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Are you thinking about your future but not sure how to get started? Start with you! Assessing yourself and what you want in your next step before you take it is a key part of good planning, whether you’re launching a job or internship search, thinking of taking time off or considering further study.


Skills, Interests, Values & Personality

When considering your professional and personal future, it's helpful to think about your skills, interests, values and personality.

  • Skills are competencies developed through everything you do: jobs and internships, activities, courses and pastimes. A Smith degree builds a variety of highly marketable skills, some specific to a major and others gained across the curriculum.
  • Interests are issues, activities or fields of knowledge important to you. Your interests may be part of your work or remain as pastimes. Connecting with people who share your interests is an important part of researching careers, opportunities, and options for further study.
  • Values are qualities you consider important about your work and life. For example, some people enjoy working as part of a team, while others prefer to work independently. Your values influence how appealing you find different work settings and can contribute to your definition of success.
  • Personality determines how you behave in interactions at school, work and in your personal life. Knowing more about your personality can help you identify careers and fields of study that might be a good fit.

Lazarus Center Tools for Self-Assessment

Our Self-Assessment Road Map can help you start identifying your skills, interests and values.

SkillScan is a card sort exercise a career adviser can guide you through. It divides skills into different clusters and highlights careers in which those skills are often used.

The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) suggests work environments, careers and academic fields you might enjoy based on your personality type. It examines your personality preferences across four areas: What energizes you? How do you take in information? How do you make decisions? How do you organize yourself? 

Schedule an appointment with a career adviser to explore the Self-Assessment Road Map, SkillScan, or MBTI in more depth. Call 413-585-2582 or schedule in Handshake.

Research & Talk with Professionals

Once you have more information about yourself, we suggest researching different career fields (see below), reading a variety of job and internship descriptions, and talking with people whose careers interest you during informational interviews. It is extremely valuable to talk with professionals who work in your field of interest. Many Smith alumnae are willing to meet with current students. See the Networking section below to get started.
 

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Career Fields

Advertising

American Association of Advertising Agencies features agency news, professional events, industry info and a career center.

American Advertising Federation offers industry news and a job bank.

Advertising Educational Foundation explores career paths in advertising and advice from professionals on getting started.

AdAge.com features industry news, trends, and jobs.

She Runs It encourages and promotes women's roles in advertising, marketing, media and tech.

Arts Administration

New York Foundation for the Arts

Idealist.org

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)

Art Education

Art Jobs

Schoolspring.com job site for teaching arts within a school setting.

National Arts Education Associaton

Americans for the Arts

Architecture 

The American Institue of Architects

The National Association of Minority Architects

Archinect a top online destination for progressive-design oriented students, architects, educators, and fans.

Architizer jobs in architecture from around the world.

Interior Design

International Interior Design Association

The Professional Association for Interior Designers

Design & Illustration

Coroflot a world of creative work, design jobs of all kinds.

Dribble a resource to discover and connect with designers and jobs worldwide.

The Professional Association for Design premier professional association for those in and those aspiring to enter the design field.

Graphic Design and Publishing Center resources for graphic designers, web designers, typographers, and photographers.

Museums & Galleries

American Alliance of Museums professional association with job board.

Arts Intern supports engaging, challenging, career-building internships at cultural organizations.

Museum Employment Resource Center

Global Museum news, views and vacancies in the museum world.

Fashion & Lifestyle

WWD Careers

Style Careers

Fashion Industry Association

Sustainable Fashion Directory

The Council of Fashion Designers of America

Fine Art

Artist Year National service for citizen-artists. ArtistYear is the first national AmeriCorps organization that enables artists to dedicate themselves to a year of service to their country. Our mission is to develop, support, and place recent higher-education arts graduates across artistic disciplines at low-income schools as dedicated teaching artists, to ensure every underserved student in America has arts education through a national service arts corps.

Hire Culture  Cultural employment listings in Massachusetts offered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

College Art Association

Professional Associations for Artists

Art Frankly Global art community to post art jobs, find spaces and discover opportunities.

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services.

Performing Arts

Backstage The largest online casting platform in the US and the most trusted place for actors and performers to find jobs and career advice.

Mandy.com #1 job platform for cast, crew and creative professionals.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Women Arts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms.

Stage Source provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston and New England region.

The American Institute of Architects - Professional association with career information for those in and entering the field. See also Architect, the AIA's online magazine.

American Planning Association - Career resources, salary, and certification information. 

