Career Services Office

Services provided by the Career Services Office include:

  • Individual counseling: Students can sign up for individual counseling sessions to discuss resume & cover letter preparation, interviewing skills, internship opportunities, mentoring links, and job searches.
  • Health Policy and Management Alumni Liaisons (HPALS): HPALS is a mentoring program that matches students in one-on-one relationships with alumni mentors and other professionals in the field of practice. This program is intended to provide students with an opportunity to interact with successful healthcare leaders in a variety of professional areas while giving alumni the chance to remain connected with students, the department, and the School of Public Health. HPALS mentors generally have relevant experience, a commitment to the field of public health and community service, and a general interest in building a personal and professional relationship with an early careerist. This is an opportunity for students to begin to develop their own professional network, and participation is voluntary.
  • Field Training Process: The CSO coordinates the process of completing the required field training experience during the summer between the two years in the department in association with the student’s faculty advisor and the procedures outlined in the Field Training Manual. This process includes assistance in identifying a field placement site and developing the field training plan.
  • Employment Opportunities: The CSO distributes numerous job announcements, internship opportunities, and fellowship/residency opportunities via email. Job announcements also are posted on the HPM website through the Jobs link. The CSO also coordinates the schedule of recruiting visits for organizations coming into the department during the year.
  • Internship Files: The CSO files include information on internships held by HPM graduate and undergraduate students in the past several years in addition to information concerning possible placement sites.
  • Recruiting Presentations and Interviews: Current and prospective preceptors and employers are invited to interview students during the year for internships, fellowships, and job openings. Interview dates and times are announced regularly through the CSO.
  • Internship information sessions: Two mandatory informational meetings are held early in the fall and spring semesters. During the fall meeting the process of obtaining an internship is described, including internship objectives, communication with preceptors, and key dates. All required internship paperwork is explained during the spring session.
  • Internship Panel: Held in the fall semester at orientation (undergraduates) and during HPAA 601 (graduate students), this mandatory event brings together second year HPM students as panelists to discuss their field training experiences. First year students, both graduate and undergraduate, can gain insight into the variety of sites and the internship process.
  • Professional Development Workshops: Professional development workshops are held at various times throughout the academic year and offer students opportunities to improve skills that will enhance both internship and job search experiences.


Cathy Padgett
Career Services Coordinator
118 Rosenau Hall, CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

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