Career Advising

The career development process is ongoing throughout a student’s life, and the Loeb Center’s mission is to educate and empower students to reflect, explore, experiment, and take action to achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals. Students take a very active role in their own career development process, and our advisors are available at any point along the way to provide them with the tools and resources they need to keep moving forward. Advisors work with students individually to reflect on their skills, values, interests, and personality and then use this information to explore potential careers further. They also teach students how to network and search for relevant jobs and internships, explore graduate school options, create a strong resume and cover letter, and prepare for interviews. Students have found this individual attention to be extremely helpful, and we recommend that any student at any point in their career discovery process come meet with an advisor.

If you would like to meet with an advisor to explore arts and communication careers further, login to Handshake to request an appointment with a Carla Costa.  If you have technical difficulties, please call the Loeb Center at 413-542.2265.

Graduate School

A specific master’s degree is not always necessarily required to work in arts and communications; however, there are some graduate programs that were created specifically to educate professionals for these fields.  Here are a few examples:

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
  • Master of Science in Journalism (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Music (M.M.)
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

While there are many ways to enter the field of advertising in particular, entering the creative side can be difficult unless you have attended "portfolio school" - a one- to two-year program where you come out with a portfolio that will serve as a launch pad for your entry into the field.

Loeb Center advisors can meet with you to discuss graduate school in the following ways: deciding the best timing for applying, exploring graduate school options, reviewing statements of interest, essays and personal statements, guiding choice for requesting letters of recommendation. Professors who represent your field of interest are another great resource for you, and they may have their own suggestions and advice about potential schools and programs.

Amherst Community Resources
Student Organizations
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Signature Programs

Careers in Media and Communication Trek
Treks are an opportunity for Amherst College students to learn how a liberal arts education can prepare them for career paths in a variety of business and finance fields. The Careers in Media and Communication Trek to Chicago included a small, select group of fellows who visited alumni and other leaders in advertising, marketing, journalism, public relations, and public affairs. 

Food for Thought Lunch Series - Alumni who work in arts and communication are invited to campus as part of the Food for Thought lunch series. Alumni share a meal, stories, and advice about their career paths and current work. Students are encouraged to share their reflections and ask questions as they begin to understand the full range of career paths and choices.