Students in Keefe Campus Center

Center for Community Engagement

The College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) helps students put their education to work for the common good. The CCE:

  • provides funding for student and faculty projects, and stipends to cover unpaid summer internships in the nonprofit sector
  • offers internship programs and engagement opportunities across the Pioneer Valley and around the world
  • collaborates on community-based learning courses, including “Hydrogeology,” “Reading, Writing and Teaching” and “Regulating Citizenship.” The citizenship course is taught in a correctional facility and enrolls both Amherst students and facility residents

The CCE also runs a popular (and often transformative) three-day orientation trip in the fall.

Study Abroad

More than 40 percent of our students study abroad, choosing from more than 200 programs around the world, from Cuba to Sri Lanka, from Mali to Madagascar. We’re particularly proud of our exchange program with Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Doshisha was founded in 1875 by an Amherst graduate—which tells you something about the depth of our commitment to international experience.


Thousands of opportunities are available, many established through our network of alumni, parents and friends of the College and accessible through our Career Center. Our Center for Community Engagement also facilitates internships at a range of nonprofits. Here are just a few examples of places where students have recently interned:

  • The AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  • The American Cancer Society
  • Brightfields Development LLC
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • The Mississippi Innocence Project
  • The Social Innovation Forum
  • The Urban Justice Center
  • The U.S. Department of Justice


As an Amherst student, you can do research at an exceptionally high level, using state-of-the-art resources, often in collaboration with a professor who:

  • understands why this experience matters
  • is committed to giving you the time and the attention to make the most of it
  • and, maybe most importantly, treats you as a partner in a shared enterprise, as someone who’s capable of making a meaningful contribution to the world’s body of knowledge—which you are

Off-Campus Study

Amherst offers a remarkable range and depth of opportunities to study beyond campus.

In addition to studying abroad or taking a course at another of the Five Colleges, you might deepen your knowledge of the sea at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, or study the Bard’s works at Amherst’s Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Through the Twelve College Exchange Program, you can study for a semester or year at Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wheaton or Williams Colleges or Wesleyan University.