weekly newsletter of foundation and development opportunities.
  9. 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.

Courses and Certifications to Acquire Skills and Build Your Resume this Summer

Perhaps your summer internship was canceled, or reduced in hours. Perhaps your usual summer job has temporarily ceased to exist. Here are some professional development ideas and resources to build your career versatility and confidence this summer:

  1. Look through skills-based certificates available through UMass Online, such as an Arts Management Program, Business Studies, Graphic Design and Digital Imaging, Paralegal Studies, Information Technology, Meeting and Event Management, Sustainable Food and Farming, Website Design and Development, Digital Marketing, Translation and Interpretation, or Multimedia Applications, among others.
  2. Google the following terms to find online certifications in Grant Writing, Bookkeeping, Sales, Project Management, or Medical Assistant.
  3. Consider taking courses to improve your skills in software: Microsoft products, Adobe products, or Google Tools.
  4. Places to look for skills-based courses in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) world: EdX, Coursera; or look in LinkedIn Learning or Udemy.