Internships & Co-ops
The Mount Ida Campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides a Boston-area center for student experiential learning opportunities and industry collaboration.
The campus offers students a base in the Newton and Needham area from which to pursue internships and cooperative education positions (co-ops) important to their career preparation while helping to address the growing need for talent in areas that drive the state economy.
Beginning in January of 2019, housing options on the Mount Ida Campus will be made available for students who seek these opportunities. For employers who would like to reach this pool of interested students, UMass Amherst uses online portals where employers can register and post internship, co-op as well as employment opportunities.
Key links & contact information
Boston Area Employers Interested In UMass Amherst Interns or Co-Op students? Contact Jenny Reynolds, Internship and Program Coordinator for the Mount Ida Campus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-243-1119 for further assistance.
Recruiting Candidates from UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst uses online systems to connect students with employers.
Employers can post a job or internship, and students can search and apply according to the directions you set. Employers can set application deadlines, collect resumes, source and select candidates and set up on campus interviews (if interested), all within Handshake. Employers can also post regional informational events and register for UMass career fairs, so be sure to add your profile to the system today. Many employers may already have free Handshake accounts.
Please add University of Massachusetts Amherst as a school so you can post jobs and internships.
Types of Experiential Learning/Field Experiences
- A co-op is a paid position, lasting 4-9 months, that is directly related to a student’s major*.
- Co-ops can take place during a semester or a semester plus a winter/summer break period.
- A co-op is an official contract between the student, the employer and the university. In addition to signing
the co-op contract, employers must complete a final evaluation form for each student.
- Although the student does not enroll in classes, he/she is put on “co-op” status and is considered a full-time student.
- International students can participate in co-ops, though eligibility varies by department.
- An internship may relate directly to a student’s major, or, it can be an exploration of interest in a career field.
- An internship should support learning with on-going supervision.
- Internships can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, for credit or not; during a semester, summer, winter break
- If the internship is for academic credit, students and supervisors must comply with contract specifications*.
- International students can participate in internships, as they consult with IPO to obtain work authorization (CPT).
*Students participating in internships-for-credit and University approved co-ops are covered under the University’s General Liability Policy.
In addition to internships and co-ops, there are other types of experiential learning such as externships, job shadowing, service learning, residency, and student design projects.
Central Career Services at UMass Amherst
UMass has a strong commitment to our students’ career success, and we look forward to assisting you in your hiring needs. With college-based career centers across campus and a central Career Services Office, we can help you reach the best candidates for your company!
Please let us know how we can assist you by contacting UMass Amherst Central Career Services including a link to our page for Employers:
College of Engineering
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Majors: Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
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Majors: Afro-American Studies, Architecture, Art, Art Education, Art History, Astronomy, Chinese Language & Literature, Classics, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Dance, English, French & Francophone Studies, German and Scandinavian Studies, History, Italian Studies, Japanese Language & Literature, Judaic Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Portuguese, Russian and East European Studies, Spanish, Theater, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
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Majors: Animal Science, Astronomy, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Building & Construction Technology, Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geosciences, Geography, Geology, Horticultural Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Microbiology, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant and Soil Science, Physics, Pre-Veterinary Science, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Science (Interdepartmental), Sustainable Food & Farming, Turfgrass Science & Management
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Majors: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Political Science, Resource Economics, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Sustainable Community Development
Director of Career and Professional Development
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Majors: Accounting, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Management, Marketing, Operations & Information Management, Sport Management
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