Office of Student Affairs

The Career Center

The Amherst College Career Center, located on the first floor of College Hall, is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call (413) 542-2265 or come visit our office.

The Career Center is committed to supporting students and alumni along their journeys of exploration by assisting them in identifying the direction best suited to their individual interests, skills and talents. Our Center believes that the career decision-making process emerges over time, shaped by one’s experiences, values and interests.

With this philosophy in mind, the Center offers comprehensive programs and operates as a one-stop, full-service resource. Among the many services offered are those related to:

Career Advising

Whether a first-year student, sophomore, junior or senior, it is never too early—or too late—for a student to begin planning for the first job after college. Individual career advising appointments, skill development workshops and career exploration programs offered by the Career Center enable students to make informed decisions about internships during college years and about successfully transitioning from college into the world of work.

The Career Center’s professional team of advisors educates students about the myriad paths available to them beyond Amherst; helps students match their interests with potential careers; prepares students to compete effectively for internship and job opportunities; and facilitates student connections with employers, alumni and others that will, ultimately, enable them to achieve their aspirations. Peer Career Advisors are on hand to assist with résumés, cover letters and sharing of resources.

Graduate and Professional School

Most Amherst graduates eventually go on to graduate or professional school, with the majority taking one or more years before entry to gain experience or clarify personal and professional goals. The Career Center supports students and alumni who aspire to attend medical, law or other graduate schools in the following ways:

  • Providing information about various fields of interest and the roles that advanced degrees play in achievement within those fields
  • Helping students and alumni anticipate the steps to apply, including standardized tests
  • Advising students about necessary prerequisite courses or experiences as they prepare for attendance at a graduate or professional school 

Fellowships

Each year, the number of students and alumni interested in applying for national merit-based, in-house Amherst College or direct-apply fellowships increases. These fellowships are generally granted to those with a high level of achievement in a given area, such as academics, athletics or the arts. Awards also are available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain geographic regions or who demonstrate financial need. (See the Handbook section on Fellowships and the Office of Fellowships website.)

For more information about any of these services offered by the Career Center, see the Center's website.