As part of the Campus Career Network, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has Career Planning and Field Experience Officers working exclusively for SBS majors to help you make good career choices beginning in your first year and continuing until after graduation. A computer-assisted guidance system, individual advising, and workshops are available. An annual graduate school fair, a computerized alumni network, alumni career panels, and Career Library will help you explore occupations and graduate education.
Career Planning Services
Pre-employment services include opportunities for you to interview with employers on-campus, a computer-assisted resumé referral program, and career fair, putting you in touch with employers throughout the state, across the country, and even the around the world. Skills workshops offer instruction in resumé writing, effective interviewing, and job search strategies.
Field Experience and Co-ops
SBS strongly encourages you to complete at minimum a 3-credit Internship or a non-credit cooperative education program. These experiences help you explore academic and personal interests, acquire new skills, make professional contacts, and learn more about the world at large. Opportunities exist throughout the U.S. and even internationally. Some offer salaries which can offset some of the cost of attending the University.
Co-ops and internships are an ideal way to prepare for your career, but other avenues like Community Service and Student Run Businesses can help you test various fields and build experience. You can start as soon as you become a UMass Amherst student and you can try out a lot of different opportunities.