Student Employment

Phonathon Callers Needed

Department Name: Annual Fund

Job Title: Phonathon Caller

Term/Start Date: Wednesday, September 30 – Wednesday, October 21; training session Wednesday, September 30

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: Monday – Thursday: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Requirements: Comfort on the phone a must. Reliability, punctuality, and good attendance required. All callers should be available to attend the training session and two or more calling shifts per week. Scheduling will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. Limit one excused absence. This is a limited term position.

Hourly Wage: $10.50 / hour

How to Apply: Email resume to Nicole Sibley ( 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. 

Address: Smith House (for contact); Phonathon takes place in the lower level of Alumni House

Application Deadline: Friday, September 25 or when filled.


Mead Art Museum - Lobby Attendant

Department Name: Museum Security

Job Title: Lobby Attendant (Mead Art Museum)

Term/Start Date: Week of September 20 (Earlier if able to commit to certain shifts – see below)

Job Description:       

Visitor services for the Mead Art Museum, including greeting visitors, advising guests of our current exhibitions, enforcing museum rules and guidelines, checking-in visitor belongings, announcing and signing in office visitors, answering and transferring telephone calls to the front desk, café service, and register operations. 

Approximate Number of Hours:

3-12 per week during academic sessions, 8-24 during non-academic sessions


Demonstrated experience with positive customer relations or proven people skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, good judgment, and ability to work with a diverse community.  The ability to be punctual and adhere to a set schedule is a must.  Flexibility to fill open shifts on short notice is highly desired.

Hourly Wage: $9.00 to start

How to Apply: Come to the Mead Art Museum front desk and request an application.  You may leave a completed application with the Lobby Attendant.

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted throughout the year, with positions filled from the applicant pool as they open. To be considered for initial employment during the fall semester, applications must be received by Thursday, September 17th 2015. 

If you are able to commit to Block #1 (8:45am – 11:45am) or Block #2 (11:30am – 2:30pm) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, contact ASAP to discuss earlier hiring and training.  Please specify desired shift in subject line.  Continued employment is contingent upon being able to regularly fill committed shift(s) for duration of Fall 2015 Semester.


Museum Security - Bartender

Department Name: Museum Security

Job Title: Bartender

Term/Start Date: ASAP – events begin September 10th

Job Description:       

Position provides event assistance at Mead Art Museum (and possibly Beneski Natural History Museum).  Assists museum and security staff with event set up and break down, including bar and food set up, serving during events, cleanup of bar and food stations following events, and additional related tasks as requested.

Approximate Number of Hours:

1-3 event shifts (two to three hours each) available per week during academic sessions. Open shifts are announced simultaneously to all bartenders, and are assigned on a first-response basis.


Current TIPS Certification required. Must have access to hard copy of certification so Museum Security department can make a copy to keep on file.  Past event work experience preferred.

Hourly Wage: $10.75 per hour

How to Apply: Email Nicholas Taupier, Security & Retail Supervisor at with letter of interest.

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted throughout the year, with positions filled from the applicant pool as needed.  First event with staffing needs is on Thursday, September 10th



Political Science - Research Assistant

Department Name: Political Science

Job Title: Research Assistant

Term/Start Date: Fall 2015

Job Description: Professor Ratigan would like several students to assist with her research on Chinese politics and social policy in China. Projects may include: searching and summarizing Chinese media, searching and summarizing Chinese laws and regulations, collecting and analyzing statistics on China, using data to create maps in GIS to show regional variation in China, and literature reviews of previous research.

Approximate Number of Hours: 5 hours per week

Requirements: Advanced reading knowledge of Mandarin Chinese OR familiarity with statistical analysis. Willingness to learn to use new databases and/or software.

Hourly Wage: $ 10.25

How to Apply: Send e-mail describing relevant experience and attach a resume and unofficial transcript to Professor Kerry Ratigan at

Application Deadline: Until filled.

Career Center - Public Relations Intern 2015-2015

The Public Relations Intern will promote Career Center program and job/internship opportunities to students, such as Amherst Select Internship Program, alumni panels, hot jobs, etc.  She/he will help create a strategy for Career Center communications to the student body and other constituents, and will develop marketing and publicity materials to promote Career Center programming.  This position is ideal for any student considering a career in PR/Marketing, Business, and/or Journalism and Graphic Design.


Preferred Qualifications:

•             Interest in Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Graphic Design a plus

•             Familiarity with software applications including publishing/design programs (InDesign, Publisher), Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

•             Extremely well organized and detail oriented, with excellent follow-through ability.

•             Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills

•             Polished, professional presence required

•             Strong presentation skills and comfort speaking in front of groups

•             Excellent written and oral communications skills

Apply through Quest at:


Career Center - Student Assistant

The Career Center utilizes student assistants to occasionally staff its reception desk and to complete office-related tasks.  Ideal candidates will have exceptional customer service and phone skills and be welcoming, friendly, and able to work well independently.  Excellent attention to detail and communication skills are required.  Viable candidates must be able to work Tuesdays from 10:30 - 12:30 and other hours as needed.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject “student assistant”


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 For questions, e-mail

Contact Name: Jess Deshayes



Nancy A. Robinson
Student Employment Coordinator
Office of Financial Aid
B-5 Converse Hall
(413) 542-8228