The American Society of Interior Designers - Career information, professional organizations, and resources on sustainable design.

Architecture 2030 - A non-profit committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed, and constructed.

Architectural Record - News, commentary, criticism, and continuing-education and Women in Architecture

Landscape Architecture 

American Public Gardens Association - Visit the Career Center for career and internship opportunities.

American Society of Landscape Architects - Career information, landscape firms by state, and the latest on sustainable design.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers - Information about certification and resources on sustainability and the US Green Building Council

Arts & Art Administration

Artists Resource Guide - Covering several different arts and media careers.

ArtistYear - National service for citizen-artists. ArtistYear is the first national AmeriCorps organization that enables artists to dedicate themselves to a year of service to their country. Our mission is to develop, support, and place recent higher-education arts graduates across artistic disciplines at low-income schools as dedicated teaching artists, to ensure every underserved student in America has arts education through a national service arts corps.

ArtSearch - Search for arts jobs by category and location; log-in info located in Handshake

hireCulture.org - Cultural employment listings in Massachusetts offered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

New York Foundation for the Arts - Resources, professional development, jobs, and internships in New York and elsewhere.

Museums

American Alliance of Museums - Salary information, networking, career management and professional development resources. Search museums or visit the JobHQ

New England Museum Association - Professional development, conferences, promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community. NEMA Job & Internship listings.

Performing Arts

CyberDance - Links to dance resources from classical ballet to modern dance.

Backstage.com - The largest online casting platform in the US and the most trusted place for actors and performers to find jobs and career advice.

League of American Orchestras - For those looking to develop a career in orchestra administration or conducting. Visit their Jobs Center for jobs, internships, resume tips and job descriptions for orchestra administration.

MusicalAmerica.com - Career Center, articles, industry contacts, and more.

Offstagejobs.com- Internship and job listings for behind-the-scenes theatre positions.

Visual Arts & Design

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) - Premier professional association for those in and those aspiring to enter the design field

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - For students, designers, industry representatives, and educators committed to interior design.

Graphic Design & Publishing Center - Resources for graphic designers, web designers, typographers, and photographers.

Out for Undergrad Tech Conference An opportunity for high-achieving LGBTQ+ to attend a 3-day conference with leading tech firms

Women Who Code Our mission is to inspire women to excel in technology careers.

Women in Technology International An organization committed to advancing women's career develop by providing access to a network of professional women across all sectors of technology

Biotechnology

Bio.org - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world's largest biotechnology organization. The mission of BIO is to be the champion of biotechnology and the advocate for its member organizations - both large and small.

BioSpace.com - BioSpace is a leading online community for industry news and careers for life science professionals.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

mediLexion.com - International directory of pharmaceutical employers.

Computer Science

National Science Foundation: Computer Science

Smith College Computer Science Career Network - Powered by AfterCollege, the Career Network is a free resource that features relevant jobs and internships from employers specifically interested in reaching Smith students and alumni.

Data Science Careers

Code Academy

Dice.com - A top job database for tech professionals
 

 


Journalism

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) - Professional association of magazine journalists. Sponsors the ASME Magazine Internship program, a 10-week summer program (annual application due date is typically December 1).

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Jobline - Database of jobs in public media.

Journalism.org - The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. Includes job links and list of j-schools.

JournalismJobs.com - Search jobs in newspaper, TV/Radio, Magazines, Publishing, Online Media, Public Relations, Not-for-Profit and more.

Marketing

AdAge is a daily must-read for an influential audience of decision makers and disruptors across the marketing and media landscape.

American Marketing Association

Fast Company is the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, leadership, and design.

Market Research

LinkedIn.com

Ad Council to find insights that can change minds, spark new behaviors and move the country forward.

Esomar is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the value of market, opinion and social research and data analytics.

Public Relations

The Public Relations Society of America Job Site

American Marketing Assoication

The Public Relations Society of America

The Association for Women in Communications AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. Visit their job board.

Smith College Computer Science Career Network - Powered by AfterCollege, the Career Network is a free resource that features relevant jobs and internships from employers specifically interested in reaching Smith students and alumni.

Dice.com - A top job database for tech professionals

CreativeHeads.net - Search jobs in the Video Game, Animation, TV & Film, and 3D Technology & Software Tools industries

Women in Technology International - WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. Hundreds of great resources!

