Career Columns: ASIP Deadline Approaches

As some of you may or may not know, the deadline for Amherst Select Internship Program is fast approaching. So the PCA’s thought we would dedicate this week’s article toward the program; what it is, who’s eligible and how the application process works. Hopefully, after you’re finished reading, all your lingering questions will be answered.

Amherst Select gives accepted students access to a database of select internships offered by alumni, parents of students and “friends” of the college. The Career Center and CCE vet internships so that we can offer you the high quality opportunities. Furthermore, once accepted, you will receive extra interview and cover letter help to ensure you are prepared to apply not just for Amherst Select internships but also for any future positions. Finally, once you are accepted into the program you are in for the rest of your time at Amherst.

The application process is relatively straightforward, but there are a few changes from previous years. There are two parts to the application, one being a web form that consists of a few questions about your goals and interests for a summer internship. This is meant to gauge students’ interest to help develop the pool of positions available. The second part of the application is the resume submission through Quest. To complete this step you must edit your resume and have it approved by a PCA or career advisor, update your QUEST profile, and upload your resume to QUEST. As such, you should not have your resume reviewed on the same day as the deadline. We suggest that you have your resume approved immediately, to ensure your QUEST profile will be updated before the 5 p.m. deadline on Nov. 2. Resumes reviewed any later are not guaranteed approval in time.

Another change from previous years is that there are no subsequent deadlines for Amherst Select. This is the only deadline for the year and late applications will not be accepted. Once your resume is accepted and uploaded, simply search ‘Amherst Select Internship Program’ in QUEST and hit apply for the “position.”

All first years, sophomores and juniors are eligible and encouraged to apply. Furthermore, anyone not accepted can re-apply next year. All upperclassmen who were admitted to Amherst Select in previous years are still members, but do need to have their resume approved in Quest before having access to the ASIP internships. It is in their best interest to get approved sooner rather than later.

To ensure that all interested students can apply, the PCAs are offering extra open hours. We will have four dorm events next week consisting of resume workshops and one-on-one review. Keep your eyes open for posters advertising time and location.
We hope this article has been of some help and good luck with your Amherst Select Internship Program application.