2016 Summer Programs Assistants Needed

1) SUPERVISOR: Austin Huot, Associate Director of Conferences & Special Events


Summer Programs Assistants are an integral part of the summer conference and event operation here at Amherst College, providing daily event support and coordination to 40+ summer programs hosted throughout the months of June, July, and August. As a member of the Conferences & Special Events team, Summer Programs Assistants are expected to demonstrate professionalism and exceptional customer service skills to generate a welcoming environment and experience for our clients and their guests. Summer programs occur seven days a week at Amherst College. Accordingly, this position requires frequent night and weekend shifts. Every effort will be made to provide each student employee with at least one weekend off per month. Hours will vary per week/per day, so only candidates with flexible schedules and the ability to work shifts that may involve early mornings, late evenings, and 30+ hours per week should apply.


Attend regularly scheduled weekly event preparation meetings to review the facilities, services, and schedule associated with each summer program.

Provide event support to Summer Programs clients and events, which include athletic camps, educational and regional conferences, and academic programs.

Provide operational support for check-in and check-out services and procedures.

Monitor, answer, and respond to a College provided department cell phone that is assigned to evening and weekend shifts.

Transport event supplies and equipment required for each summer program, which may include but is not limited to, air conditioners, window fans, linens, tables, chairs, and other portable equipment that may be requested for residence halls and/or event venues.

Conduct pre-event inspections to ensure that facilities and venues are prepared for the client’s arrival and that all requested resources and equipment has been provided.

Provide linen service to summer programs participants, which may include distribution, collection, and replacement.

Document, type, and distribute detailed records of services utilized and/or requested by clients and any issues that they experience during an assigned shift.

Assist with preparing Welcome Packets for each client/summer program.

Install/remove outdoor event and directional signage.

Post and replace weekly room schedules for all classrooms and event spaces.

Reset classrooms and event spaces as needed (straightening tables and chairs).

Provide access to classrooms, event venues, and student storage spaces.

Provide desk coverage to the Summer Programs office.

Act as a guest liaison for all matters concerning maintenance, information, and non-emergency issues that may arise.

Work a rotating schedule of 30 to 40 hours per week that will involve daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

Be familiar and proficient with standard crowd management and emergency procedure practices to ensure the safety of guests. Training will be provided to all hired employees.

Enforce Amherst College policies and procedures.

Perform other duties as assigned by the department of Conferences & Special Events.


Ability to work flexible hours (day and evening) on weekdays and weekends.

Strong written and interpersonal communication skills.

Strong organization skills.

Ability to deliver customer focused services in a professional and constructive manner.

An appreciation for event details.

Ability to ask questions and work independently.

Must wear appropriate footwear and clothing per the uniform guidelines established by the department of Conferences & Special Events.

Must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license.

5) COMPENSATION: $10 per hour for an estimated 30 to 40 hours per week (hours may be limited prior to June 12th and after July 31st). Additional benefits for the duration of employment include 15 meal passes to the dining hall per week and free overnight housing arrangements provided in a residence hall.


START DATE: June 1st to June 8th (based on applicants availability)

END DATE: August 5th to August 10th (based on applicants availability)

APPLICATION LINK: https://www.amherst.edu/news/communications/conferences_special_events/summer_programs_assistant_application


Summer Internship—Office of Communications

Summer Internship - Office of Communications: Apply by April 29

Intern will coordinate production of the Student Handbook and organize first-year photos for student IDs and online directory. Experience in InDesign and PhotoShop required. Intern will gain experience writing articles for the College’s website and magazine. Relevant experience is desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a keen sense of intellectual curiosity are a must. Intern will work 20-35 hours a week. Position begins June 1, ends mid-August, open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and pays $12 an hour.  Summer housing provided. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and 2 writing samples to Su Auerbach, AC# 2202 or to smauerbach@amherst.edu.

Phonathon Callers Needed for June

Department Name: Annual Fund

Job Title: Phonathon Caller (June calling)

Term/Start Date: Sunday, June 19 – Thursday, June 30, 2015; mandatory training session (paid) for new callers Thursday, June 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Job Description: The Amherst College Annual Fund raises money for Amherst’s top priority financial needs, including funding for scholarships and financial aid for current students such as you and/or your friends. The Annual Fund must reach out to alumni and parents each and every year to encourage annual donations to meet the college’s financial needs. One of the ways we do this is through the student Phonathon. Annual Fund Phonathon Callers can take pride in knowing that they make a substantial impact in raising essential funds for the college.

Your role as a student caller is to contact alumni and parents, engage them in conversation about their experiences and yours at Amherst, update them with news about the college, and ask for their financial support. Working with the Phonathon team has many benefits including the opportunity to build your resume by enhancing your communication skills, the opportunity to connect and network with alumni, and the satisfaction in knowing that the funds you raise for Amherst make a big difference. Plus it’s fun!

Approximate Number of Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (15 hours / week)

Requirements: Comfort on the phone a must. Reliability, punctuality, and good attendance required. All callers should be available to attend the training session and all calling shifts. Limit one excused absence. This is a limited term position looking to hire 15 callers.

Hourly Wage: $11.00 / hour

How to Apply: Email resume to Katie Konzen (kkonzen@amherst.edu). Please include three dates and times you would be available for a phone interview in the body of the email as well as a few words about your interest. Applicants will be contacted to confirm a time for the phone interview.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 20 or when job is filled.

Research Assistant - Political Science

Department Name: Political Science

Job Title: Research Assistant

Term/Start Date: As soon as possible

Job Description: Professor Ratigan is looking for several students to assist with her research on Chinese politics. The primary task is to summarize and translate provincial government work reports from Chinese to English (政府工作报告).

Approximate Number of Hours: 5 hours per week.

Requirements: Native or near-native reading knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Hourly Wage: $ 10.25

How to Apply: Send e-mail describing relevant experience to Professor Ratigan. Attach a resume and unofficial transcript.

Contact Name: Professor Kerry Ratigan at kratigan@amherst.edu

Application Deadline: Until filled.

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Job Title: Conversation Partners

Term/Start Date: Employees are hired by the semester

Job Description: On campus employment for Amherst College international students and native speakers of less-commonly studied languages. The FiveCollege Center for the Study of World Languages is seeking applications from native speakers to be conversation partners. The Center accepts applications in many languages including: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic (all dialects), Bangla/Bengali, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Filipino, Georgian, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Shona, Slovak, Swahili, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu, and other less-commonly studied languages.  We are seeking in particular: NORWEGIAN, FINNISH, DANISH, ICELANDIC, DUTCH, HAITIAN CREOLE, AND THAI.

Conversation partners work 2-4 hours per week with individuals or small groups of students to facilitate conversation practice in the language. Conversation partners serve as a living link between the students and the language and culture being studied.

Approximate Number of Hours: 2 to 4 hours per week

Requirements: Conversation partners must have native or near native spoken fluency in the language and must also be able to read and write in the language.

Hourly Wage: stipend based on a starting hourly rate of $12.50/hr

How to Apply: To apply, go to https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fclang. For questions, e-mail fcsilp@hfa.umass.edu.

Contact Name: Jess Deshayes