Experiential

Take your learning outside the classroom with experiential opportunities that bring your studies to life – like study abroad or domestic exchange, working as a research or teaching assistant, civic engagement and service learning courses, and doing a thesis or other capstone work. Don’t think of these as “extras.” They’re an integral part of your education – promoting personal growth and academic success – and they need not cost more than you pay for tuition.

Explore Your Experiential Pathways

Joining clubs, participating in sports, serving on house council, and volunteering on campus or in the community keep you in balance and help you to meet like-minded people. Plus, when it comes time to apply for internships and jobs, you’ll need to present yourself as an interesting and engaged person who has done more than just coursework.  Whatever organizations you decide to join, watch for opportunities to gain leadership experience and develop new skills. You’ll gain confidence, experience, and connections that will engage you now and prepare you for jobs and internships down the road.

This work generally begins with an on-campus office outside of your major department, but your major academic advisors or will often be part of the conversation. The SBS Pathways Peers Advising Interns can also help your start your exploration.

Congratulations, Graduates!

UMass Amherst Class of 2022 – you did it!!!  We’re so proud of you and of all you have accomplished during your time at UMass – both in-person and remotely!

This has been a truly unprecedented time to be a …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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UMass’s Leading Women of Tomorrow club is looking for a Director of Public Relations and a Treasurer

UMass’s Leading Women of Tomorrow club is looking for a Director of Public Relations and a Treasurer. If you support increased female representation in leadership positions and want to gain administrative experience, we highly encourage you to apply by Spring …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Customize Your SBS Pathways Weekly Email Content!

Every Wednesday at around 11:00 am, you receive a newsy email from the SBS Pathways Center!  It contains information on upcoming events, jobs and internships, articles of interest, student stories, etc.

YOU have the ability to curate the content that …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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This resource contains a variety of sample resumes that are appropriate for SBS majors.  Use these as a formatting guide.  …

SBS Peer Advising Interns

SBS Pathways Center Peer Advising Interns are SBS students who can provide useful insight into how to plan your SBS Pathways, which include planning for your academic, experiential, and career and professional development opportunities. Our Peer Advisors come from all different places and backgrounds, have various SBS majors, and are sophomores, juniors and seniors. Read their bios below!

Peer Advising drop-in hours are M-W 10-4, and Th/F 10-2 in The SBS Pathways Center in 128 Thompson. You can also submit a question to the peers via the button below.