Programs & Events
Amherst College Career Center Public Interest Programs
The mission of the Career Center is to expose students to a complete balance of career and lifetime opportunities. Identifying and promoting not-for-profit and public service opportunities are central to the Career Center's work, both for students intending careers in this area and for students seeking to enrich their lives through the experience of service. The Career Center serves Amherst's students through a variety of programs, both on and off campus.
Events and Workshops
Making a Difference While Making a Living
Did you know that 46 percent of the employed members of the Class of 2007 reported they are working for a non-profit organization, and the data collected thus far on the Class of 2008 indicate that 55 percent of those employed are working for a non-profit organization?
In response to the growing student and alumni interest in work that makes a difference, The Career Center is launching a series of initiatives featuring career resources, opportunities, and events for students exploring non-profit and other work for the common good.
For starters, Career Columns will have a weekly “Making a Difference While Making a Living” section featuring events, resources for career exploration, job search tips, and eventually, advice from Amherst alumni.
More events and information will follow throughout the year. Keep an eye on Career Columns for updates and changes!
Want to receive Making a Living While Making a Difference email announcements through out the year? Register your interest in non-profit careers in your Experience profile. If you need assistance updating your profile, come to the Career Center and meet with one of our Peer Career Advisors!
Fall 2008 Events
As of November 6, 2008. Check back for updates and changes!
Friday, September 26th
Making a Difference While Making a Living: Exploring the World of Non-Profits and Job Search Strategies
Time and Location: 4:00 p.m., Career Center Events Room. (Please note the time change.)
Emily Silberstein ’06, Project Coordinator, Social Innovation Forum, Cambridge, MA,
Jean Blaise, International Education UMASS Doctoral Student and Career Center Graduate Assistant
This presentation will include job search advice for graduating seniors as well as information on the fields of non-profit consulting, international education, and community-based work in Massachusetts and abroad.
Thursday, October 2nd
Making a Difference While Making a Living in Public Education:
A Discussion of Various Pathways to Becoming a Public School Teacher
Time and Location: 4:00 p.m., Career Center Events Room
Matthew Behnke ’93, principal of Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst, MA who has also taught in Oakland, CA and has taught special education in Chicopee, MA
Professor Barry O’Connell, Professor of English at Amherst College and a former public school teacher
Friday, October 17th
Making a Difference While Making a Living in International Nonprofit Social Auditing, Training, Consulting and Research
Time and Location: 2:30 p.m., Career Center Events Room
Dan Viederman, Executive Director, Verite, Amherst, MA
Verite is an international non-profit social auditing, training, consulting and research organization and a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility. Verite was also a host site during the 2008 Center for Community Engagement’s Citizen Summer Internship Program.
Mr. Viederman, Executive Director of Verite, began his career with Verité as Director of Research, where he managed efforts to assess labor conditions for institutional investors and government agencies. With Verité he has led the expansion of global capacity and the establishment of an independent Regional Office structure. Under Mr. Viederman, Verité has been named recipient of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award for 2005, and winner of the 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Viederman was previously CEO of the China Program for World Wildlife Fund, where he established the Beijing office for the first international environmental NGO in China. In that role he worked extensively with government and private sector institutions to support environment and development goals. Prior to joining Verité, Mr. Viederman managed social and environmental initiatives for a socially responsible investment company. A graduate of YaleUniversity, Mr. Viederman has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from ColumbiaUniversity and a certificate in Chinese language from Nanjing Teacher’s University.
Friday, October 17th
Making a Difference While Making a Living in Government: State Department Information Session
Time and Location: 4 p.m., Porter Lounge, Converse Hall
Suneta Halliburton, Diplomat-in-Residence at Tufts
Monday, October 27th
Making a Difference While Making a Living in Government: Finding Internships and Jobs with the Federal Government
Time and Location: 7 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather
Monday, November 3rd
Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship Information Session
Time and Location: 8:30 p.m., Career Center Events Room, College Hall
Program Director, Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship
Looking for a one-year experience that will allow you to serve others, build your leadership and team skills, and challenge you personally? Seeking an opportunity to strengthen your skills in healthcare or community-based programming? Consider the Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship. Project Horseshoe Farm is a non-profit service, leadership development, and educational initiative located in Greensboro (Hale County), Alabama. Your will be part of team of fellows exploring the necessary local engagement, community-based programming, and leadership development to serve some of this rural area’s most vulnerable citizens. To learn more about this 13-month paid position, see http://www.projecthsf.org/index.php.
Homecoming Events – November 6-7, 2008
Thursday, November 6th
Making a Difference While Making a Living in Nonprofit Management and Community Organizing
Time and Location: 7 p.m., Career Center Events Room
Rebecca Epstein ‘99, Chief of Staff, The Management Center, Washington D.C., Graduate of NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Rebecca is the Chief of Staff for The Management Center in Washington, DC where she helps some of our nation’s leading progressive organizations build strong management practices that get results. A former community organizer with Blocks Together, a grassroots group in Chicago, Rebecca has mobilized low-income residents in campaigns for affordable housing, property tax reform, safety, and equitable public services. She has worked on issues of social and economic justice with various nonprofit organizations, including the Brookings Institution, the BrennanCenter for Justice, Demos, and the Advocacy Institute.
