Meiklejohn Fellows Program

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.

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