CNS is committed to helping students gain experiential learning opportunities and professional training to prepare for meaningful careers.

Come to us to learn about field experience opportunities and strategies to increase your visible value to employers well before you graduate. Take your next step today to a fulfilling career in the sciences tomorrow!

The CNS Career Center will continue to operate remotely throughout the spring 2021 semester. In this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that internship, co-op, and job searching are challenging. Come meet with us sooner rather than later, so we can help you figure out next steps and work with you to bring out your skills and experiences to demonstrate to employers. Please make use of all of our resources:

  • Career Advising appointments (make your 1:1 meeting in Handshake)
  • Handshake is our University-wide career platform. Look there for upcoming career fairs and events, as well as jobs, internships, and co-ops. All students already have a Handshake account, just log in with your UMass Amherst Net ID and password.
  • We have plenty of career resources for you. Look on this page for help with résumé and cover letter writing, networking with LinkedIn, interview help, and so much more.
  • Did you miss our recent Career Workshops? Watch our recorded Résumé, Cover Letter, Internship Searching, and Virtual Career Prep workshops.
  • UMass Amherst has teamed up with LinkedIn Learning to offer free courses and certifications. Learn a new skill or coding language to add to your experiences.
  • Parker Dewey offers micro-internships. Check it out.
  • If you are participating in any field experience (CNA, EMT, internships for credit or pay, or co-op), please complete this form and return it to me ASAP Field Experience Risk Acknowledgement Form.
  • Read your weekly CNS Career Center newsletter, which comes to your inbox every Thursday night at 8 p.m. with the most up-to-date career events, employer information sessions, and internship, co-op, and job listings.

Stay safe,

Janet Bordwin
Director, Career & Professional Development Center
College of Natural Sciences  

Advisors available via Zoom. Make appointment in Handshake.  Then check email and spam folders for a link to a Zoom room.

All Career Fairs in the spring 2021 semester will continue to be virtual on the Career Fair Plus app. Download it now and look for UMass Amherst Fairs. 

Career Fair Plus app for all fall 2020 virtual fairs

Not sure how to prepare for a virtual career fair? Watch a recording of our “How to Ace a Virtual Career Fair” workshop.

Join Handshake!

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The College of Natural Sciences Career Center is on Handshake, the leading career platform. Handshake allows you to find internships, jobs and co-ops, and to get personal recommendations of opportunities based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences, and search history. In addition, Handshake will tell you about all UMass Amherst recruiting events, career fairs, workshops, and other helpful career resources. 

To join Handshake, log in and complete your profile now.

Use these Handshake Tips when setting up your profile.

CNS Career Development Handbook

Career Development Handbook

This comprehensive resource, written specifically for UMass Amherst CNS undergraduates, provides 56 pages of material vital to your career and professional development while at UMass. No CNS student should be without this valuable resource.

Download Your Handbook today and keep it handy on your desktop as both a resource and a reminder of your commitment to success. 

The PDF version is available to all UMass students.




Career Advising

Make Appointment via HandshakeMeet one-on-one with a dedicated Career Advisor who specializes in the sciences. Get answers to your career-related questions, map the next steps on your path, improve your résumé, and ensure that your academic planning and career planning are integrated. We can also show you how to do a targeted internship or job search.

Make a career advising appointment by logging in to Handshake and following these steps:

  • Click on Career Center, then
  • Appointments
  • Schedule a New Appointment
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Career Advising – CNS
  • Choose your appointment date and time

If you need additional help making an appointment, use this guide: How to Make a Career Advising Appointment.

If you can't find an appointment in time for your needs, stop into the CNS Career Center and we'll see if we can help.

Virtual Drop-in Résumé Reviews With Career Peer Advisors

Career Peer Advisors Zoom Drop in

Spring 2021 virtual drop-in hours begin on Feb 1, 2021. They are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1 to 5. Have your résumé critiqued or get answers to your basic career-planning questions from knowledgeable CNS Career Peer Advisors. No appointment needed! Please have a draft of your résumé ready to discuss at your meeting. Meet this semester's CNS Career Peer Advisors.




