Important Announcement: Fall 2020

Dear students,

Given the college's announced plans for Fall 2020, the Loeb Center wants to clarify its access policies for students. All students, including those on voluntary withdrawal for Fall 2020, will have continued access to:

  • Handshake
  • Career Advising
  • Loeb Center Events
  • Recruiting Opportunities and Activities
  • Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (but note that you will become ineligible for this if you also withdraw for the Spring 2021 semester)
  • Summer 2021 Internship Funding eligibility (but note that you will become ineligible for this if you also withdraw for the Spring 2021 semester)

All of these services will be delivered remotely, whether students are enrolled on-campus, enrolled but studying remotely, or on voluntary withdrawal.  

However, we wanted to bring attention to an additional factor. Electing a voluntary withdrawal for Fall 2020 and pushing your graduation to a December timeline may impact your eligibility for recruiting opportunities, since many employers have recruiting timelines and processes that lead to summer/early fall start dates. As you make a decision about the coming academic year, we wanted to inform you of this potential implication with full transparency. Be assured that the Loeb Center is here to advise and assist, but employment opportunities are at the discretion of employers, and therefore any voluntary withdrawal decisions may have impacts beyond our control.

COVID-19 Updates: Important announcement about remote Loeb Center support and other developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you have questions contact us at careers@amherst.edu or call 413-542-2265.

Summer Drop-in Hours

Advisors will be hosting Zoom drop-in hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer months. Get answers to your questions about specific opportunities, application materials, and summer projects. Virtual drop-ins are 20 minutes and first come, first serve. In digital drop-in hours we will use breakout rooms for one-on-one discussions.

Resume Review

If you would like your resume reviewed, you can submit your resume using this form. You can expect a response with feedback within three business days of submitting. If you have an upcoming deadline, please include this information in your form submission.

Virtual Appointments

There will be no disruption to appointments with advisors. Loeb Center advisors are available for Zoom or phone appointments. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, log in to Handshake, click “Career Center” in the top navigation menu, and then select “Appointments.” To request an appointment, click the blue “Schedule A New Appointment” button. The advisor will email you instructions for a Zoom or phone call.

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, you can do so through Handshake.

Virtual Workshops/Events

For an up-to-date list of workshops and events being offered virtually, please visit Handshake. For each virtual event, there will be instructions on how to join remotely in the description or emailed to students who register.

Pre-recorded workshops on job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing as well as interviewing can be found on this new workshop videos webpage (Amherst College login required to view).

Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Students currently enrolled in the Houston Program will still be able to search for and apply to Houston internships in Handshake. Visit the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program webpage for instructions on how to search for Houston internships.

For students that need to complete the Houston Program workshop requirement pre-recorded workshops are available. Visit the Houston Program Workshops webpage for links to videos, PowerPoint presentations, and questionnaires or contact the Houston Program Team at internships@amherst.edu.

Pre-Departure requirements and information will be shared with students as we move to virtual support.

Internship Funding

The application period for 2020 summer internship funding ended June 10, 2020. The Loeb Center is no longer accepting any applications. If you have questions, please contact internships@amherst.edu.

Meiklejohn Fellows

Fellows seeking to access their stipend may submit an application via Handshake. The deadline to fully complete the application was Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. 

Casey Jo Dufresne, Program Director, will be available for one-on-one and group appointments via phone or video. You can schedule an appointment on Handshake or email her at cdufresne@amherst.edu. Casey Jo will hold virtual drop-ins starting June 11.

Additionally, Tenzin Kunor, Director the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership, along with CDSL staff will continue to host programming (virtually) as well as drop in hours. You can find more information on the CDSL's website, or email Tenzin at tkunor@amherst.edu

Remote/Micro-Internships

While you're searching for full time jobs or internships, continue to try to take advantage of additional opportunities to build out your resume and enhance your skills. One way to do this is through micro-internships. A micro or project-based internship is a remote internship for a shorter period of time, usually 10-40 hours total, in which an intern begins and completes a specific project. These opportunities are focused on completing the project at hand and less focused on an intern's experience within the ecosystem of the greater company.

Learn more about remote, micro, or project-based internships.

Online Learning Resources

Learn and develop skills to expand your career exploration and preparation. The Loeb Center team has compiled a list of dozens of free, online learning resources for you. Looking to learn more about search engine optimization? Master Excel? Take a class on public health through Johns Hopkins University? Contribute to a study on penguins in Antarctica? We've got you covered. Check out our list of free online learning resources (this list will be continually updated).

Employment/Internship Updates

500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now

Disclaimer: The following lists are crowdsourced. It is possible the information is not accurate.

GitHub COVID-19 Summer 2020 Internship Status List
Created by Chaitanya Reddy Gurijala

Employer Hiring / Hiring Freeze Status - Candor List
Created by David Chouinard, Cofounder of Candor

ismyinternshipcancelled.com
Created by Ananay Arora, Kaan Aksoy, and Devyash Lodha

Employer Questions

Any questions related to recruiting, job postings, and hosting virtual events should be directed to recruiting@amherst.edu.

How to contact us and other resources:

Email: careers@amherst.edu
Phone: 413-542-2265
Handshake: amherst.joinhandshake.com and Handshake Support/Help Desk
Loeb Center How-To Guides (Resume, Cover Letter, etc.)

*Updated: 7/2/20