Consulting is an industry focused on helping clients and organizations solve problems. Examples of consulting careers include, but are not limited to, management/strategy, economic, Information technology (IT), and Human Resources/staffing. Consultants offer skills in assessing and solving business problems and are hired by companies who need their expertise and outside perspective.

Association of Management Consulting Firms - International association of firms engaged in the practice of consulting to management.

Consulting Magazine - Features the latest information on consulting careers, thought leadership, and corporate strategies. The magazine’s annual features include The Top 25 Most Influential Consultants, and The Best Firms to Work For - which receives responses from over 10,000 individual consultants about their careers.

Institute of Management Consultants USA - Education, resources, news.

Professional and Technical Consultants Association - Non-profit organization created specifically to help businesses and independent consultants connect.

Women in Consulting – Non-profit affiliation of business consultants, find a job or a consultant.

Case Interviews

During a case interview, the interviewer poses a problem or question and asks the candidate to explain the steps she would take to solve it. The interviewer may not be seeking a specific “correct” answer, but instead uses the case to evaluate the candidate’s problem solving skills, logical reasoning, numerical agility and creativity, and ability to brainstorm.

Many top consulting firms offer case interview resources online:

Accenture Tips for a Successful Interview.

Bain & Company Crack the Case.

Victor Cheng, CaseInterview.com

Boston Consulting Group - Check out the careers section for career path info, internships, training, and more.

Deloitte - Recruitment process, resume and interview tips, behavioral interviews, Case Interview Prep Tool.

McKinsey & Company McKinsey & Company Interview Tips Specific resources for case interviewing. Includes videos, online case studies, practice test, and more.

Management Consulting Case Interview formula Flash Cards

K-12

Nemnet aspires to be the premier resource in the recruitment of teachers, administrators and coaches of color.

Massachusetts Teachers Association - Most state have similar associations for job postings, state education news, and professional development resources.

SchoolSpring and Teachers-Teachers.com - Popular teaching and administration job boards.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) - Visit the Career Center for job openings.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools - Learn about the charter school movement, and check out the job board for openings.

Teach-Now.com offers a nine-month post-baccalaureate teacher preparation certificate program and multiple 12-month master’s degree programs. 

Library & Archives

American Library Association ALA Accredited programs, education options, scholarships, careers in librarianship, online learning and more.

Association of Information Science & Technology

Society of American Archivists - Career Center - Job and internship search and alerts and career learning center.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Library journal

Higher Education

HigherEdJobs.com - College and university administrative, staff, and faculty positions.

The Chronicle of Higher Education - The latest news in higher education, job postings, and more.

NASPA Student Affairs Administrators  - the placement exchange job board and resources

International Education

Council on Educational Exchange (CIEE) Long-standing programs which place students in teaching positions abroad.

United World College brings together young people from all backgrounds inspiring them to become agents of positive change

International Language Institute - Northampton-based language and teacher training program.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange

Experiential & Non-formal Education

Association for Experiential Education

NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that seeks to help you step forward boldly as a leader.

National Society for Experiential Education

Gap Year Association

Social Science

Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) - a collection of social science associations.

National Social Science Association - one of the largest interdisciplinary educational associations in the United States.

Social Science History Association - an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies.

Job & Internships

American Council of Engineering Companies job board

EngineerJobs - Job listings for engineers and technical professionals by state and job function.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) - Nationwide STEM internship program for undergraduates. Opportunities at all 12 NASA research centers and facilities.

National Science Foundation (NSF) - Provides funding for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, among others.

Washington D.C. Internships for Engineers (WISE) - Engineering research internships in technology and public policy. Must be US citizen or have permanent residency status.

Professional Organizations

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) - Offers valuable information about the field including upcoming conferences, PE license requirements, links to national engineering organizations, listings of professional private practice engineers and a job board.

National Society of Black Engineers  -The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - A well-established professional association for women in engineering. Includes job listings, career information, publications, and links.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Represents more than 133,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. Features a careers database.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE) - the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Includes the IEEE Job Site.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - one-stop resource for job hunting strategies, career management, workplace trends & advice and a job board dedicated to Mechanical Engineers.


Additional Resources

Engineer Girl

Vault Guide Engineer

Engineering Consulting

Engineering Ink Magazine

Entrepreneurship generally refers to transforming a conceptual idea to an actual new business or organization. Roles in a start-up environment can span many industries and job functions. But, the common factors in these careers are high-paced, ambiguous environments where you have to quickly move from ideas to actions. 

