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Internship and Job Search


The School of Public Policy partners with the UMD Career Center to assist you in a successful job or internship search. Try the tips listed below and create an action plan to get started on your next internship or job search. You can also request an appointment with Career Center staff to help you on your journey.

Network… it’s not as intimidating as it sounds!

Talk with your friends, family, and contacts to identify open positions and request informational interviews to learn about career paths and find new opportunities.

  • Connect with employers of interest through LinkedIn to identify people you know who work there and learn of openings

  • Attend a career fair with the goal of becoming more familiar with what organizations have to offer- don't forget to get business cards from the employers that interest you.

  • Attend lectures, events, or meetings on and off campus- sit beside someone you don't know and initiate a conversation over your shared interests

  • Keep in touch with those you meet! This includes faculty. Networking is really just a fancy word for building relationships.


  • All Public Policy majors must either take an internship class or approved study abroad. It ishighly encouraged in our field to do an internship! Internship search resources on campus canhelp.

  • You can also investigate part-time job positions off and on campus

Target organizations to apply for positions

  • Apply for posted positions found on the organization’s website or an aggregate job/internship board (i.e. SimplyHired, Indeed, Link Up)

  • Identify new organizations to target through research

  • Take advantage of Careers4Terps, UMD’s online job and internship listing database

Attend events to learn of opportunities