Semester Long PAID Internship with New York State Assembly

September 30th, 2014 by jfahey

The New York State Assembly 2015 Internship Session is seeking juniors, seniors or graduate students in ANY MAJOR who are interested in a career in public service, public policy advocacy/state government. It is not limited to NY residents, although, housing is not included in the program. If selected, there is stipend of $4,900.

This is a well-structured, full semester program and will begin January 5, 2015 to May 13, 2015.

Interns are enrolled in a course by the Intern Committee Professors in Residence and they will be assigned a research and administrative responsibility in an Assembly office. Students received academic credit and practical experience and supervision.

Applications can be picked up in the UMass Amherst Career Services Office, in 511 Goodell. See Teresa Hart in the office OR download HERE.

Completed applications are due back to the UMass Amherst Career Services Office by October 15th also to Teresa Hart.

Being an International Student: Campus Life Outside the Classroom

September 30th, 2014 by sadler


Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Campus Center, Room: 904-908

Join us for an informative session for international students to learn about university services and how to get involved with student activities, plus meet new friends!

Free refreshments

Panel Guests:

  1. Genny Beemyn, Stonewall Center
  2. Greg Brown, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Advising- College of Engineering
  3. Nancy Condon, International Programs Office (IPO)
  4. Hind Mari, Women of Color & Leadership Network (WOCLN)
  5. Lydia Washington, Student Affairs & Involvement (SAI)
  6. Michelle Youngblood, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS)

More information here:

LinkedIn Learning Lab

September 25th, 2014 by jfahey

The old saying goes that people hire who they like, and who they know. With LinkedIn, you can make connections to increase your chances that employers will know and recognize you (the likeability is still up to you!) Check the details below for a great opportunity from Career Services.

“When: Thu, October 2, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Where: W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Rm 1685 (map)

Description: Learn how to set up a LinkedIn profile for job networking and professional purposes. For beginners or students interested in more advanced needs, bring your laptop or use one there, Stop in anytime between these hours. Sponsored by UMass Amherst Career Services Office.”


FBI Employment Info Session

September 25th, 2014 by jfahey

Come learn about employment opportunities with the FBA, the specific agency of the Department of Justice in charge of federal, criminal investigation, as well as an intelligence gathering agency.

When: Thu, October 16, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: Bernie Dallas Rm, Goodell Hall


CIA Info Session: Employment Opportunities

September 25th, 2014 by jfahey

Even the Central Intelligence Agency is looking for students in the Pioneer Valley! This Wednesday, October 1st in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall at AMHERST COLLEGE from 6-7 p.m there will be an info session held by a CIA recruiter. (Converse Hall is the building with the columns right next to the main bus stop at Amherst College!) Come learn about a career with one of the fastest growing intelligence-gathering agencies in the world.

Call for Nominations–2014-2015 Distinguished Teaching Awards

September 23rd, 2014 by jfahey

Remember that Political Science Professor who helped you choose your major? Or maybe that Legal Studies Professor who helped you realize you wanted to be a lawyer? Or perhaps that Biology teacher who taught your favorite class? Why not nominate them for a distinguished teaching award! Details below.

“The nomination period for the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teaching Awards is now open and will remain so through October 17, 2014. The following announcement about the award has been sent to all undergraduate and
graduate students. While only students can nominate faculty for the award, the faculty are invited to nominate up to 2 teaching assistants/associates for the award.

Celebrate excellence in teaching! Nominate your favorite teacher for a Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest recognition of teaching
awarded to faculty members and teaching assistants/associates.

Want to nominate someone? In a brief paragraph, tell us why you think your nominee should receive a Distinguished Teaching Award. All
nominations must include your name, mailing address, and email address. Nomination forms are available online at

Nominations may also be submitted by email to

Only current and former students may nominate faculty members. Teaching assistants/associates may be nominated by faculty members or
current and former students.

Please submit all nominations by Friday, October 17, 2014 to:

Distinguished Teaching Award Committee
Center for Teaching & Faculty Development
301 Goodell
(413) 545-5142
(413) 545-3829 (fax)

Internship Opportunity with Mass Republicans

September 18th, 2014 by jfahey


See below for an internship opportunity this election cycle in Massachusetts with the GOP.

“Massachusetts Victory Offices are looking for bright, enthusiastic and politically engaged individuals to help invigorate the Republican Party’s grassroots efforts this election cycle.

If you’re looking for a resume building campaign experience, apply now to help out the Massachusetts Victory Office, located at 420 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA. As a field intern, your responsibilities will include:

  • Aiding in grassroots operations such as door to door canvassing and phone banking work to enhance the Mass Victory voter file and database
  • Coordinating and staffing campaign events
  • Assisting in volunteer recruitment

To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter to”

For more info about the Mass Victory campaign, please visit their website. 

Career Carnival!

September 16th, 2014 by jfahey

Step Right Up: The annual Career Carnival is this Wednesday (9/17) outside Goodell. This is an engaging and lighthearted way for students to get up and running with career development activities!

Some of the activities include:

Resumania: Get your resume reviewed in time for the Fall Career Fairs.

Look Into the Crystal Ball: Talk to a Career Advisor about your future!

Also featuring games and prizes, with free popcorn and ice cream!

Wednesday, Sept. 17th, 1-4 P.M outside of Goodell: rain location in Career Services, 511 Goodell Hall.

PolSci Rep for Student Conference on US Affairs–Deadline 9/24!

September 16th, 2014 by jfahey

The Department of Political Science will once again send one or two students to the 64th annual Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Interested students must be juniors or seniors (by credit), Political Science majors, and apply by 9/24.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss pressing foreign policy issues with peers from other schools, including the cadets at West Point and hear from prominent speakers.  This year’s theme is “What’s the Worst that Could Happen? The Politics and Policy of Crisis Management.”

The department will cover conference costs, but you will need to arrange your own transportation. (Students typically carpool together and the Dept. reimburses for mileage). The Military Academy’s campus is on the Hudson River a bit north of Newburgh. Public transportation is possible, but a car is easiest. This year’s conference will start in the evening on Wednesday, 12 November and end on Saturday, 15 November.

If you are interested in attending SCUSA, please e-mail a statement of interest and attach a short essay (no more than 700 words) explaining how participation in the conference would enhance your studies and pursuit of career aspirations to Professor MJ Peterson ( by midnight on Wednesday, September 24th.

Read more about past participant experiences here: (2014) and (2013).

For more information about the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA,) visit their website here.

Email Etiquette: How to Email a Professor

September 10th, 2014 by sadler

As the semester begins and your GMail fills up with countless emails that you may or may not have time to read, it is worthwhile to brush up on your email etiquette, especially when sending emails to professors.  If you want to be taken seriously and respected by your professors, read and heed!

The majority of teachers have certain expectations from messages they receive from students. These professors and instructors will expect a student’s level of communications to reflect professionalism and proper tone, no matter how adept they are at using technology. If the teacher’s title is “Assistant Professor,” “Associate Professor,” or “Professor” you should use the standard described below. The titles of “lecturer,” “visiting assistant professor,” or “visiting lecturer” usually designate adjunct faculty, and in writing to teachers at this level you should use the same standard. If you would like to learn more about the standard for composing an email to a professor or see example emails, please click here.

According to wikiHow, the following outlines the standard for composing an email to a professor or instructor:

