CNS Career Center

CNS is committed to help students gain experiential opportunities and professional training and prepare for meaningful careers in the sciences.

Come to us for 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!

Name Office Contact
Photo of Nessim Watson
Morrill III, Room 215
(413) 545-2238

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Career Coaching

Feeling lost? Meet one-on-one with a dedicated career advisor specialized to the sciences. Get answers to your career-related questions, map the next steps on your path, and ensure that your academic planning and career planning are integrated.

Walk-In Resume Reviews

Get your resume critiqued by knowledgeable peer advisors any weekday from 1:00-4:00 pm in Goodell 511 while classes are in session. No appointment needed!

Career Skills Workshops

Collaborate with us in your classes to learn resume and cover letter writing skills specific to your scientific area, develop your professional network, build your online presence, create a personal brand, dress for success, and gain confidence for interviewing. We’ll show you the latest in online and offline job search methods.

CNS Internship Database

On the CNS Internship Database, see where your fellow students found their field experience opportunities. Read student reviews of completed commitments, at companies large and small, across the sciences.

UMass Job/Internship Database

Enjoy exclusive student and alumni access to CareerConnect, our searchable database organized by major and updated daily with open positions and internship opportunities. Find an opportunity and apply directly through our website!

Your Personal Career Portfolio

Explore your online CareerConnect account, a tool exclusive to UMass Amherst students. Post resumes, writing samples, skills, and career goals. CareerConnect will send you recommended opportunities matching the information in your portfolio.

Big Interview Training System

Record, play back, and score your responses to the most common interview questions using Big Interview. Practice virtual interviewing for dozens of industries at all experience levels, get tips for answering specific questions, and explore a comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job or internship.

In-person Interviews

Prepare for your job interview by scheduling a practice session with your CNS career advisor.  We provide field-specific interviews as well as individualized advice for how to be at your best. Record and review your responses to potential interview questions using our video streaming technology.

On-Campus Recruiting

Schedule your on-campus interview with one of many employers that visit our campus year round. We encourage our science employers to browse our CNS students’ career profiles by major. Imagine your future employer finding you before you find them!

Specialized Career Fairs

Bring your A Game to the largest career fair in Western Massachusetts. Over 130 well-known companies regularly come to UMass Amherst to recruit our majors. We also run smaller career fairs throughout the year, focusing on the Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Engineering, and other STEM majors.

Networking Opportunities

Network with alumni and industry experts invited to speak on campus. Gain first-hand advice from successful professionals in your field. Connect with an alumni mentor in your industry from anywhere in the world using our online UMass Amherst Alumni Advisor Network.

Online Career Tools

Develop an accurate picture of your personal strengths, abilities and interests using our interactive self-assessment tools online. Research careers compatible with your own personality, academic preparation, interests, and skills.

CNS Student Success Workshops

The CNS Advising Center teams up with the CNS Career Center to provide a range of workshops throughout each semester. CNS Student Success Workshops Spring 2017

Support for Recent Alumni

Get full support from the CNS Career Center for 6 months after your graduation date. Recent CNS alumni can email njwatson@umass.edu to schedule an appointment. UMass alumni also have lifetime access to CareerConnect, as well as a range of career development services provided by the Alumni Association.