Job, Internship, and Co-op Searching
Experiential learning (internships, co-ops, research, clinical experiences, job shadowing, service learning and volunteering, career-related summer jobs, and study abroad) are all ways to differentiate yourself to potential employers and graduate schools.
These experiences show organizations that you can integrate your academic skills and combine them with skills obtained in industry or with organizations to be a top-notch candidate. The sooner you are able to focus on what types of experiential learning interest you, the more opportunities you will have. The CNS Career Center can help you with this—please explore all the resources we have for you.
** If you are doing any experiential learning that is NOT for credit (research, EMT, CNA, projects), please complete this Field Experience Risk Acknowledgement Form and return it to Janet Bordwin at jbordwin [at] umass [dot] edu (jbordwin[at]umass[dot]edu). If you are registering your experience in Handshake for credits, you do not need to complete another Risk Form. This will be part of your Handshake submission process.
Check out these opportunities for experiential learning:
All Career Fairs are open to all UMass Amherst students.
Handy resource sheets to explore careers and internships in your major.
Get Hands-On Experience through opportunities that motivate and teach skills important to pre-health students.
Want to see where your fellow CNS students found internships, co-ops and research opportunities?
You can find the recommended job boards by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on this page.
Students can use a staffing agency (also known as an employment agency, recruitment firm, or staffing firm) to find jobs.
Be wary of fraudulent job postings. All students are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective job or internship.
Find out about How Undergraduate Internships for Academic Credit Work.
There is a lot more you can learn about networking in our online Career Handbook.
An internship or co-op in the Boston area provides so much more than just professional experience.
The CNS Career Center is committed to values that reflect openness, diversity, and respect for all differences. We serve all CNS undergraduate students.