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New Student News: Planning for Summer



It's never too early to begin planning for summer, and January is a great time to begin the process! While internship and job application deadlines usually start in November and continue through May, many deadlines fall in February and March.

This special edition of the New Student News has been created to help you get a head start in thinking about summer jobs, internships, study abroad opportunities, and housing. Remember: The early bird gets the worm!

 -- Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs

If you’re not going to be living with family for the summer, housing can be a challenge to find. Looking in the Amherst area? Try the University of Massachusetts housing referrals website. You can also check out ads on Craigslist. Also, you can often find intranet announcements in the spring semester for faculty members going away for the summer looking for people to sublet their houses or, even better, housesit.

Looking for housing nationally? Scoping out websites such as Craigslist, where there are frequent posts, and where you can post a “room wanted” ad yourself, are often your best bet. Because you are only looking for a temporary place to live, subletting (temporarily renting someone's place from the tenant while he or she is away) can be a good option, and sublet apartments or rooms often come furnished. Ask the people you are going to be working with for their recommendations for local websites, newspapers, and community bulletin boards where you can find out about rooms for rent.

As you think about your summer housing, remember:
  • » Renting a room is cheaper than renting a whole apartment for just one person.
  • » If you can live with a few friends or other folks in an apartment, you may end up paying less per person than if you rented a room by yourself. For example, you might pay $675/month in Amherst for a one-room studio for one person, or $1200/month for a two-story, two-bedroom apartment, which is only $300/month per person if you lived with three roommates.
  • » Think about what kind of a place you are looking for. Do you need to live alone? Do you have friends to live with? What about living with a family?
  • » Are you willing to work for your room? Many people are interested in having live-in childcare assistance, or other types of jobs that offer a place to stay in return for duties around the house.

Why should I think about doing an internship?
An internship is a great way to get hands-on experience in your interest area and to build your resume. In this tough economy, graduates who have had internship experience have a much greater chance of landing a job. Often, Hampshire students find that their internship experience helps clarify their interests and shape their Div. II and Div. III work.

What if I can’t afford to do an internship?
Not all internships are unpaid; in fact, some are very well paid and even offer housing. If you can find cheap or free housing (try living with family or friends), think about working a part-time paid job while also doing an unpaid internship. Even if you aren’t doing a formal internship, volunteering a few hours a week for an organization you are passionate about is a great way to get experience.

I want to do an internship. Where do I start?

You can either start by checking out the internships section of the CORC website, or by making an appointment with a CORC counselor. The CORC website has a list of searchable internship databases where you will find thousands of paid and unpaid internship opportunities. The website also has info about funding and housing. Make sure to visit Hamplink, Hampshire's own internship database, and to join CORC’s internship seeker’s email list. CORC counselors will help you navigate the internship resources and direct you towards the ones that will be most helpful. Counselors will also give you other ideas that are not on the website, and help you with your application materials. Don’t be shy about signing up for an appointment, even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for!

How do I make an appointment with a CORC counselor?
Easy! Go to CORC's online appointment scheduler and sign up for a day and time. If you can’t find an appointment that works for you, or you have trouble using the online system, stop by or call x5445 to talk to someone in the office. The CORC staff will do their best to accommodate you.

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Finding a summer job can be challenging when there’s a lot of competition. Two important tips: Network with people you know, and start early. All it takes is one “yes” and you’ll be on your way!

Your Home Network
Check in with a former employer and tell her or him you’d like to come back this summer. Past employers will be interested because you already know the ropes. Also consider touching base with all the people in your life who might have job connections in your hometown: teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, family doctor, the dog’s vet, your parents’ friends, your friends’ parents, and so on. Tell them what you’re hoping to do this summer and ask them to be on the lookout for you. Hand out your resume (or a 3x5 card with a brief job objective and your contact information) at family gatherings, or send out a group email. No kidding! Get everyone at home on board.

Venturing Beyond
Looking to venture beyond the known? Put the creativity and resourcefulness you need and use as a Hampshire student to use in your summer job search. Brainstorm affordable ways to live somewhere new and gain different experiences and perspectives than you might at home. See if you can negotiate a place to stay with friends or relatives in other parts of the country or abroad. Or look for jobs that offer room and board, such as summer camps and other residential youth programs.

Staying in the Valley
One way to beat out at least some of the competition is to start your job search early rather than waiting for the school year to end. Consider telling an employer that you can work a few hours a week now and increase your hours after school gets out. Many offices on campus are looking for summer help, and often the early bird gets the worm--so ask about summer jobs early. You can also check out CORC’s page of online resources for finding local jobs.

Great Websites
Check out these great sites for finding summer work around the country and internationally: summerjob.com, coolworks.com, snagajob.com, summercampstaff.com, transitionsabroad.com, goodfoodjobs.com, and Backdoorjobs.com. And don’t forget Hampshire’s own database, Hamplink, a portal to the Nationwide Internships Consortium, both of which you can access through the CORC website.








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Faculty-led, Short-term Field Courses
Broaden your perspective and enrich your education by taking a Hampshire faculty-led course abroad! The global education office (GEO) offers several short-term field courses that begin in May and last between two to eight weeks. Details and costs vary for each course. See website for more information. Applications due to GEO by March 6. The 2014 May/Summer Short-term Field Courses are:

• (China) Summer Intensive Chinese Program
• (Colombia) Architecture of Bamboo
• (France) Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris: Geographies of Identity
• (the Netherlands) International Human Rights Tribunals
• (Thailand) Creative Collaborations: HIV and Sexual Health in Northern Thailand

Students who receive need-based aid from Hampshire are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the global education office to help offset the program fee.

Want to know more? Stop by GEO on the 1st floor of the Merrill Student Life Center or attend the information session on Tuesday, February 18 at noon in the FPH staff/faculty lounge.

Other Summer Abroad Options
Many students opt to do internships, language learning, study programs, or other learning activities abroad during the summer. How these outside learning experiences might be incorporated into a student's academic program may be negotiated with the student's faculty committee. Check out GEO’s website to search for study abroad programs, find internship and volunteer opportunities, or learn about upcoming events.

Thinking of study abroad in the future?
Attend a Navigating Study Abroad information session! Hosted every Thursday at 4 p.m. in GEO (1st floor, Merrill Student Life Center). These sessions will give you an introduction to studying abroad, highlight financing and funding options, and help you think about how short or longer-term experiences can be integrated into your academic program. It’s never too early to start thinking about studying abroad, and summer is often a good time to begin researching options for the future.

Students are encouraged to explore the wealth of information and resources on our website. In addition, please stop by GEO any time to talk to a student ambassador, browse our resource library, or set up an appointment with a GEO staff member. This coming semester GEO will also be hosting info tables about Hampshire programs as well as outside study abroad programs. For a complete schedule of who’s coming to campus, visit the GEO events calendar.



This edition of the New Student News was produced by the office of new student programs in conjunction with the career options resource center and the global education office. Contact us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu with questions.


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