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Career Center

University Career Center @ SPH

Whether you are a student who knows exactly what you want to do after college or you are still exploring many different career options, career exploration during college provides an opportunity to think about what applications of your college learning will be most satisfying to you after college.

The University Career Center and The President’s Promise provides comprehensive career assistance for all University of Maryland, College Park and Shady Grove undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. The University Career Center at the School of Public Health or UCC @ SPH is dedicated to providing industry-specific career services to all SPH students! 

Graduate and doctoral students are also encouraged to reach out to their graduate director.

Central Office
3100 Hornbake Library, 3rd Floor South Wing

SPH Office
0222 School of Public Health Building (CASA Suite on ground floor of SPH) 

Connect with Us:
SPH Careers
(301) 314-9268

Resources for Students

UCC@ SPH is dedicated to helping SPH students at every stage of their career development. Students have access to one-on-one assistance, career development workshops, career & internship fairs, information sessions, networking sessions, site visits and more. 

Need help with resumes and cover letters? Want to revamp your LinkedIn page? Schedule an appointment through Handshake (Click on "Career Center" and then click "Appointments") to meet with a Peer Career Educator at the CASA suite in SPH or the University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing). 

For deeper career exploration and assistance schedule an appointment through Handshake.

To make the most of your scheduled appointment:

  1. Whether or not you’re interested in a resume critique or major exploration, upload a resume and any other relevant documents (e.g. cover letter) to Handshake so that your career advisor can better prepare for your appointment.
  2. Prepare by reviewing our online resources, and write out a couple questions you may have.
  3. Arrive to your appointment five to 10 minutes early with material to take notes. Expect your appointment to last 30 – 60 minutes. Note: If you are late by 15 minutes or more you will need to reschedule your appointment.  

Students with disabilities who may need additional assistance may schedule an appointment with Nancy Forsythe, the Career Development Specialist for students with Disabilities through Handshake or by email,, or phone, (301) 314-1370.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Handshake is an online career management tool that provides UMD students access to the job and internship database, event registration, and online job search and career exploration tools. 

  • Job & Internship Database is full of on and off-campus opportunities from employers interested in hiring UMD students for jobs, internships or fellowship and clinical shadowing opportunities. Set up a Search Agent for a daily, weekly or monthly email with opportunities that may be of interest to you.
  • Focus 2 is a guided exploration tool that can help you better understand what major or career would be most fulfilling to you. 
  • Candid Career provides thousands of industry-specific informational interviews with experts from a variety of fields.
  • GoinGlobal hosts country-specific employment information including work permit or visa requirements, employment trends and cultural advice.
  • Vault Guides provide comprehensive details into a wide variety of industries including healthcare management, consulting and allied healthcare.
  • InterviewStream is a video interviewing system that can help you prepare for the interview. Record your mock interview and review it or send it to a career advisor for feedback.

*Log into Handshake for full access to all these resources.

Annual Events

  • School of Public Health Career & Internship Expo is the School of Public Health’s annual career & internship fair, where employers from a wide range of fields are invited to recruit SPH students. The Expo is an opportunity for students of all class levels to explore the opportunities available to graduates with a Public Health degree.
    • Attire:  Always dress to impress. We recognize that you might be coming from class or activities so we recommend business casual attire or your nicest pair of sweats.
  • Alumni and Student Networking Night: Organized in collaboration with the development team and the newly minted SPH Alumni Network, current students and our accomplished alumni come together in a night of networking and discussion.
  • SPH Student & Alumni Mentor Program: The purpose of this program is to connect current School of Public Health (SPH) undergraduate students with SPH alumni in career paths similar to the students’ respective interests. The SPH Alumni Association Professional Development Program will support both the needs of the Mentee and Mentor to encourage a successful professional relationship is built and maintained throughout the academic school year. 

Semester Events

  • Fall and Spring Career & Internship Fairs are the largest events sponsored by the University Career Center & the President’s Promise. Unlike the SPH Expo, employers come to recruit students from across all majors. With a fair that large, it’s hard not to find a handful of organizations of interest.
    • Attire:  Business and business casual
  • Industry-Specific Career & Internship Fairs are smaller “boutique” fairs held year-round for more targeted recruiting. Every Spring there is the Health Professions Graduate Recruitment Fair, and other fairs include the Language Career & Internship Fair, the Maryland Metropolitan Education Expo and more! 
  • Hiring Meetups are a smaller and more casual version of the industry-specific career & internship fair. Four to six employers from one industry like Global Health, Sustainability or Non-Profits, come to networking and recruit students.
  • Workshops and Information Sessions facilitated by University Career Center staff and employers range from fair prep to federal resume and application tips. Employer Information Sessions are typically held by organizations to promote their organization and their available job and internship opportunities.
  • Industry Panels are facilitated discussions with alumni and employees from n industry or profession with a chance for students to talk one-on-one with panelists afterward. Past panels include Healthcare without an MD and Healthcare Communications and Policy. Look out for dates and panelists for the upcoming Food Waste and Security panel by checking the career events calendar.
  • Quick Career Questions are monthly drop-in hours held on the ground level of the SPH building for students who have a quick question about anything career-related including but not limited to resumes, cover letters, interviewing and salary negotiation.

Note: We recommend business casual attire for events where employers and alumni are in attendance. We recognize that the nature of some industries is more casual, however, when in doubt aim for business casual.

Resources for Alumni

Are you are looking to change fields, apply to graduate school or would you like a resume refresher? Feel free to utilize career services at UCC@SPH and the central office. Employers are often looking to recruit recent graduates and experienced applicants.

  • If you are interested in promoting the school and connecting with current students through networking, mentoring or panels, learn more about the SPH Alumni Network.
  • If you are interested in hiring UMD students, please visit the Employers page.
  • Consider mentorship and sign up for the Terrapins Connect Mentorship Program.
  • Tell us what you have been up to since graduating from the School of Public Health. Complete this brief survey.
  • Join the SPH Student & Alumni Mentor Program! The purpose of this program is to connect current School of Public Health (SPH) undergraduate students with SPH alumni in career paths similar to the students’ respective interests. The SPH Alumni Association Professional Development Program will support both the needs of the Mentee and Mentor to encourage a successful professional relationship is built and maintained throughout the academic school year.