Entrepreneur.com - Business ideas, tools and services, and a women’s entrepreneurship center.

Entrepreneurship.org - A resource for entrepreneurs, policy-makers, inventors, mentors, researchers, and academics around the world.

Idea Cafe - Business ideas, financing, marketing, grants, loans and more.

Writing a Business Plan - The Small Business Association's comprehensive guide to creating a business plan.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)the largest ongoing study of entrepreneurial dynamics in the world

Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiatives& the Entrepreneurship Initiative is to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by fostering an educational environment among participating colleges and universities that informs, supports, and inspires students, and by recognizing and awarding students who display entrepreneurial spirit.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

U.S Small Business Administration

Center for Women & Enterprise

Echoing Green We work at the intersection of social justice and social innovation, connecting our expertise and global networks to emerging leaders creating long-lasting social change.

Ewing Marion Kauffman FoundationWe work with entrepreneurs, empower them with tools and resources, and work to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.

 

American Economics Association (AEA) Careers in Economics- This brief educational video will be of interest to students who are evaluating career options in economics or may have wondered what types of professionals utilize economics in various fields.

American Mathematical Society - Research, publications, and jobs, and resources for Undergraduates in Mathematics

Association for Women in Mathematics encourages women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promotes equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences. Visit the Careers Resources page for readings, resources, helpful links and job listings.

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) - Membership, publications, professional development, meetings, organization, competitions and funding resources. Visit the Careers page for career profiles, career statistics, jobs in applied mathematics, and other information.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Women and Mathematics

Women Do Math

Mathematics Journal

Math News

The financial services industry is multifaceted, offering a variety of positions that cater to different skills and interests, along with sub-industries that encompass niche opportunities. Researching the possibilities in financial services will help you to land the job that is most compatible with your interests and skills. Some of the roles in financial careers include: Commercial Banking, Economics, Hedge Funds, Insurance, Investment Banking, Investment Management, Mutual Funds, Private Equity, Sales and Trading, Venture Capital, and Wealth Management (visit vault.com for complete descriptions)

CFA Institute

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Financial Management Association A section specifically for undergrads with links to Finance Associations, Conferences, and Publications.

Institute of Financial Consultants

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Women in Banking and Finance

Wall Street Oasis

Seeking Alpha

Career Journal from The Wall Street Journal - This excellent site includes a searchable database of job listings, advice from career columnists, comprehensive salary information by industry, and articles on electronic job hunting. 

Commercial Banking

Commercial banks make loans to the full spectrum of borrowers, from private individuals to major corporations, as well as to municipal, regional, and national agencies. This segment of the industry offers a wide variety of career opportunities, including positions in management, sales, customer service, and technical support.

Banking Associations of the World - Bankersalmanac.com

Investopedia

Investment Banking

Investment Banking is the business of raising capital for individuals, corporations, and governments by underwriting or acting as the client’s agent in the issuance of securities. Investment bankers also advise clients on financing and merger alternatives. When working with clients, an investment banker offers his or her expert advice on pricing securities, files registration documents with government agencies, and communicates periodically with investors.

New York Bankers Association (NYBA)

Citi: Women in Sales & Trading

Investopedia, A Forbes Media Co. - dictionary, tutorials, exam prep, articles, and stock info

JPMorgan: Day in the Life of a Trader

Nasdaq The Nasdaq Stock Market, the world's first electronic stock market, is the fastest-growing stock market in the U.S. and the market of choice for business industry leaders worldwide. Surf this site for great interview preparation.

Private Equity Research Analyst

Private equity (PE) research analysts and associates conduct research on potential investment targets (i.e., companies to purchase outright or invest in) for PE funds. These investment targets are provided by their employer, and analysts and associates are also expected to generate their own ideas about potential acquisition targets. They also conduct due diligence on primary funds and other investments, monitor the performance of portfolio companies and make suggestions for improvement, and perform other tasks as assigned by managing partners. At some firms, the terms “analyst” and “associate” are used interchangeably. At other employers, these titles entail specific job duties or levels of experience.

American Investment Council

Forte

Wealth & Investment Management

Wealth management is a high-level professional service that combines financial and investment advice, accounting and tax services, retirement planning, and legal or estate planning. Wealth management professionals may work with stocks, bonds, mutual funds, investment accounts, private equity, or hedge funds.

American Wealth Management Association

Economists

American Association of Finance and Accounting - The largest and oldest alliance of executive search firms specializing in the placement of finance and accounting professionals.

