Exploring Careers in Public Health

Implement the search strategies listed below to create an action plan to get started on your internship or job search.

Search Strategies

  • Read through this introduction to search strategies
  • Network with your friends, family, and contacts to identify open positions
  • Tips for networking your way into a federal government position
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni and other contacts to explore employers of interest by utilizing UMD's Alumni Advisor Network 
  • Identify employers of interest and explore ways to engage with them (i.e. through social media, presentations, and whoever is visiting campus this semester)
  • Apply for posted positions found on the organization’s website, a niche job/internship board, or an aggregate job/internship search engines (i.e. Idealist, SimplyHiredIndeed, LinkedIn)
  • Consider incorporating social media into your job/internship search
  • Use Linked In to connect with UMD alumni that are in jobs that you desire.

Programs and Events

  • Attend the annual SPH Career Expo – check out what employers are attending this year!
  • Network with alumni and employers at one of this semester’s other Career Fairs
  • Connect with alumni and employers at a career panels and networking nights - see the Event Calendar for this semester's listing 
  • Shadow a professional in your dream job through UMD’s Intern for a Day Program
  • Register for a semester long career class (PSYC123 or EDCP108i)
  • Visit a company on your own or with a group of UMD students on a Career Shuttle
    • Past shuttles include: Children's National Health System, American Red Cross, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Equinox Fitness, FDA, and More! 
  • Interview on-campus for off campus positions


Global Health Internship Opportunities 

Global health professionals are in high demand within public health. Students that are interested in gaining internship experience in global health are encouraged to utilize the following resources in order to begin their job or internship search.

This list is only a handful of the many possible avenues students can explore. You may also want to speak with your faculty, advisors, staff members, and other professional mentors to find out about additional opportunities and resources. “Goin' Global” is a helpful online tool that can be utilized to find internships, as well as full-time and part-time opportunities outside of the US. All UMD students can assess this online tool through their Careers4Terps account.