As you begin preparing application materials for the next step in your professional career, Student Affairs is available to guide you through each step of the process. Learn more about the resources that will empower your search, or make an appointment for individual assistance.
Drexel Job Search Websites
The Office of Education manages Symplicity, a School-wide portal that allows full-time degree-seeking students and alumni to view opportunities to complete the required experiential learning placements (including APE, ILE, and data analysis projects), as well as jobs, and other paid and unpaid internships and fellowships relevant to public health.
Register for an account on Symplicity and create your profile. Please note that it may take 1-2 business days for your account to be approved. New students will receive access to Symplicity after Orientation concludes.
Steinbright Career Development Centers manages Handshake, a University-wide portal that allows students to view internships and jobs posted by alumni and employers. We encourage students to create a Handshake profile 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 SCDC for more information on access to Handshake.
Review the Handshake tutorial.
Federal Work-Study is a need-based program designed to create part-time employment opportunities for eligible students. Work-study funding is awarded as part of a student’s financial aid package. Students search and apply for work-study positions and if hired, earn up to the amount offered for the year through bi-weekly paychecks based on the hours they work.
Contact the HR Service Center for more information on student employment.
F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus while attending classes. This work does not need to be related to your program of study but you must maintain your student visa status while engaged in this type of work. As an international student, you are not eligible for Federal Work-Study positions, but there are other options. Consider visiting offices/departments at Drexel to ask if they are looking to hire students. Check with your academic department, ask your friends where/how they have found jobs, or visit any student service office you may use to see if anyone is hiring. Contact the International Students and Scholars Services for any specific questions.
Review additional job searching tips for international students.
Other Job Search Websites
ASPPH Reciprocity Request
Dornsife School of Public Health is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). A benefit of this membership includes helping current students and recent alumni access the job posting databases of other Schools and Programs of Public Health at other institutions of higher education. In order to secure access to the posting board of another member institution, please email Michelle Quigley with the name of the member institution and the contact information of the member institution’s career services staff.
This handout reviews job and internship online databases that may assist you in your search.
Drexel Library Guide
Drexel Library Guide (LibGuide) for Public Health Careers
Resources for researching careers and all known databases for finding jobs in Public Health.
Global Health Opportunities
This handout for upcoming and recent graduates interested in global health describes internships, entry-level, and early-career positions.
Public Health Careers
PublicHealthCareers.org is dedicated to promoting careers and jobs in U.S. state and territorial governmental public health agencies. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), use this search engine to search public health job opportunities across the U.S.
Public Health Professional Organizations
Networking with public health professionals can assist in the job search process. This handout provides a list of professional public health organizations that may offer professional development workshops, networking events, job boards, and list serves that can assist your search.
Job Search Resources
This handout outlines an exercise in crafting an elevator pitch.
Job Search Timeline Overview
This handout provides a detailed month-to-month timeline of steps for your job search and a career planning worksheet.
Subscribing to a listserv for job alerts or industry information can be a helpful way to stay connected to public health news. Check out some examples below:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; information on state and area data; similar occupations; and sources of additional information for more than 300 occupational profiles covering about 4 out of 5 jobs in the economy.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. O*NET is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation. O*NET information can be used to learn about training and job opportunities, and includes free self-assessments.
Networking through Informational Interviewing
This handout reviews the informational interviewing process, how to prepare for the interview, and sample questions to ask. Steinbright Career Development Center also offers tips on Informational Interviews.
Practical Advice for Transgender and Nonbinary Folks Navigating the Job Search
If you’re applying or thinking about applying to jobs, especially if you’re doing it for the first time since transitioning or coming out, here are seven tips to help make your experience easier—from people who’ve been there.
Steinbright Career Development Center
Vetting Company Culture for Inclusive Excellence
This handout, developed by Clark University, explores different strategies for identifying a company’s culture and offers considerations before accepting a job offer.