Amherst Academic Internships

The Amherst Academic Internship Program enables Faculty across the ranks and disciplines to hire current Amherst students to help with projects relating to their pedagogy or research. The purpose of this program is to give Faculty assistance for academic tasks that are substantive but time-consuming, and to give students the opportunity to work closely with, and therefore help, their Faculty. Some examples of projects for our Amherst Academic Interns include helping with literature searches or archival work, pulling together information or materials needed to develop a new course, or recording and analyzing data from experiments or surveys. The program is designed with maximum flexibility to insure that Faculty can get needed assistance for their projects. The Academic Internship Program is supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

Applications for student interns during the fall term are due in the Dean of the Faculty's Office by September 15. Applications for interns for January are due by November 28. Applications for the spring term are due by January 14. Please check the deadlines page for the separate dates that have been set for projects involving technology. If your project has a technology component, please contact Scott Payne, Director of Academic Technology Services. In consultation with Scott, the Faculty Computer Committee will rank and prioritize these proposals. 

The Library has made a commitment to special training and support for Amherst Interns.  Librarians can teach students a wide range of skills to enhance their support for faculty projects: from simple, practical considerations such as how to borrow books or order interlibrary loans for faculty to how to perform high-level research using library catalogs and databases to how to identify relevant rare and archival collections.  Contact Margaret Adams Groesbeck , Head of Public Services, or the Library’s liaison for your academic department for library research training for Amherst Interns.

During the regular year, the average number of hours recommended for student employment is five to seven hours per week, though Amherst Interns may be authorized to work up to ten hours per week. Discussing academic schedules and other time commitments in advance with your prospective interns is highly recommended. It is permissible for Amherst Academic Interns to work full-time (40 hours a week for three weeks during Interterm). Full-time work during Interterm is subject to financial aid limits and constraints on the number of hours an intern can work during the academic year. Interested colleagues should apply by submitting a letter with a brief project description and the approximate number of hours requested. You are free to designate how these hours will be coordinated over time. The student salary is $8.00 per hour, however higher pay rates may be approved if a project requires special technical skills (up to a maximum of $10.00 per hour).

The deadline for applications for a summer intern is March 13. The summer grant includes a student stipend of $400 per week for up to 6 weeks and College housing. Again, send a letter of application with a brief description of the proposed work to the Dean of the Faculty's Office. Up to five summer internships will be funded for summer of 2008. Graduating seniors are not eligible for summer Amherst Academic Internships. If your project has a technology component, please contact Scott Payne, Director of Academic Technology Services by February 16. In consultation with Scott, the Faculty Computer Committee will rank and prioritize these proposals.

Once requests are approved, positions should be advertised widely on campus. All students are eligible to apply for these internship opportunities. Please direct any questions to Marie Fowler, Dean of the Faculty's Office.

Awards are valid only for the period indicated in the award letter. Grants for fall interns must be spent by the end of the fall semester. Grant funds for January interns must be spent by the end of Interterm. Grant funds for spring interns must be spent by commencement. Grant funds for summer interns must be spent by the end of the summer.