Friday, November 7th
Career Conversations with Alumni in International Public Service
Time and Location: 2:30 p.m., Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
Phil Lilienthal, ’62, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia; Camp Winnebago Founder; Global Camps Africa, Founder and CEO. Phil Lilienthal is the founder and CEO of Global Camps Africa. An avid camper all is his, he was the owner and operator of Camp Winnebago, a boys camp in Maine, from 1974 to 2003. Prior to Camp Winnebago, Mr. Lilienthal served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, where he started Ethiopia's first residential summer camp program and was a camp counselor at a Fresh Air Fund Camp and at Camp Winnebago. His service as Peace Corps staff relocated him to Washington, DC, the Philippines, and Thailand. Mr. Lilienthal is an attorney and lives in Reston, Virginia where Global Camps Africa offices are headquartered. "He attends, challenges and inspires the children at every camp session in South Africa." (Global Camps Africa website)
Christopher Webster, ’75, Director of the Office of Central American Affairs for the US State Department. Mr. Webster became the Director of the Office of Central American Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs on August 4, 2008. The office manages U.S. relations with the seven Central American countries. After joining the Foreign Service in 1977, Mr. Webster served in economic/commercial positions in the U.S. Embassies in Argentina, Guyana, Portugal, and Algeria. He was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Norway (2003 to 2006), Bangladesh (2000 to 2003), Sudan, and Ethiopia. In the State Department, Mr. Webster had three assignments in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (one in the Office of Energy from 1984 to 1986, the second as Chief of the Developed Country Trade Division from 1996 to 1998, and the third as the Director of Development Finance from 2006 to 2008); two in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (the first as the Guyana and Jamaica Desk Officer from 1982 to 1984 and the second as the Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs from 1998 to 2000), and one assignment as the Deputy Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Webster has received the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award several times. He has also received the Georgetown Guyana Lions Club President’s Award. Born in Boston, Mr. Webster received his B.A. degree in 1975 from Amherst College. He obtained a M.A. degree in 1977 from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.
Friday, November 7th
Making a Difference While Making a Living Networking Reception with Students and Alumni Engaged in Work for the Common Good
Time and Location: 4 p.m., Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
All are welcome to attend!
Rebecca Epstein ’99, Chief of Staff, Management Center, DC
Phil Lilienthal '62, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia; Camp Winnebago Founder; Global Camps Africa, Founder and CEO, and attorney
Chris Webster '75, Director of the Office of Central American Affairs for the US State Department
(See above for detailed bios on all three alumni.)
Dr. Richard Aronson '69, Director, Humane Worlds Center for Maternal and Child Health, ME
Neil Corwin '81, Deputy Chief and Civil Director, U.S. Attorney's Office, NYC
Kent Faerber '63, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Western MA
Stephanie Gounder '08, 6th Grade English Teacher, Teach For America, LA
Ellen Peck '81, Senior Officer/Director of Development, Save the Children Fund, CT
Todd Smith '97, Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation, NYC
Ellen Ferrin '07, House Manager, Communities for People, MA
Thursday, November 13th
Making a Difference While Making a Living: GraduateSchools of Education Panel
Time and Location: 4 p.m., Career Center Events Room
Laura Snyder '89, Director of Graduate Study for the Master's in Teaching Program Lecturer and Director of English Education Brown University Education Department
Representatives from UMASS Amherst, Columbia Teacher's College, Harvard, and Smith College.
Additional presenters will be added as they are confirmed.
Sarah Frenette, Five College Teacher Licensure Coordinator
Fall 2008 Event Planning in Progress
Public Health (12/5)
More to come in Spring 2008
Not for Profit Career Fairs:
Boston (2/20), Amherst (2/27), Philadelphia (2/27), New York City (3/6)
And other events…
- Amherst Career Network--a place to find Amherst College alumni who are willing to offer advice and support regarding career decisions
- Career Conversations--alumni are brought to campus every month to discuss their career paths in many fields including public interest careers
- Alumni-sponsored internships offering quality experiences for Amherst College students
- Class of ‘54 Commitment to Teaching Fund–-awards for new graduates committed to teaching in urban public schools and/or to students who are “at risk”
- NYC Urban Education Program--an interterm program to engage students in the New York City school system
- Public School Teacher Licensure Program--affiliation with Mt. Holyoke College
- The Center for Community Engagement's Citizen Summer Program and January Winternship Program
- Career counseling services including resume and cover letter writing, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, graduate school exploration
- Career Center resource library
- Career Columns newsletter--weekly e-newsletter giving students up-to-date information highlighting workshops, job and internship opportunities available