Public service, policy & social impact
Explore potential careers and develop industry-specific skills for success in the Public Service, Policy & Social Impact Community. The Career Center offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events and professional development opportunities to help students succeed. Below is a quick snapshot of relevant industries, career outlook, community-specific resources and related Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to help direct students along their career path in the Public Service, Policy & Social Impact Community.
OCCUPATIONS & BROAD INDUSTRIES:
- Advocacy & Community Outreach
- Fundraising & Development
- Government (Fed, State, Local)
- Government & Political Consulting
- Humanitarian Aid
- International Affairs & Development
- Non-Profit Administration & Management
- Policy & Research
- Public Safety & Corrections
- Security & Intelligence
- Social Justice
- Think Tanks
- Urban & Regional Planning
Opportunities at UD
- Summer Scholars - Application deadline is usually March 1.
- Summer Fellows - Application deadline is usually April 30.
- INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) - Application deadline is usually March 1.
Typical components of REU applications:
Prepare a good, well-crafted CV or resume. Receive feedback from the Career Center through Drop-In Hours and by uploading your resume for approval on Handshake. For industry-specific feedback, ask a faculty member to review your document.
Suggestion: Every semester, plan on adding at least one bullet point to your CV or resume. Volunteer to do some research even if it is only for an hour per week. Eventually, this will grow and give you content for publications and presentations.
An essay (or a research statement)
If needed for the process, read the position advertisement that you wish to apply for carefully, and identify if they are looking for anything specific in the essay or statement. If no instructions are given, you may consider covering the following:
- Why do you want to apply for the position, or what do you wish to accomplish from participating in the research program? (Possible answers: prepare for graduate school, solve scientifically important problems, apply knowledge gained from coursework to solve real-world problems or to gain research experience.)
- What prior experience do you have with research? If you haven't participated in research before, include relevant course projects or scientific methods with which you are familiar.
- What are your research interests? If you already have research interests, describe them and connect them to topics mentioned in the position description. It is okay to be flexible in describing research interests so that you maximize your chances of getting the position and give yourself an opportunity to learn new things. You may consider seeking advice from a faculty member in your department.
Typically students ask course instructors for letters of recommendation. They can speak to your work ethic, but can't always speak to your research experience. To stand out among applicants, volunteer in labs and talk with faculty about your research interests. Once you have some experience, you can ask your research supervisors for letters of support.
Note: For UD Summer Scholars and Fellows programs, you should contact a professor with whom you want to work to discuss a research topic. You will need a letter from that professor to support your application. You may wish to contact multiple professors to see what opportunities are available.
- College Democrats
- College Republicans
- International Relations Club
- United Nations Association at UD
- HenLaw Society
- StUDent Government Association (SGA)
To find out more about these RSOs and how to get involved, visit Student Central.
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- American Association for Political Consultants
- American Bar Association
- American Political Science Association
- American Public Works Association
- American Society for Public Administration
- The American Society of Criminology
- Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management
- Association of Fundraising Professionals
- Council of Foundations
- Foreign Policy Association
- International Studies Association
- NALS: the association for legal professionals
- National Association of Legal Assistants
- National Council of Nonprofits
- Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
- Partnership for Public Service
- Society for Nonprofits
- Women in Government
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY
- Log in to your Handshake account.
- Choose "Personalize Handshake" at the top of your home screen.
- Choose from 8 different industry-focused communities.
- Start learning about jobs, internships, and events that interest you.
- City Year
- Department of Energy
- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
- Korean Embassy
- Peace Corps
- State of Delaware
- Teach for America
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife - The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
- U.S. House of Representatives
The UD Career Center is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.