Individual Career Counseling

Career Services and Alumni Relations works closely with students to build a professional development plan for use during their graduate studies.  Through this plan, we help students develop a better understanding of their skills, abilities and career interests and most importantly, how these relate to the workplace. We also assist students with internship acquisition (year round and summer) and network development as a way to further inform career decision-making and resume building. Finally, many students take advantage of one-on-one advising to hone their job search or negotiate between multiple offers of employment.

Individual career counseling may also help you:

  • Conduct a thorough self-assessment of your skills, values, interests and personality using tools such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or Strong Interest Inventory
  • Research career sectors and potential employers 
  • Improve your resume and cover letter writing abilities
  • Enhance your interview preparation skills
  • Develop connections to UMD School of Public Policy alumni and other policy professionals
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • Use social media for your internship and job search needs

Because we believe in life-long career development, all students are encouraged at orientation to begin meeting right away with Career Services and Alumni Relations. Early involvement with our career counselors can focus your time in graduate school and leverage the advantages that exist from being in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

To schedule an appointment, please contact C. Bryan Kempton, director, Career Services and Alumni Relations.