The goal of the Meiklejohn Fellows Program is to advance equal opportunity for post-graduate success by providing robust career resources and support to Amherst College students from families with low incomes, and to those who are the first in their families to attend college.  This goal is achieved through a combination of dedicated advising, programming, peer-to-peer support, and summer internship funding.  Beginning in their first year at the college, first-generation and/or low income (FLI) students are encouraged to both apply to and participate in the academic year-long cohort program.   Once a student becomes a Meiklejohn Fellows, they retain this distinction during their entire time at Amherst.

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How to Become a Meiklejohn Fellow

The Meiklejohn Fellows Program offers first-year FLI students the opportunity to participate in an academic year-long program designed to help students develop an understanding of their unique career interests and how to explore them as an undergraduate through summer experiential learning opportunities, such as summer internships.

Learn How to Become a Meiklejohn Fellow.


Meiklejohn Fellows Program Additional Resources

Additional Meiklejohn Fellows Career Resources

In addition to the first-year Meiklejohn Fellows programming, Meiklejohn Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of other Loeb Center resources to support their internship and job search efforts.

Accessing Your Meiklejohn Stipend

For Current Meiklejohn Fellows, please read how to access your Meiklejohn Fellows Program Stipend.

Program Stipend

On-Demand Meiklejohn Fellow Stipend Video Resource

If you still need to meet the workshop requirement to access your stipend, please watch our on-demand content.

Watch the Video Resource

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President Alexander Meiklejohn

Alexander Meiklejohn, who was from a long line of textile workers and immigrated to America as a young boy, was likely the first in his family to graduate from college. He was able to attend Brown University only after relatives collectively paid the tuition.

Learn about President Alexander Meiklejohn: An Inspiring Namesake

How to begin/navigate finding meaningful summer experiences aka (internships/SURF/STEM incubator/research/etc.)

To be completely honest, I barely knew what an internship was before coming to Amherst. I spent my high school summers playing field hockey and making bracelets for my Etsy shop while binge-watching Netflix—and I have no regrets! But I …

By Carla Mattaliano
Carla Mattaliano Peer Career Advisor
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Reflections from My Meiklejohn Fellows Program Experience

Hello! My name is Emily Kang, and I am a Meiklejohn Fellows Peer Ambassador at the Loeb Center. I am also a senior majoring in Biochemistry & Biophysics on the pre-med track. The MJPA role is a new addition to …

By Emily Kang
Emily Kang Meiklejohn Fellows Peer Ambassador
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My Experience Finding an Internship my Sophomore Year

This summer, I had the privilege of interning at Greenpeace USA as the Organizing Intern. Although my official start date was June 12th, the internship hunt began well before then.

In the fall of 2022, I met with a Peer …

By Brianne LaBare
Brianne LaBare Peer Career Advisor
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Career Resources

A reception for first generation and/or low-income students coordinated by QuestBridge, First Generation Association, and the Office of Campus Diversity …

This session welcomes families of first generation students to the Amherst community and to celebrate this momentous occasion. There will …

As part of Amherst College’s commitment to diversity, the Office of Admission hosts Access to Amherst (A2A) for one weekend …

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First Floor College Hall
155 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002