Career & Internship Services

Career Handbook

Planning Your Career

FIRST YEAR (1-30 CREDITS)

  • Visit Career and Internship Services to become familiar with the services offered.
  • Explore your interests, skills, personality and values and consider how they relate to possible careers.
  • Consider taking the following career assessments: Strong Interest Inventory®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and/or StrengthsQuest™ available in Career and Internship Services.
  • Explore careers using the UMD Graduate Follow-up Report, which lists what recent UMD graduates did the first year after graduating, the Career Resource Center in Career and Internship Services and What Can I Do With This Major on the Career and Internship Services website under "Deciding on a Major."
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews and begin talking with professionals in fields of interest to you.
  • Join at least one student organization or club to help you explore and define your career goals and help you develop skills you can use in the future.
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities that can add to your experience and skills.
  • Write your resume.
  • Begin building your portfolio.

Summer

  • Get a job and/or do volunteer work to learn about a career that interests you.

SECOND YEAR (31-60 CREDITS)

  • Continue exploring your interests, values, personality and skills.
  • Meet with a career counselor in Career and Internship Services.
  • Consider taking the following career assessments if you have not already done so: Strong Interest Inventory®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and/or StrengthsQuest™ available in Career and Internship Services.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.
  • If required, prepare and apply for acceptance into your desired major.
  • Update your resume and have it reviewed.
  • Save copies of your work in your portfolio to document your knowledge and skills.
  • Establish a LinkedIn account, develop your profile and have it reviewed.
  • Register with GoldPASS for information on internships and full-time career opportunities.
  • Enroll in UMD's "Major and Career Exploration" course to explore career options related to your interests, values, skills and personality.
  • Join organizations related to your interest areas.
  • Attend job fairs.
  • Establish tentative educational and career goals.
  • Explore potential careers through informational interviews with professionals employed in your area(s) of interest.
  • Develop relationships with academic advisors, faculty and key administrators who will potentially serve as references for your applications for scholarships, internships, graduate school and full-time career opportunities.
  • Begin researching employers and career opportunities in your field(s).
  • If you haven't done so, declare your major by the time you complete 60 credits.

Summer

  • Get a job and/or do volunteer work in an area of your interest.
  • Build a good work reputation.
  • Get involved in community activities.

THIRD YEAR (61-90 CREDITS)

  • Complete the "Checklist for Job and Internship Search Success."
  • Choose upper division electives outside of your major to enhance your qualifications.
  • Take the following career assessments if you have not already done so: Strong Interest Inventory®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and/or StrengthsQuest™ available in Career and Internship Services.
  • Update your resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio.
  • Research industries, companies and internships.
  • Consider enrolling in UMD's "Strategic Career Planning" course to explore your career options and learn to present yourself effectively for an internship, job or graduate school.
  • Consider enrolling in UMD's "Internship Preparation" course to help you find an internship.
  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA.
  • Expand your own professional network through club activities, student chapters of professional organizations, family, faculty and staff. Inform people of the kind of opportunities you seek.
  • Continue to interview professionals working in your field(s) of interest for information and to establish a network of contacts.
  • Research graduate school possibilities, their application procedures, entrance test requirements and deadlines.
  • Attend job fairs.
  • Prepare to take appropriate graduate or professional school admissions tests.
  • Write a cover letter and have it reviewed.
  • Update your registration with GoldPASS and review internship and full-time career opportunities.
  • Conduct a search for and participate in an internship or research experience.
  • Practice and refine your interviewing skills.

Summer

FOURTH YEAR TO GRADUATION (90-120+ CREDITS)