Planning for Summer

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Special Edition

It's never too early to begin planning for summer! 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. We look forward to hearing about your plans!

Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs

Where will I live?

Student cookingIf 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 (but be sure to review their guidelines on avoiding a scam). 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.

Finding an internship

Why should I think about doing an internship?

Student cookingAn 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. How do I make it happen?

  1. Think about the kind of internship experience you would like to have, and where (geographically) you would like to be. 
  2. Research internship and volunteer possibilities. 
  3. Prepare your application materials. 
  4. Apply!

Not sure how to do all this?  Relax, the Career Options Resource Center (CORC) is here to help you:

Come visit!  CORC is on the third floor of the library and is open Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. Drop-in hours with counselors are every Wednesday from noon-1 p.m.

Don’t be shy about signing up for an appointment, even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. CORC counselors will work with you to generate ideas, and can make suggestions that won't be found online. They will also help you with your application materials such as cover letters and resumes. Contact CORC at,, or 413.559.5445.

Getting a job

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

Think "six degrees of separation" by putting the word out that you’re looking for a summer job. Check in with former employers about returning. Touch 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. Share your resume at family gatherings, or send out a group email.

Venturing Beyond Home

Apply the creativity and resourcefulness you use as a Hampshire student to your summer job search. Brainstorm affordable ways to live somewhere new and gain different experiences and perspectives than you would 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 classes end. Some offices on campus hire summer staff, and it’s often true that “the early bird gets the worm.”

Great Websites

Check out these great sites for finding summer work around the country and internationally:,,,,,, and And don’t forget Hampshire’s own database, Hamplink, which also gives you access to thousands of positions on the Nationwide Internships Consortium. Log in through the CORC homepage.

Summer study abroad opportunities

Hampshire Faculty-led, Short-term Field Courses – Apply by March 3rd!

Gain hands-on experience, broaden your perspective, and enrich your education by taking a Hampshire faculty-led course abroad in May/summer. The 2017 May/Summer Short-term Field Courses are:

Details and costs vary for each course. 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?

Group of study abroad students

  • Attend the Short-term Field Course Interest Session: Wednesday, February 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Airport Lounge
  • Contact with any questions you may have
  • Call us to schedule an advising appointment: 413.559.5542
  • Visit GEO in the Merrill Student Life Center

Other Summer Abroad Options

Learn a language, teach abroad, find an internship, volunteer, or participate in a study abroad program!  There are countless opportunities to spend your summer in a new and engaging environment.

Study abroad student group

Explore Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad and Beyond

Thinking of study abroad in the future?

globesIt’s never too early to start thinking about studying abroad, and summer is often a good time to begin researching options for the future.

  • Attend a GEO Navigating Study Abroad information session hosted Thursdays at 4 p.m. to get started!
  • View our study abroad map showing where Hampshire programs are located and where students are going on international field study. 
  • Browse Programs by Area of Study

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 with questions.


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