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Summer in Williamstown
So you're thinking about summering in Williamstown
It seems that many scoff at the idea of spending any more time in this rural haven than is absolutely necessary, but summers in Williamstown can actually be quite enjoyable. The school itself offers a variety of lucrative employment positions and there is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well.
Jobs at Williams
A large percentage of the students who stay in williams for the summer are employed through various academic departments doing research for their theses, although working on campus doesn't exactly require a such a project. Many departments will provide housing but no meal plan or perhaps the other way around, housing is generally around 35$ per week and meals in packages of 10 and 14. Inquire to the department of your major for summer job opportunities, usually to get the job you must stay here for most of the summer.
Apart from research, there are plenty of other jobs on campus:
- The environmental studies department provides positions for Caretakers in Hopkin's Forest, Librarians in the CES library, and occasionally a gardner for the grounds around Kellog house.
- Both Sawyer and Schow have student positions, although obviously fewer than during the school year. Library work is tedious and pay is decent, but at least it's all air conditioned.
- Facilities (B+G) has some jobs, mostly what you would expect: Lots of hard work clearing brush or trash or whatever.
Non-Williams jobs in the surrounding area
Mass Moca, various non-profits in North Adams and Williamstown, Tanglewood, Peace Valley Farm, and Overland Adventures all provide summer employment or internships. For many of these you'll need a bus pass or a car, the bus is reasonable and quick for North Adams. This is by no means an exhaustive list, the OCC probably has much more information. Most people who work in the surrounding area get alumni sponsored grants.
Summer on campus housing starts with a smaller scale room draw late in spring semester. Usually there will be only 2 or 3 dorms availiable, most often Sage Hall, Morgan Hall, and one of the Greylock dorms. As mentioned earlier, past summers it's cost 35$ per week, so if you want to stay away from home it's budget friendly.
Often students living in summer housing will have to purchase a meal plan, 5 might be the smallest. Every summer there is some upset about the lack of kitchen facilities, people who want to cook for themselves can us the CES kitchen in Kellog, the kitchen in Rice, and if they are in use the kitchen in whichever Greylock dorm.
Other people on campus
Anyone content enough to stay here will find that beside other college students there are plenty of other youths around, some from the Williamstown Theater Festival and some from various sports camps. You'll know the latter have shown up when you see loads of blinging mercs and lexuses cruising around piloted by trophy mothers.
What to do
Surprisingly, the berkshire region offers a fair amount of things to do during the summer. The most popular activities include: