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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
UMBC campuses are closed, but courses are now online and employees are working remotely.

Students & Alumni

Our Career Center team is committed to supporting you. We are currently working remotely and have adapted many of our regular services and events in creative and technology-focused ways.

Review a Note To Our UMBC Retrievers, written by Career Center Director, Christine Routzahn, offering support and guidance to students navigating their career journeys during this time.

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Hours & Contact Details
Remote Appointments
Resume & Cover Letter Reviews
Workshops & Events
Career Center Practicums
Internship & Job Search Support
Virtual Resources

Hours of Operation & Contact Details

Career Center Staff continue to monitor email and telephone messages throughout the day from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Questions and requests will be routed to the appropriate staff member for response. General questions can also be left on our main reception line at 410-455-2216. Please note at this time Career Center staff are working remotely. Therefore, leaving your email address in addition to your name and phone number will help in providing a quick response.

General questions: careers@umbc.edu

Student intern questions: internships@umbc.edu

UMBCworks support: umbcworks@umbc.edu

Appointments: Remote Career & Internship Coaching

Can I talk with a Career Specialist? How can I get assistance with my job and internship search?

Absolutely! Career Center professionals are available for virtual appointments Monday through Friday. Students and alumni may schedule individual 30- or 60-minute appointments through UMBCworks. Simply click on “Counseling Appt” from the UMBCworks homepage menu. Career specialists support a multitude of appointments including resume reviews, job/internship search assistance, interview prep, graduate school assistance and major decision making. After selecting your date/time of choice, you will be given the option for phone or Webex video/screen-share appointment mode. An increased number of virtual appointments are currently being made available. Drop-in hours are suspended until further notice or when campus resumes normal operations.

As an Alum, can I also schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Specialist? Will I be charged for the appointment?

Alumni can also schedule appointments to meet with a Career Specialist. In response to the current economic climate, we are temporarily waiving the $30 fee for alumni appointments. This is for all first appointments. Alumni can now easily schedule appointments directly via UMBCworks. We recommend selecting a 60-minute appointment slot. Any follow-up appointment will incur the $30 fee per appointment. If you need support with your UMBCworks account, e-mail umbcworks@umbc.edu.

Resume & Cover Letter Reviews

How can I get my resume approved in UMBCworks? Can I obtain feedback on my resume and cover letter outside of scheduling an appointment?

A virtual resume review appointment can be made with a member of the Career Center by scheduling a 30-minute or 60-minute Webex appointment through UMBCworks. Alternatively, resumes and cover letters can be reviewed and approved by email. Simply upload your document(s) to UMBCworks and then send an email to the Resume Review Inbox requesting a critique (ResumeReviews@umbc.edu). Resumes will be reviewed daily. Please allow up to four business days to receive feedback on your credential(s). Resumes can be approved sooner upon request. Be sure to also review our resume and cover letter templates and samples for guidance. In addition, refer to sample resumes in our Career Guide (starting on p. 21). Those using the Resume Review Inbox are not required to schedule a Webex/phone appointment with a Career Specialist, unless this is your preference.

Workshops, Information Sessions & Recruiting Events

Are you still holding recruiting events and professional development workshops?

Career workshops, panels and employer recruiting events are being offered virtually during UMBC’s remote learning period. Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events. We’ll also provide updates with the latest information on our myUMBC groups page along with UMBCworks. Our list of programs continues to grow.

As a student organization leader, am I able to request a virtual workshop for my group?

Yes, UMBC student organization leaders may request a virtual workshop by simply completing our workshop request form.

Career Center Practicums- Internships, Co-ops & Research

The Center’s Practicum courses, including PRAC 98, 99, and 102, will continue as planned, with alternatives to assignments that originally involved in-person interactions with staff and employers on-campus.

Can I enroll in the Career Center’s Internship, Co-op, or Research Practicum and/or applied learning credit for a confirmed summer opportunity?

ABSOLUTELY, the Career Center and academic departments can provide you with permission to enroll in summer internship, co-op, and research courses for credit and non-credit. Feel free to contact us at internships@umbc.edu if you have any questions about our quick and virtual enrollment process.

Can I work onsite during my internship, co-op, or research experience this summer?

UMBC continues to follow public health advice, along with local jurisdiction mandates. In alignment with the University’s decision to offer classes only online for summer session, it is expected that off-campus educational activities will also be conducted remotely. If your summer internship or research experience includes any on-site work, please notify us at internships@umbc.edu and submit the ALEET Exception Request Form. If your position switches from remote to on-site mid-way through the summer, you can submit the exception request at that time. Each of us plays an important role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Your support and understanding during this extraordinarily challenging time is greatly appreciated. We will continue to share information and updates as the situation unfolds.

What if I can no longer complete the required 120 hours for the Practicum during the course of my experience?

We recognize the unique challenges that the COVID-19 crisis poses to students engaged in applied learning, and we are committed to supporting you during this time. We will be flexible with the 120-hour requirement for Practicum courses, and may provide alternative assignments as needed for students who cannot continue at their site for any reason. If your experience was cancelled before it began, or shortly after it began, please contact your Practicum Coordinator as soon as possible.

How can I make the most of my experience while working remotely?

As a result of the pandemic, many internships and jobs have been moved to virtual spaces in an effort to encourage social distancing. Don’t worry, it is possible to have a rewarding, meaningful experience while working remotely. Be sure to establish clear expectations for the timeline and how you will stay connected. We recommend regular check-ins by phone or video conference, ideally multiple times per week. In addition, your employer may use collaborative productivity tools such as Slack or Microsoft Teams. To stay motivated and on-task, keep to a regular working schedule as much as possible. We also recommend setting up a workstation away from distractions. Finally, remember to practice patience and empathy in your interactions with colleagues during this challenging time.

What workshop options are available for practicum students?

The Career Center is hosting a number of virtual workshops this summer that can satisfy the workshop requirement for your Practicum course. Students who are enrolled in the Intern Success Practicum can also elect to complete one of the online workshops available in Blackboard.

Internship & Job Search Strategies

Are employers still hiring? What are some strategies for navigating the job/internship search process during COVID-19?

Yes, employers are still hiring, although many are still in the process of evaluating their hiring needs. As priorities change, some employers may also delay recruiting until normal operating procedures resume. Take some time to review our session on Job Search Strategies in the time of COVID-19. Hiring processes are likely to proceed remotely, which means students should prepare for phone and video interviews. Practice virtual interviewing with Big Interview. Be sure to also log into UMBCworks and check out what opportunities are available including remote options. The Career Center will continue to connect you to employers through virtual information sessions, fairs and career panels.

How can I prepare for a virtual interview?

Be sure to check out Big Interview to practice interview questions on your own. Additionally, feel free to schedule a career counseling appointment via UMBCworks to practice answering interview questions with a career specialist. Some of our interview preparation resources can also be found on-line.

Will the internship, research experience, or full-time job I accepted be impacted?

Reach out to your primary contact at the organization where you accepted an offer to inquire about their plans. Several employers are continuing to review their intern and entry-level hiring plans making decisions to move positions to remote work, delay start dates or, unfortunately, cancel their programs. It is important to reach out to employers, but use empathy in your follow-ups to check-in on your status.

Here is a sample message to send to your contact:

Dear (address to an individual if you have a contact),

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to inquire about the status of my position with (name of organization) and whether any changes have been made that will affect my role and/or start date? I am excited to start as an (intern/full-time employee) and want to follow any guidelines put in place.

Thank you for your support and any information that you can provide. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

(your name)

Can I enroll in the Career Center’s Internship, Co-op, or Research Practicum and/or applied learning credit for a confirmed summer opportunity?

ABSOLUTELY, the Career Center and academic departments can provide you with permission to enroll in summer internship, co-op, and research courses for credit and non-credit. Feel free to contact us at internships@umbc.edu if you have any questions about our quick and virtual enrollment process.

My summer internship, co-op, or research experience was cancelled. What should I do?

Consider asking the employer if a virtual internship is possible in lieu of on-site work. Is there a project you can contribute to remotely? Many positions in communications, the arts, technology, and business lend themselves to virtual work. If this is not possible, you can search for remote internships/positions with other organizations including micro internships. For assistance, schedule an internship/job search appointment with the Career Center via UMBCworks.

What is a micro-internship and how can I locate one?

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are like those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. You can create a free account on Parker Dewey to search for Micro-Internships. Projects exist for all majors and can incorporate a student’s outside experience/interests learned outside of their major.

I don’t have a summer position. How can I make the best use of my time?

There are many other ways that you can enhance your professional skills and experience this summer. For example, you can conduct independent research, produce a substantial creative work, participate in virtual service learning/volunteer experience or micro internship, start freelancing, or earn professional certifications via online learning platforms. Additional suggestions can be found here.

Virtual Resources 

Do you have any additional resources that can support my internship/job search or career development?

A variety of online career resources can be accessed 24/7. We encourage you to explore our full website for additional information.

  • Remote Career Coaching Support: Our team is offering 1:1 appointments (via Webex or phone) to support students and alumni in their career exploration and job/internship search. Schedule appointments in UMBCworks.
  • Review our session on Job Search Strategies in the time of COVID-19.
  • UMBCworks: UMBC’s official career platform where you can make appointments, access events, as well as hundreds of job and internship postings.
  • Focus2: Take an online assessment to help get clarity on potential majors and career paths.
  • GoinGlobal: Explore this global job and internship resource; country and city guides which include examples of country-specific resumes, and a H1B Plus database of employers seeking to hire international talent.
  • Vault: Find information on a variety of employers, careers as well as interviewing strategies and job search tips.
  • Big Interview: An interview training platform where you can build confidence in your virtual interview skills through free access to this online platform.
  • Network via LinkedIn: Make connections with UMBC alum on the UMBC alumni LinkedIn page (over 67,000 members) and also network with alum by joining our Alumni-Student Networking Group.