American Economics Association (AEA) Careers in Economics - This brief educational video will be of interest to students who are evaluating career options in economics or may have wondered what types of professionals utilize economics in various fields.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Committed to member service and the public interest, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have been serving the accounting profession since 1887. No matter where your career takes you, the AICPA is there to provide the training, professional skills, programs, services and publications you need to keep you at the top of your professional life. Membership required

American Woman’s Society of CPAs- The American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) is a national organization dedicated to serving all women CPAs. The AWSCPA provides a supportive environment and valuable resources for members to achieve their personal and professional goals through various opportunities, including scholarships and networking

Association for Financial Professionals - Treasury and corporate finance; AFP provides professional certification, continuing education, public policy research, development of industry standards, financial tools and publications, training and career development, and representation to legislators and regulators.

Job Boards

USAJOBS.gov - The federal government's official site for entry-level and experienced job hunters.

Idealist.org - Comprehensive non-profit job resource. Keyword for organizations, jobs, and internships in public policy and by policy issue.

Public Service Careers - Opportunities, advice, and links in government, policy, NGOs, and more.

Stanford Haas Center for Public Service Fellowships, Internships, and Service Programs database The FISP database is an online searchable database containing approximately 500 fellowships, internships, and other established service programs collected from Internet and print resources.

Professional Organizations 

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management

American Society for Public Administration

Engaging Local Government Leaders

Additional Resources

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) aims to increase the number of women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of the public policy process.

Partnership for Public Service nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people.

GovLoop We aim to inspire public sector professionals to better service by acting as the knowledge network for government.

Health Professions Advising at Smith

Centers for Disease Control - News topics and information about employment and educational opportunities.

ExploreHealthCareers.org - Explore various health professions and tips to making the most of an internship, etc.

MedZilla.com - Jobs in biotech, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, science, and medicine.

National Institutes of Health The nation's medical research agency - supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

American Society for Talent Development - Empowering professionals to develop talent in the workplace. Members include talent development managers, trainers, instructional designers, performance consultants, frontline managers, workplace learning professionals and more. Search ASTD's job bank.

HR World - An award-winning site featuring resources, information, and opportunities.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - An international association of human resource management professionals. Site includes jobs, chats, resources, and more.

Workforce - News and articles of interest to human resources and talent management professionals. Includes job listings.

NetImpactNet Impact has grown a grassroots, global movement of students and emerging impact leaders who want to use their skills to make a positive impact for people and planet.

80,000Hours This job board lists publicly advertised vacancies that we think could help those with the right fit have a positive impact. Some of these roles help tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems, while others help people build the career capital they might need to have a big impact later.

Idealist

Certified B Corporation

Environment

EcoJobs.com

Environmental Protection Agency job board

350.org We believe in a safe climate and a better future — a just, prosperous, and equitable world built with the power of ordinary people. 

National Association of Environmental Professionals

Food Systems

Good Food Jobs

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association promoting the teaching and learning of sustainable agriculture. Resources and job board

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Farm to Plate

Human Rights/Racial Inequality

ACLU The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. 

Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world.

The United State of Women is a national organization dedicated to convening, connecting, and amplifying voices in the fight for full gender equity

Human Services

National Organization for Human Services - Meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life.

HSCareers.com - Your source for Human Service Jobs, Social Service Jobs, Social Work Jobs, Non-Profit Jobs, Mental Health Jobs, and Behavioral Health Jobs.

Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services - Massachusetts agency information and job vacancies. Google other states to check their departments of health and human services

SocialService.com - Jobs for social workers and other social service professionals in a variety of fields and locations.

American Red Cross and United Way - Large multi-national agencies in the Human Services field

Social Change/Service Organizations 

Americorps offers a variety of service opportunities, from the classroom to the outdoors, and everything in between to work toward the greater good. 

Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker: a world where all citizens are powerful and contribute to change in positive ways.

BRAC  empowers people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice.

Oxfam Working to end the injustice of poverty.

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful, and just world through education, sustainable development, and exchange.

Job Boards

International Affairs Jobs

United Nations Careers

GoinGlobal helps job and internship seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. Features career & city guides, job & internship search, employer directory, searchable H1B Visa information and more. Access GoinGlobal for FREE on any on-campus device: online.goinglobal.com and create an account. Off-campus users login via Handshake.

