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Internships & Careers

In order to get academic credit for an internship, you must register for credits, and have a faculty sponsor and an academic contract. Internships can range from 1-12 credits. See the undergraduate advisor for assistance in arranging credits, finding a sponsor, and the rules and restrictions.

Internships can bring theory and practice together. Not only do internships give students valuable job skills, they help students test out possible careers prior to graduation. We have one of the highest internship participation rates in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Our students have worked in placements on campus, in the community and in other cities. Some favorite internship sites include:

  • The Center for Women and Community offers a variety of services and programs to the UMass Amherst, Five College and Hampshire County communities including: Information and Referral Services, Rape Crisis and Counseling Services, Teen Services, Community Education, Latina Community Services and is the home of the Women of Color Leadership Network.  There are a variety of internship positions including being an Information and Referral Specialist, a Rape Crisis Counselor/Advocate, a Community Educator and working with the Women of Color Leadership Network.

  • Safe Passage, located in Northampton, serves survivors of domestic violence, their children, friends, and families.

  • Tapestry Health is a locally grown, community-based non-profit in western Massachusetts that offers affordable, high quality care.  Services include:  family planning services, reproductive health exams, STI screenings, HIV counseling and testing, needle exchange, outreach efforts, a WIC nutrition program, and much more

  • The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office provides several internship opportunities including in Domestic Violence Victim/Witness Services and Consumer Protection.

  • The UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Office promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

  • The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program administers a competitive internship program in which several of our students have participated.  The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a competitive paid summer internship program that places undergraduate students from around the country at reproductive rights and social justice organizations for ten-week summer internships.

  • The Arts Extension service maintains a large and varied list of Arts & Culture Internship and Job Postings
    and regularly holds an internship fair.

The Career Center of the HFA Advising and Career Center is here to provide education in career skills; internship, networking and job opportunities; and offers one-on-one advice for landing internships and planning your path to a career.

UMass Amherst Career Services offers a complete set of services throughout a UMass student's academic career. Career Services offers events, workshops, career fairs, placement assistance, internship lists and a variety of other services. In addition to working with Career Services and other interdisciplinary departments, we regularly offer career events for our students including alumni panels, networking fairs, and more.

National Websites

  • Idealist is a job and internship site for people looking for jobs in the social change and the non-profit sector. There is a great deal of useful information on this site

  • Feminist Jobs is a jobs board maintained by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

  • Money management skills:  UMass offers programs to assist students in learning how to manage their money.