Quick Help for Frequently Asked Career Questions

How do I...

See the Top 10 Employers of UMass Graduates From My Major?

Know If I'm On-Track With My Career Development at UMass?

Find Internship and Job Opportunities on Handshake?

Learn About the Amazing Faculty Research Happening at UMass?

Get Hired to a Research Position on a Faculty Project at UMass?

Find Scholarships to Support Unpaid & Underpaid Internships?

Find Scholarships to Support Research & Independent Projects?

Find Scholarships Specific to CNS and CNS Majors?

Find a Work-Study or Other On-Campus Job Not Specific to My Major?

See Examples of Résumés for Different CNS Majors?

Write an Effective General Résumé?

Write a Customized Résumé and Cover Letter Targeting a Specific Job?

Write My CV (Curricula Vitae) and See CV Examples?

See an Example of a UMass Amherst CV?

Develop My Personal Brand and My 30-Second Professional Introduction?

Promote My Professional Value Through LinkedIn?

Prepare for a Career Fair?

Prepare for an Interview?

Big Interview Training System

Big Interview ButtonBuild your confidence and prepare for any interview by answering real questions in real time, for dozen of industries, at all experience levels. Get tips for answering questions, and explore a video-training curriculum on all aspects of interviewing. Record, play back, and score your responses to the most common questions in your field.  Download our Big Interview Start Guide.

Clinical Jobs for Pre-Meds

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Mock Interviews In-Person

Use Handshake to schedule an interview practice session with a CNS Career Advisor. We provide field-specific interviews as well as individualized advice for how to be at your best. Bring hard copies of both your résumé and a job description to your appointment. You can also read our Handbook section on Preparing for an Interviewand practice before your appointment with Big Interview.

Database of Completed CNS Internships and Research

On this Database of Completed CNS Internships and Research, you can see where your fellow students found field experience and research opportunities. Read student reviews of completed internships, at companies large and small, across the sciences, and get some ideas for where you can go next.

Please add your internship experience to the database by filling out this Student Survey.

Career Fairs & Professional Development Workshops

Bringing your A-game to a career fair takes research and practice. See our Handbook sections on Making Professional Contacts at a Career Fair and Dressing Professionally. Then get ready to showcase your best self. There are many career fairs on and off the UMass Amherst campus, including the UMass Career Blast, held every February in the Campus Center, with more than 130 well-known companies in attendance. Check Handshake and the Central Career Services Events Calendar for updates. We also offer smaller career fairs throughout the year, focused on life sciences, computer sciences, building and construction technology, engineering, and other STEM fields. Check Handshake for any updates.


Online Career Assessment Tools

Develop an accurate picture of your personal strengths, abilities, and interests using the self-assessment tools at Central Career Services. Research careers compatible with your personality, academic preparation, interests, and skills. Then use Handshake to make an appointment with a CNS Career Advisor to review your results and to help you better focus your career interests.

On-Campus Recruiting

There will be no in-person on-campus recruiting for the fall 2020.  But, many recruiters will be recruiting and interviewing  UMass students virtually. Apply online through Handshake.

Support for Recent Alumni

Receive the full support of the CNS Career & Professional Development Center for three months after your graduation date.  Recent CNS alumni can schedule an appointment in Handshake.  UMass alumni also have lifetime access to Handshake, as well as to a range of career development services provided by the Alumni Association.

Faculty: Collaborate With Us on Career Skills Workshops

Professors, would you like to collaborate with us to teach résumé and cover letter writing skills specific to your scientific area in your classes? Or show your students how to develop their professional network, build their online presence, create a personal brand, dress for success, and gain confidence for interviewing? We can also show you the latest in online and offline job search methods. Let us know how we can work together. Contact Janet Bordwin at to discuss your presentation.

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Name Office Contact
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321 Morrill II
(413) 545-1545
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321 Morrill II
(413) 545-3102
Joe Van Allen
321 Morrill II
(413) 545-3121