Professional Organizations

Black Professionals in International Affairs

Society for International Affairs

Association of Women in International Trade

Washington International Trade Association (WITA) Young Trade Professionals

Additional Resources

U.S. Department of State

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

National Council of International Trade Development Scholarships for Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Job Boards

National Association for Law Placement

Paralegal Jobs Board

Professional Organizations

American Bar Association - For lawyers, law students, and those interested in the legal profession.

National Association of Women Lawyers

American Society of International Law

National Federation of Paralegal Associations

Additional Resources

Equal Justice Works

LSAC.org - Law School Admission Council. Check out upcoming events, LSAT information, application procedures, law school sites, and more.

The National Security Law Podcast

SCOTUS Blog

Oyez Supreme Court of the United States archive: has recordings of all oral arguments, summaries of case arguments/court’s opinion, and breakdown of how the justices sided.

American Library Association - ALA Accredited programs, education options, scholarships, careers in librarianship, online learning and more. Search ALA JobLIST

Archives and Record Association - In the UK & Ireland what a career in archives entails, the skills and qualifications you need.

Library Journal - News, Technology, Books, Job Zone and much more.

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners - Search Massachusetts library jobs by region, education required, full-time/part-time, etc.

Society of American Archivists - Career Center - Job and internship search and alerts and career learning center.

idealist.org Search for non-profit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities by location.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

B Corps - Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Non-profit Career Network- A one-stop resource center for non-profit organizations, job seekers, and volunteers.

Religious and Spiritual Organizations an extensive list of top-flight organizations that contribute to and address issues involving world religions, interfaith practices and spirituality. Link to an organization, listed alphabetically, in your area of interest. 

World Advocacy - the world's premier list of advocacy groups.

Public Relations Society of America - The world's largest organization for public relations professionals. See also the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Council of Public Relations - Trends in the field, a career center and more.

O'Dwyer's Directory of PR Firms - Complete listings of 400+ PR firms.

PR News Online - News, strategies, and success stories in PR and marketing. 

PR Newswire - News and information services for communications professionals.

PR Week Careers - PR job board.

Association for Women in Communications - AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. Visit their job board.

International Public Relations Association - International PR news and links to global PR associations.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)- Dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. AAAS publishes Science, which includes career resources and internship programs.

Association for Women in Science - Dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Association of Science-Technology Centers - Represents science centers and museums and centers; search science science museums by location.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

MentorNet - E-mentoring network particularly for women and others underrepresented in engineering, science, and mathematics. Offers one-on-one mentoring programs and a rich resume database.

National Science Foundation (NSF) - The funding source for approximately 20% of all federally-supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. Site includes REU and additional funding information for undergraduates, and NSF career opportunities.

NewScientist Jobs - Search for jobs in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, and more.

ScienceNews.org - Magazine of the Society for Science & the Public

Biology

American Institute of Biological Sciences - Dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. Visit the AIBS Careers in Biology page for helpful advice, resources and links for those considering a career in Biology.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) - Nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities; others conduct research in various government laboratories, nonprofit research institutions and industry.

American Society for Cell Biology - Career Development, Educational Resources, Newsletter, Grants, Job Board, forum and more.

Society for Conservation Biology - An international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Includes job postings.

Chemistry

American Chemical Society (ACS) - Visit the College to Careers page to learn about areas of chemistry, chemistry careers, job search and more!

American Chemistry Council (ACC) - Represents leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) - Nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities; others conduct research in various government laboratories, nonprofit research institutions and industry.

WWW Chemistry Guide - Collection of resources for professional chemists, including links to major job sites.

Environmental

EcoJobs.com - Environmental career opportunities.
 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Careers - Search job listings, explore EPA careers in Science, Legal, Grads & Post-docs, and info about student internships.

EnvironmentalScience.org - Advocates for environmental science education and employment. Written by environmentalists for environmentalists.
 
National Green Pages - Directory of green businesses.

Geology

American Geological Institute - Information, education, public policy, environmental geoscience, publications, workforce, events and more.

Association for Women Geoscientists - International organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers. Offers student scholarships and career profiles.

GIS Jobs - Job postings and salary survey reports for Geographic Information Systems professionals.

Marine Science

MarineBio.org - MarineBio's mission is to share the wonders of the ocean to inspire educationresearch and a sea ethic.

MarineCareers.net will introduce you to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields. In addition, it will give those men and women a chance to tell you what they like and dislike about their careers, what they see for the future in their fields, and much more. This site also provides you with some experts' views on what the future holds for marine science careers.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - includes listing of student opportunities and link to USAJobs.gov for professional positions.

