Welcome Letter to Incoming Students

On behalf of the Career Development Center, welcome to Mount Holyoke College!

We are delighted you will be joining us this fall. As you prepare for your arrival, we want to share some important information about how the CDC and Student Employment works for all new students.  Members of our staff will meet your during orientation to give you an introduction to our services.  You will learn more about developing your first-year resume and applying to jobs on campus.

Student Employment

Every First-Year Student with work-study begins her employment on campus with Dining Services and fills at least one shift during the fall and spring semester.  First-year students without work-study may also seek out opportunities to work on campus through JobX.

Transfer Students and Frances Perkins Scholars are welcome to begin employment on campus in Dining Services or you may seek opportunities in other campus departments.

Important Dates During Orientation

Schedule subject to change.  Please see Orientation Schedule for full description of sessions and up-to-date information.

Friday, August 30

Student Worker Clearance, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: TBD
Required for all first-year students with work-study.  Other students who wish to work on campus should also attend. (For U.S. citizens and permanent residents) Provides general information about student employment and assists students in being certified to work on campus.

Bring your paperwork:

  • Federal Tax Withholding (W-4) Form
  • Massachusetts Tax Withholding (M-4) Form
  • Federal Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) Form
  • Original valid form of identification and a copy of it

You can access these forms on MHC’s Human Resources website.  Be sure to complete these forms in advance and bring them with you to the session.

Dining Services Orientation, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Designated residential dining halls (see Orientation Schedule)
Required for all students first-year with work-study who plan to work on campus.

Work shifts and schedules will be assigned during this session.  Bring your class schedule, MHC ID, and a pen.

Intro to the CDC, Student Employment and JobX, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Gamble A and B
For all new students

Learn about the services and resources available to students with a focus on Student Employment, JobX (the student employment database) and writing your First Year Resume (a requirement for applying to jobs on JobX).

Sunday, September 8th

Schedule Confirmation Meeting, 8:30 -10:30 p.m.
Location: Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Required for all students first-year with work-study who plan to work on campus.

Confirm your permanent work schedule for Dining Services at this session. Bring your class schedule, MHC ID and pen.

Helpful Resources

  • Student Employment FAQ’s will address eligibility, maximum work hours, hourly wage, maximum earnings, declining work study, getting paid. Contact the Coordinator of Student Employment, Janice Kane, jkane@mtholyoke.edu with additional questions.
  • Getting Paid – this link provides information on Timesheets, Direct Deposit and Necessary Paperwork

Additional CDC Resources

  • LyonNet is the CDC's on-line resume, job search and recruiting system.  There you will find hundreds of internship and job opportunities, updated throughout the year. Explore LyonNet today!
  • Take self-assessments to learn more about your values, skills and interests as they relate to careers.
  • WhatCanIDoWithThisMajor.com will help you connect majors to careers.
  • Check out LibraryThing, the CDC’s online resource library to meet your career exploration and job search needs!

The Career Development Center has wonderful resources that will help you find opportunities to gain valuable experience and learn new skills.  From student employment, to your internship search, job search and so much more, the Career Development Center is here to help make this process an exceptional learning experience for you. Come visit us soon!


Jessica Hill
Associate Director, Liaison to First-Year Students