Career Communities

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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.

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  • Advocacy & Community Outreach
  • Defense
  • Fundraising & Development
  • Government (Fed, State, Local)
  • Government & Political Consulting
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Intelligence
  • International Affairs & Development
  • Lobbying
  • Military
  • Non-Profit Administration & Management
  • Policy & Research
  • Politics
  • Public Safety & Corrections
  • Security & Intelligence
  • Social Justice
  • Think Tanks
  • Urban & Regional Planning

The list below will be continually updated. Students are advised to check the updated list here to monitor new opportunities.


Opportunities at UD

Opportunities at national labs, institutes and programs

Opportunities at research schools

Typical components of REU applications:


  • CV/Resume

Prepare a good, well-crafted CV or resume (consider using LaTeX). Receive feedback from the Career Center staff by scheduling an appointment with a career counselor through Handshake (and a faculty member, preferably from your department). Please don’t hesitate in asking for an appointment with a faculty member to get some feedback on your CV/resume.

Suggestion: Every semester, plan on adding at least one bullet point to your CV or resume. Interact with one or more faculty members to build some research content for a poster or presentation competition and look for research poster competitions and conferences at UD and in neighboring schools and institutes. 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)

Please read carefully the REU position advertisement that you wish to apply for, 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:

  1. Why do you want to apply for the position, or what do you wish to accomplish from participating in the research program? (Typical answers: prepare for graduate school, solve scientifically important problems, apply knowledge gained from coursework to solve real-world problems or simply to gain research experience.)
  2. What prior experience do you have on research? This is where you will find it important to get involved with research (at least to some level) with a faculty member so that you have some content to build a few sentences or paragraph on.
  3. What are your research interests? If you already have some research interests, describe it (try to make a connection to any particular research topics mentioned in the position description). It may be a good idea to be a bit 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.

Note: For the essay for the UD Summer Scholar or Fellow positions, you should contact a professor (who you want to work with) to discuss a research topic. You would need a letter from that professor to support your application. It won’t hurt to reach out to multiple professors and see who have projects available.

  • Recommendation letter

This is an important component of the application. Typically, students collect letters from course teachers. To stand out among the applicants, it may be very helpful to have something in your letter written on your research experience. To provide substance on this for your letter writers, consider getting involved with research with a faculty member (you may want to offer to do some volunteer research if needed). If you did not interact with a faculty member yet, start contacting them as soon as you can, and see if they have any research work that you could contribute to. Exposure to small research tasks may eventually lead to journal publications, and more importantly, may open up a new career path for you.


  • An online application (requesting basic information about the applicant).

For additional questions, send a follow-up email to Zubaer Hossain, Assistant Professor, at with a subject ’More Questions on REU’. In case your email remains unanswered (for two weeks), please check the subject of your email.  

  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • International Relations Club
  • United Nations Association at UD
  • HenMUN
  • HenLaw Society
  • StUDent Government Association (SGA)

 To find out more about these RSOs and how to get involved, visit Student Central.

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Adam Helgeson, Career Community Counselor


Make an appointment online via Handshake


  • Log into your Handshake account
  • Choose "Personalize Handshake" at the top of your home screen
  • Choose from eight 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

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