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Career Services

A degree in Public Health is the beginning of your career. Student Affairs, together with the Steinbright Career Development Center and Dornsife's Office of Practice, will help you find your place in the public health field.

We provide a full range of services and resources designed to support you throughout the year, prepare you for a rewarding career, and connect you to employers, alumni, and community resources that help build a network to support your career aspirations.

From career development programs to individualized appointments, here’s your central gateway to the most common connections. Our Upcoming Events section has a complete list of events at Dornsife.

If you are a potential preceptor/employer please visit our Public Health Practice page.

Annual Events and Programs

Professional Development Seminar

The Professional Development Seminar features interactive workshops that challenge students to explore the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills needed in the workplace. Previous topics included: writing a public health resume and cover letter, managing conflict through effective communication, and professionalism in the workplace. For upcoming seminars please visit Upcoming Events.

Public Health Career Showcase

The Philadelphia Regional Public Health Career Showcase invites employers in the Philadelphia region to meet with current DSPH students.

This event allows students to connect with local organizations and employers and learn more about the job search process as well as internship, volunteer, part-time, and full-time opportunities available to public health students. This event is open to public health students in the Philadelphia area. Upcoming career showcase events will be listed in Upcoming Events.

Exploring Public Health Industries Roundtable

The Exploring Public Health Industries Roundtable welcomes alumni and public health professionals to speak to students about their experiences in Public Health.

Participants may choose three roundtable discussions, with each one focused on a different industry within public health. Participants rotate to a different table every 20 minutes, and the event concludes with a networking opportunity. Conversation may include topics such as challenges faced within the industry or a professional’s journey through public health. For upcoming roundtable discussions please visit Upcoming Events.

Alumni Mentoring Program

The Alumni Mentoring Program fosters meaningful relationships between students and alumni. The connections made via this program help prepare students for a successful future and provide an opportunity for mentorship and growth.

The program enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with students. Alumni mentors have the opportunity to advise student(s) on academic guidance, career advice and personal development for the academic year (November to March). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication may be determined by participants. Alumni do not have to live in Philadelphia to participate.

Registration opens at the end of September. For upcoming event details and registration, please visit Upcoming Events.


Career Counseling

A great way to get in-depth and personalized advice on your job search is to make an appointment for career counseling. You can discuss career decision-making and job search strategies, have your resume and cover letter critiqued, conduct a mock interview, evaluate a job offer, or learn more about the career resources available to you at DSPH. To schedule an appointment, please email Michelle McDermott.

Career Assessment

Public health is a broad field, and you want to discover the area that’s the best fit for you. Steinbright Career Development Center provides personality assessments for you to help evaluate your personality, interests, skills, and values as they relate to your career choices. Schedule an appointment with Steinbright to learn more.

Jobs & Internships

Searching for an internship or full-time job is a personal and unique experience for each student. The Office of Student Affairs is committed to helping students explore career options by offering workshops and individual consultations that support students through each step of the journey: identifying online job postings and employers, preparing application materials, networking and interviewing with employers, and negotiating a salary. To schedule an appointment, please email Michelle McDermott


Steinbright Career Development Centers manages Handshake, a University-wide portal that allows students and alumni to view internships and jobs posted by employers. We encourage students and alumni to create a Handshake profiles with rich, career-related details. This will customize the information Handshake pushes to your home page: jobs, workshops and events, and other resources, all based on your interests. Contact Steinbright for more information on access to Handshake.

Symplicity- Dornsife's Career Management System

Dornsife's Office of Practice manages Symplicity, a School-wide portal that allows students and alumni to view jobs, paid and unpaid internships and fellowships, summer opportunities, global opportunities, practicum opportunities, and master’s projects postings.

Contact Caroline Voyles if you have any questions about Symplicity. 

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