Career Services and Alumni Relations encourages employers to engage with our students with a proactive approach to recruiting. In addition to posting openings through UMD Policy Jobs, many successful employers create positive word of mouth amongst students through involvement in one or more of our programs and services that directly influence their professional development.
Even if your organization does not have current internship or job openings, we invite you to participate in the following opportunities as a way to effectively build your organizations brand and attract more applications for the future.
Each semester, Career Services and Alumni Relations hosts policy professionals for on-campus discussions with students to share helpful information about their career field and current trends in the public policy arena. Panelists also provide guidance on preparing for internship and job searches and gaining important experiences during their graduate program.
Bringing the informational interview experience to campus, the Experts-in-Residence program hosts policy professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Beginning in September, these visits occur throughout the academic year on Fridays. Students sign up for individual 20-30 minute informational interviews during a half or whole day session. The goal is to grant further access to knowledgeable professionals who offer meaningful advice on resumes, cover letters, internship or job searching techniques and career pathways.
The Maryland Mentor Program serves as an integral part of the professional development of UMD School of Public Policy students. Mentors provide insights and introductions that make the job search easier to negotiate. Second year mentees receive mentors in October and the partnership continues until graduation in May. Typically, mentors and mentees exchange several emails over the course of the academic year and meet an average of once a month. These exchanges cover a variety of topics as needed. For example, a mentor may review resumes, offer interview tips or counsel a mentee on professional opportunities. The intent of the relationship is for the mentor to offer advice and support as the mentee transitions from student to job seeker to policy expert.
If you are interested in participating in any of these initiatives, please email C. Bryan Kempton, director, Career Services and Alumni Relations.