Monday, February 20, 2017

Career Center: State and Local Government Meetup

Interested in a career in State & Local Government? Looking for an internship or full-time role?

Come to a relaxed, informal opportunity to meet and greet with State & Local Government organizations interested in hiring UMD students for FULL TIME and INTERNSHIP positions. Each organization will give a 3-5 minute overview and then be seated at tables to have conversations with students over light refreshments for the remainder of event.

For more information, please visit:

University Health Center - Accepting Application for Peer Educators

The University Health Center has an amazing opportunity for YOU!

The University Health Center is Recruiting New Peers for Fall 2017-Spring 2018.
Peer Educators earn credit to educate the campus community about wellness through one of four topic specific lenses (substance use, sexual health, mental health and wellness, or power-based violence). Peers have opportunities to turn their innovative ideas into action. Being a peer educator is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working directly with students, improve your public speaking and program planning skills, and join a group of talented, creative, dedicated students like you who are committed to our mission of wellness for all at UMD!

2017 Spring Career & Internship Fair

Friday, February 17, 2017

CCJS Jobs and Internships posted in Careers4Terps this week

Open Job Opportunities: 
Metro Transit Police Officer (Careers4 Terps ID: 153103)- Entry Level (New Graduates)
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) - Washington, District of Columbia
Posted: Feb 6, 2017;  Closes: May 7, 2017

Police Officer I (Careers4 Terps ID: 151468) - Entry Level (New Graduates)
Arlington County Police Department - Arlington, Virginia
Posted Jan 10, 2017;  Closes: April 10, 2017

Open Internship Opportunities:
Family Justice Center (Careers4Terps ID: 153120) - Summer 2017 Intern 
Montgomery County Family Justice Center - Rockville, Maryland
The Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) Volunteer and Internship Program provides interns with a unique opportunity to learn about domestic violence intervention on a direct service level. Interns will learn about the FJC model, dynamics of domestic violence, and systems response.
Posted: Feb 6, 2017;  Closes: March 10, 2017

US Department of Justice - Consumer Protection Branch (Careers4Terps ID: 152016) - Summer 2017 Internship.
US Department of Justice, Civil Division - Washington, District of Columbia
The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for the enforcement of most of the Federal statutes that protect consumers from deceptive, unfair, or fraudulent practices. Many of these laws provide for both civil and criminal penalties. CPB also defends the Government in suits that challenge the policies of consumer protection agencies.
Posted: Jan 30, 2017;  Closes: Feb 24, 2017

Introduction to Careers at the U.S. Department of State Session - Feb 22

Image result for department of stateThe Federal and Global Fellows Office will be hosting a senior U.S. Department of State official in Marie Mount Hall 2407 on Wednesday, February 22.

A U.S. Department of State Representative will provide an introduction to careers at the Department of State and will go in-depth on the following:

  • Foreign Service Officers and Civil Service positions
  • Career tracks options
  • Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), Personal Narratives (PN), Qualification Evaluation Panel (QEP), and Oral Assessment
  • Job application process and tips

1 - One-on-One session opportunities (9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
2 - Lunch (12:00 PM -12:30 PM)
3 - Presentation on Careers with State Department (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM)
4 - One-on-One session opportunities (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

Students  must RSVP to attend.  Students can RSVP here.  If you are interested in doing a one-on-one coaching session, limited slots are available. Please list multiple half-hour time slots (from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM or from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM) when you are available. 

Students are encouraged to bring a hard copy of their USAJobs resume (preferably, or another resume) along!

Maryland General Assembly (MGA) Internship Program - Accepting Applications

Image result for maryland state houseConsider applying for the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) Internship Program!  The MGA internship program is a two-semester course open only to students who have earned superior academic records and who have demonstrated effective writing skills.  

Interns serve at the MGA for 16-20 hours per week during the spring legislative session (January-April 2018). Their assignments develop invaluable professional skills. In previous sessions, interns researched proposed legislation, responded to constituent mail, organized news conferences, and wrote and delivered testimony. The internship (ENGL388M/HONR379W) conveys six credits.

In the preceding fall semester, students will take a three credit course (ENGL381/HONR368A) which teaches students the skills that the internship will require. In addition, students learn about the MGA and Maryland state politics.
*ENGL 381 satisfies the Professional Writing Requirement for the General Education Program, and *ENGL 388M satisfies one Scholarship in Practice requirement.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CCJS Study Abroad Summer 2017 - Scholarship Available!

CCJS has a short-term study abroad program to Thailand & Cambodia!

Only two weeks left to complete your Education Abroad application and travel to Thailand and Cambodia this summer.  And, just announced... the CCJS department will offer a $500 scholarship to all CCJS majors who participate in the program!  If you want to travel to Southeast Asia and learn more about human trafficking then start your application today!  

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Here is a link to our blog from our last tour of Thailand:

Please feel free to contact Dr. Wendy Stickle ( or Professor Christine White ( ) for more information!

Worried about the federal government hiring freeze? Here is a note from our Career Center:

Update: Is the federal government still hiring?
The federal government has been in the news lately because of the uncertainty surrounding how they will deal with President Trump's Executive order to reduce the federal workforce and temporarily freeze hiring. There are several exceptions and more to the story. Click HERE to review the details.  

What does this mean for a graduating senior?
- Keep in mind that the order is temporary and OPM has 90 days to make recommendations and create a plan.
- Different agencies are dealing with the order in different ways. There is no one hiring statement that will fit all agencies. 
- The agencies that the University of Maryland University Career Center have heard from, still plan on participating in career fairs and events on campus because they want to maintain their branding on campus to attract talented candidates when the freeze is lifted.  (Search the agencies planning to attend the fair - plan to speak with them and learn more.)

BOTTOM LINE: Seniors, spend your job searching time networking with employees at agencies of interest and continue to gain skills in your last semester. The advice is the same for the class of 2017 as it was for the class of 2016...if you are applying for federal positions:
- be patient and flexible; 
- follow all instructions closely; 
- network/follow your agency(s) of interest to stay in the "know";
- follow-up on everything; and 
- make a contingency plan (i.e. explore positions in private sector or plan for a "gap year") to ensure you have options.   

What does this mean for students interested in internships?
Appointments are still allowed under the Pathways Internship and Presidential Management Fellows programs! It is not a guarantee, but many agencies recruit for full time positions from their past internship pool, so internships continue to be an amazing job search strategy. 

Additional resource: The Partnership for Public Service has provided an outline of what the federal hiring freeze means for students. The BSOS Your Career website also includes application tips.