Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My Story: How an Internship Changed My Life

By Lance Brooks
Department of Sociology, Alumni

            After obtaining my B.A. in Sociology, I began working in the Office of the Registrar as the front desk coordinator. I also enrolled in the data analytics master’s program at the University of Maryland University College. After a few months, I quickly realized that I would need some experience if I expected to smoothly transition between higher education and data analytics.

My first thought was to reach out to people within my network to assess their need for a data
specialist. I framed my offerings as a way to support the needs of an organization at a lower cost than hiring an outside data specialist. I was first met with a few no’s, but I kept reaching out to others in my professional network. I utilized all mediums of communication: phone, email, LinkedIn, etc. At the same time, I was perfecting my sales pitch of what I had to offer as a data specialist looking for experience. After about one month of searching, I was able to land an internship within an office at the University of Maryland College Park. My work helped shed insight on the challenges facing retention efforts at UMD.

I was able to market my internship when I went on the job market later the same year. Within two weeks, I was offered a full-time position that used my data and sociology skills. During the interview, I answered questions by citing specific experiences during my internship. I can honestly say that my time as an intern changed the entire outlook of my career. Internships help students enter new industries by getting direct experience. Always be on the lookout for professional connections because you never know where your next opportunity may come from.

GREAT Resume Building & Networking Opp

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hi all,

We will be meeting this Thursday 3/7/19 in the Undergraduate Lounge from 11:45am - 12:30pm to discuss Internships that Lead to Jobs.  

Pizza available for those who RSVP...

See you there!

Friday, March 1, 2019

USAJobs Application Workshop

USAJobs Application Workshop

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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University Career Center & The President's Promise
3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing, 3rd Floor

Event Details

The federal government recently passed a bill to that will increase hiring of educated workers aged 30 and under!
Learn how to finesse your USAJobs application for federal internships, fellowships, and permanent employment.
Bring your laptop (optional) to begin building your profile or apply for a position right away.

For additional information about this event:

Contact Michael Maiden at

NonProfit Meetup - Networking Opportunity

Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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University Career Center - 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing

Event Details

Interested in meeting nonprofit organizations looking to hire UMD students for summer internships or full-time roles?

Come to a relaxed, informal opportunity to meet and greet with a wide range of organizations. Each organization will give a 3-5 minute overview and then be seated at tables to have conversations with students .
12:00-12:30: 3-5 minute organization presentations
12:30-2:00: Casual conversations between students and the various organizations
Check back for the list of participating nonprofits.

For additional information about this event:

Contact Lydia Woods at