Society for Marine Mammalogy - Links for those interested in marine science.

Physics and Astronomy

American Astronomical Society - Research, publications, and job postings.

American Institute of Physics - Journals, research and career resources.

American Physical Society - Journals, research, publications, and Careers in Physics gateway for physicists, students, and physics enthusiasts to information about physics jobs and careers.

Physics News - The latest physics, technology and nanotechnology news.

PhysicsWorld.com - published by the Institute of Physics, and links to BrightRecruits.com site for physics and engineering jobs.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) - Builds cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology through publications, research, and community. Features career information and job listings.

Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) - a collection of social science associations.

National Social Science Association - one of the largest interdisciplinary educational associations in the United States.

Social Science History Association - an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies.

MSWGuide.org - Information about social work careers, training, and licensure.

National Association of Social Workers - The key social work professional association for those in and those aspiring to enter the field.

Council on Social Work Education - Includes a directory of accredited social work programs by practice specialty and geographic location.

AllKindsofTherapy.com - Job board with jobs nationwide

Bluefish jobs - National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is for professional and student development, education and research in collegiate recreational sports including student leadership and personnel management

CoolWorks - Summer and seasonal job market niche

HospitalityNet - Information on the hospitality industry

National Recreation and Park Association - Search for careers with members of the National Recreation and Park Association

Sports Careers - Sports jobs, spor ts career fields and industry information

Team Work - Search for positions in professional and college sports programs

Top End Sports - Stay in the field of sports by choosing a career in a sports-related field

By some estimates, nearly 80% of opportunities are found through networking. Building a network of professional relationships is best started before you’re seeking an opportunity, even from your first year, and will continue throughout Smith and as an alumna.

While it’s not appropriate to ask a networking contact for a job, internship, or housing, by connecting with people in your field of interest you can:

  • Hear advice on getting started and advancing in a field
  • Learn about career-specific resources and get the names of others to talk to
  • Find out about opportunities before they’re posted
Informational interviews—one-on-one conversations with people whose careers interest you—are a great tool to start building both your career knowledge and your network.

Networking works! You’ll discover most people like talking about themselves and their career paths and offering advice to those starting out.

Accessing the Online Alumnae Community

The Office of Alumnae Relations online community lists alums by career, employer and location. Students may access the directory using their home email address. Includes a worldwide directory of Smith Clubs.

To Create Your Alumnae Community Password

  1. Visit the alumnae website, look for the Online Alumnae Community box in the upper righthand corner, and click on “Forgot Your Password?”
  2. Under the section “I can't remember my username and password,” enter your first name, last name and class year. Choose “Current Student” from the Senior House menu. If you are a current Ada Comstock Scholar, enter “9998” as your class year.
  3. The username that comes up should be your non-Smith email address. Confirm this is correct and click the “Reset Password” button.
  4. You’ll receive an email with a link to create a new password. Your password must be at least 8 characters long. Once created, you will be logged into the community.
  5. To log into the community in the future, visit the alumnae website and click on Log In or Sign Up and enter your username and the password you created.

If the username shown in step 3 refers to an email address that is no longer active, contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at 800-526-2023, option 4, oralumnae@smith.edu.

How to Access the Online Alumnae Community

Use the Alumnae Community’s directory to find alumnae who:

  • Share your major
  • Are in career fields you are exploring
  • Work at organizations or companies of interest
  • Live in specific cities, states, or countries

Using the Alumnae Directory

Use the directory to search for alumnae by name or location, class year, major, senior house, or by employment information, such as career field, job title or employer name. The “ * ” key is a useful wildcard in text searches. For example, search “JP*” if looking for alumnae at JP Morgan Chase, or “art*” if looking for alumnae with job titles that begin with art. Click “Reset” before changing search criteria or entering new search terms.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. Join the Smith College LinkedIn group and groups for your field of interest. LinkedIn for Students features videos and quick tip sheets to help you create a great profile, find internships and jobs, and build your LinkedIn network.

Lazarus Center Workshops on networking and LinkedIn workshops are offered throughout the semester and interterm.

Seven Sisters Alumnae Association—The first and only place for Seven Sisters alumnae and students to connect, network and build a community. Alumnae & Student Directory, Job & Housing Boards, Business Directory, Artists & Creators Directory and more.

Read our guide covering how to prepare for and set up a networking meeting, questions to ask and follow-up actions.