  • Read the syllabus. Often times, the question you would like to ask has already been answered in the material the professor has provided at the beginning of class. Requesting a professor go over this again makes you look like you are not a serious student and only harms your cause.
  • Make sure email is really the best way to communicate your issue. Email is often much more time consuming than an actual conversation. It generally takes longer to compose word-processed text than to say it. Even if the email is short and quick for you to deploy, the response for which you are asking can be time-consuming for the professor. For example, emailing a professor to ask “what did I miss?” is not OK. You are basically expecting the professor to take the time to write up an entire class just for you. Also, don’t email to ask about your grades. In the US, FERPA laws mean many universities have instructed professors not to send grade information via email. (Plus grades are better discussed in person. Go to the professor’s office hours or make an appointment where you can sit down together and review your work. Then the professor can show you exactly where in the assignment you fell short. Also, you are more likely to come across as interested in learning rather than being a grade grubber just whining to get extra points.) Whenever possible, try to have a “live”, synchronous conversation with your professor. A general rule-of-thumb is: if it is going to take your professor longer to type out a reply to your email than to say it, reconsider your using email. Make use of the professor’s office hours, where you will most likely get an immediate response. Or, if the office hours do not work for you, make an appointment to visit either by phone or in-person at another time. Reserve email for short exchanges.
  • Use your academic account. People are deluged with emails every day, and by using your school account, you will have a better chance of avoiding the spam filter, or your professor skipping right over your email because it is from an unknown address.
  • Include a meaningful subject line. While this is true of every email you send (that you wish to be read), it is especially important when you are attempting to communicate with somebody whose day is busy enough as it is.
    • If your professor does not already have a preferred convention, then a good default is to start with your course department, number, and section (or day and time of course), and then the topic of your email. For example, “PSYC100 Section XX: Question about data collection for project” would be an excellent way fill in the subject line. With your academic account and your well-titled subject, the professor knows who you are and exactly what you want, even before clicking “Open.” This information helps the professor organize and prioritize student emails. Including the section info is especially important for professors who teach multiple sections of the same course. If you cannot remember your section number, then give the day and time the course meets (PSYC1001 MW @ 2 p.m.). Naming the subject of the course may be almost as useless as a blank email, imagine if a good portion of your job was researching and teaching psychology topics, and an email arrives in your inbox titled “psychology”.
  • Always use a greeting. Do not begin with “Hey” or similar colloquialisms. Generally speaking, you should use “Dear Professor Last-name.” If the instructor does not have a PhD, remember that “Mrs.” is appropriate only for married women who prefer it (and that many female academics do not take their husband’s name). “Ms.” is safer, especially if you do not know the instructor’s marital status, and is often preferred regardless.
    • If he or she signs the reply with a first name, it is still best to address him or her as “Dr. Last-name” or “Professor Last-name” in an email. Do not use the professor’s first name unless you have been explicitly invited to do so. Also, please spell your professor’s name correctly.
  • Briefly and politely state the reason why you are emailing. Offer only as much information as is relevant to the situation and likely to interest the professor. Get to the point right away. You should not begin by providing your name in the body of the message. The professor should already know your name from the email headings and from the signature of your message. Not only is such information redundant, but it also makes you sound like an 8-year-old writing to his or her first pen pal if you begin “Hello. My name is….” Instead, get to the point of why you are writing. Be sure to include the name or number of the course (including section info) that you are writing about, in the email as well as in the subject line. This information is worth including in the body of the email because some email programs, like Gmail, do not show the subject once you leave the inbox.
  • If you are emailing with a problem, suggest a solution.  Be considerate of how your solution might create additional work for the professor. For example, you may say, “If you are unable to give me notes for the material, is there another student in your 101 class that you might be able to direct me to who can help instead?”
  • Sign it with your name and your student ID number. Even if you know that your professor knows you by name, use first and last name and include your course and section information below your name. You will save him or her from having to figure out what course and section you are talking about if he or she needs to look up something about the course in order to answer your question
  • Read it over. If you do not have spell-check on your email, then you can copy the message, paste it into a word-processing program, and run spell-check there. Consider not only the mechanics, but also what you have said. Strive for a polite tone, concise language, and clear purpose.
  • If the issue is touchy or the email long, ask someone else to read it, too. Ask if your reader would be offended by such an email if it were directed at him or her.
  • Allow adequate time for a reply. If you are sending only a piece of information (“I have the flu and will not be in class on Tuesday, but Sue will turn in my paper for me.”), then the professor may not consider a reply necessary. In this case, you are done.
  • Once a reply has been received, acknowledge it. A simple “Thank you,” may be enough. If necessary, write a more extensive email using these same guidelines to achieve a professional effect. If the case is not being adequately resolved by email, then ask for an appointment to meet in person.

Additional Tips:

  • Use the words “please” and “thank you”–they really help and are universally appreciated
  • Try to contact a peer first if the purpose of your email is to find out what you missed when absent.
  • Recognize that requests that may take only a few seconds to write and send may take much longer to fulfill. If you want a grade calculated, or a full breakdown of what you missed during an absence, or anything else that may be labor intensive, then offer to come to office hours if the professor prefers.
  • Being polite does not mean being a pushover. If you have a need, make it known. While you should not make a demand, you can certainly make a suggestion. For example, if you have surgery scheduled on the day of the final, then you should do more than merely state your conflict. You should offer to take the exam early, request an incomplete, offer to submit a final project in place of the exam, or present whatever other idea you think would solve the problem to everyone’s satisfaction. Be sure to remain open to other suggestions, as the professor may have ideas of his or her own.
  • Leave enough time for a response. Some professors do not work on campus every day and may not have Internet access at home, so you may need to wait a few days.
  • Follow up. If more than a few days have passed and you have not gotten a response, then it is appropriate to politely ask if the professor received your email and had time to consider what you wrote. It may be more effective to follow up by phone or by an office visit. Do not be afraid to speak up or send a reminder.