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Internship & Career Development Office

Yes. There are jobs for history majors. History works in the world.

The history department helps history majors prepare for life after UMass by teaching the “nuts and bolts” of career development along with the equally important ability to communicate what the UMass History experience has given them. Our students develop valuable critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, oral presentation, and collaboration skills as well as sensitivity to diverse human experiences over time and place.  When employers ask—“What skills and perspectives do history majors offer the workplace?”—our students have an answer.

Watch Kady McGann talk about the value of majoring in History at UMass Amherst:

Read the American Historical Association blog article, Entering the Job Market with a BA in History.

Your Internship & Career Advisor 

Advisor: Heather Brinn 
Location: 622 Herter Hall 

Remote Advising

Remote advising via Zoom is available during office hours and by appointment.
Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday 2:00 – 5:00, please email in advance.
To make an appointment email

You can also use Google Hangout to ask Heather internship and career related questions, (use for Google Hangouts). 


What do we offer? 

  • Resume & Cover Letter Crafting
  • Career Strategy Sessions 
  • Internship Assistance 
  • History 398A: Career Development for History Majors: A 2-credit pass/fail, practicum offered each spring and fall  
  • Career Development Events: Workshops on career paths, networking, resumes, and more!

Check out these upcoming events!

Careers in Education

March 4, 2021, 9:05-9:55AM 

Contact Mark Roblee to register.

Careers in Law

Tues, March 16, 2021, 9:05 - 9:55 AM

A presentation by Prof. Diane Curtis, UMass Director of Pre-Law Advising; Contact Mark Roblee to register.

Interviewing in the Age of Covid

March 16, 2021, 5:30 – 6:20PM

Caroline Gould, Director of Career Development Services at the HFA Advising and Career Center will present on remote interviewing formats and strategies. We will discuss informational interviewing, which offers networking opportunities and is a great way to explore potential careers. The workshop will also include tips for remote interviewing, whether with a robot or a human. This is an interactive, camera-on workshop. To attend, please  register here.

Boston Area Employers: Summer & Fall Internship Fair

Thurs, April 1, 2021

Hosted by the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst located in Newton MA. Meet representatives from the Greater Boston area from a wide variety of fields for many majors, ranging from banking, retail, customer service, operations, staffing firms, non-profits, government, and education, including summer camps. Learn about full-time summer and fall internships. Students have the possibility to live at the Mt Ida Campus while working at a Boston area internship. Employers in attendance include the College for Social Innovation, which hosts Semester in the City, Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental affairs, and Northwestern Mutual among others. For more information, view the Events page on Handshake, or contact Jenny Reynolds. Registration opens on March 10, 2021 via Career Fair Plus.

Spring HFA Alumni Career Night

Tues, April 6, 2021, 5:30 - 7:30PM

Contact Mark Roblee to register.

DEI in the Workplace, HFA-wide workshop

Tues, April 13, 2021 5:30 - 7:30PM

Contact Mark Roblee to register.

Just in Time Virtual Career Fair

Thurs, April 15, 2021

Hosted by SBS Career & Professional Development team, the Just in Time Career Fair is being held virtually. For graduating seniors who do not yet have a job after graduation, meet employers still seeking to hire UMass students for full-time positions. Employers want to hire people who think critically, know how to solve problems, and are strong communicators. Business casual is recommended. Employers in attendance include City Year and Elliot Community Human Services among others. You are encouraged to download Career Fair Plus to begin familiarizing yourself with the Platform. For more information, view the Events page on Handshake, or contact Rachel Noto. Registration opens on April 7, 2021 via Career Fair Plus.

Psychology Career Fair

Fri, April 23, 2021

Hosted by College of Natural Sciences (CNS), the Psychology Career Fair is virtual this year. Don't miss out on this opportunity to talk to employers interested in hiring you for internships, co-ops and full-time positions, as well as graduate programs. Be sure to prepare ahead of time by participating in our Resume and Virtual Career Fair workshops! Employers in attendance will include New England Center for Children, City Year, Justice Resource Institute, and the Gandara Center among many others. Each organization/program will share information about the organization and opportunities, answer questions about job and internships and network with students. Students, come with questions! For registration details and list of participating employer: