Career Communities

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Health & Science

Explore potential careers and develop industry-specific skills for success in the Health & Science 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 Health & Science Community.

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  • Allied Health Professions
  • Alternative Healthcare
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Fitness & Athletic Training
  • Health Care Administration & Management
  • Health Assessment & Insurance
  • Health-Based Community & Advocacy Orgs.
  • Health Coaching
  • Health Informatics & Information
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion/Wellness
  • Medical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Medical Research & Development
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Public Health
  • Speech, Language and Hearing
  • Sports Medicine

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Science
  • Astronomy & Space Science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Research and Technologies
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Production
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical & Medical Research

  • Cosmetics
  • Energy, Oil & Fuel
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Laboratory Management
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Physics
  • Research & Development
  • Scientific Consulting
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Technical & Science Writing

Opportunities at UD

Typical components of REU applications:


  • CV/Resume

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. 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. 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:

  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.

  • American Chemical Society (Student Affiliates)
  • American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Student Affiliate
  • Assistive Medical Technologies
  • Athletic Training Student Association
  • Deep Roots STEM Outreach
  • Exercise Science Club
  • Making Doctors
  • Medical & Molecular Sciences Club
  • Men in Nursing
  • Minority Association of Pre-Med Students at UD
  • Multicultural Student Nurses Organization
  • Nutrition & Dietetics Club
  • Occupational Therapy Club
  • Orthotics & Prosthetics Club
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
  • Pre-SOMA Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Student Nurses Organization

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


  • Agilent Technologies
  • American Conservation Experience
  • Colonial Metals
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Delaware Department of Safety & Homeland Security
  • GenScript, Innospec
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • QPS Holdings
  • University of Delaware


  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Christiana Care Health Systems
  • David Michael and Company
  • DuPont
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Penn Medicine
  • Perdue Farms
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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  • 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.
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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.