Career Services

Alumni Engagement

Our University of Maryland alumni actively support a variety of career events, including industry-specific mock interviews, alumni insights workshops, industry panels, and city campus networking events. Smith also has local and global alumni chapters that collaborate to reinvest in our students, share job opportunities and cultivate our expanded Smith professional community. The Office of Career Services works closely with our alumni at all stages of their careers.

Terps Helping Terps

No matter where your career may have taken you, you were a Smith School student – and a Terp – first. Pay it forward and help a fellow Terp in any number of ways.

  • Career Coaching: Our dedicated Coaches and Industry Advisors come from all corners of business to aid you in finding your perfect fit. They can help with career and major exploration, researching companies and positions, mock interviews, creating resumes and cover letters, preparing for the interview, and negotiating offers.
  • Facilitate Networking Events
  • Conduct Mock Interviews
  • Participate on Career Panels
  • Give to the Smith School

Events

The Smith School hosts hundreds of events each year. Below are a sampling of events focused on lifelong learning and career networking. For a full listing of Smith School events - including Cupid's Cup Business Competition and the Social Enterprise Symposium - visit our online calendar.

Smith School Business Summit

The Smith School Business Summit (SSBS) provides an opportunity for the entire Smith community to engage in compelling discussions on current trends and strategies. The annual event is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and features a compelling keynote speaker, followed by a series of expert panels, ending with a cocktail reception. Widely regarded as one of Smith’s best events that brings together alumni, local businesses, students, faculty, and staff, SSBS registration fills up quickly.

Backyard Networking Series

Do you or your company have a job that could use a little turtle power? Our Backyard Networking Series is the perfect face-to-face conduit to share opportunities with other alumni. Casual networking events like these help us achieve our goal of keeping our alumni connected with the Smith community.

CEO @ Smith

CEO@Smith is a dynamic speaker series designed to connect our community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff with leading business practitioners and innovators. The interactive atmosphere blended with invaluable wisdom from top CEOs provides many exceptional opportunities throughout the year to learn from industry giants. Each event is free and open to the public, and takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Frank Auditorium, Van Munching Hall, at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Lifelong Learning

Graduate Degrees

Looking to advance your career? The Smith School has many different options for working professionals. The top-ranked Smith MBA program is available in five convenient formats to fit your lifestyle: full-time, evening, weekend, executive, and online. Programs are held in College Park, Md., Baltimore, Md., Shady Grove, Md., and Washington, D.C. Smith also offers an executive MBA in Beijing, China.

Want to focus on a specific area? One of Smith's five MS in Business programs may be what you're looking for: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing Anayltics, and Supply Chain Management.

Executive Education

Already have a graduate degree but you want to get up to speed on new techniques? Smith has a full suite of open enrollment and custom Executive Education opportunities. Right now, the Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate Program is accepting applications for fall 2013.

Faculty Insight

Want to stay abreast of current business topics? Depending on your preferred method of delivery, the Smith School has various ways for you to catch up on what's being taught in the classroom.

  • Smith Business magazine and the Research@Smith newsletter highlight the latest faculty research and are available in print and online.
  • Smith faculty and administrators are tapped by the world's top news outlets every day for expert commentary. Smith School in the News features a compilation of top media hits.
  • Smith Business Close-Up is a five-minute biweekly television segment that focuses on the latest thinking in business management, and features in-depth interviews with Smith School faculty and other members of the school’s community of business leaders. The program is co-produced by the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Maryland Public Television.
  • Video on newsworthy hot topics, keynote speakers and event highlights is available on the Smith School YouTube channel.

Stay Connected

Class Profiles & Placement

Smith Students

Graduate

Many recruiters visit schools with one thing in mind: hiring entry-level talent. At Smith, we can bring much more to your talent pipeline. Take the working professional, for instance. Why go through a search firm for your organization's mid- and senior-level leadership needs? We've got seasoned students with current skills and know-how to infuse your talent pipelines.

Class Profiles

Full-time MBA (College Park, Md.)

Our Smith full-time MBAs are smart, ambitious and focused team players. They arrive with an average of five years of work experience, are geographically mobile, and know that a graduate degree is their ticket to the job and salary they want. To them, career success means more than just a financially rewarding position. It means making a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Many of our full-time MBA students are entrepreneurial and seek to either launch their own enterprises or work with start-ups. Innovative leadership development experiences, such as storytelling and IMPROV, enhance the persuasive speaking skills sought by recruiters.

Part-time MBA (Washington, D.C., Shady Grove, Md., Baltimore, Md.)

Smith part-time MBA students are proven professionals who are ambitious, resilient and motivated multi-taskers, bringing real-world, collaborative, problem-solving experience across government, commercial and non-profit sectors. They typically arrive with five-eight years of professional experience and seek meaningful work with expanded leadership responsibility.

Confident, yet grounded, they are well connected, politically savvy and make use of their expanded professional networks. These busy, mobile professionals are also masters of efficiency. They have a strong work ethic and hit the ground running. The majority offer interdisciplinary skills as they add the MBA to their varied backgrounds, including military leadership, to prepare for career transitions.

Executive MBA (College Park, Md., and Beijing, China)

Our executive MBA students are seasoned leaders with extensive work experience and enhanced leadership skills. They have a thirst for learning, are collaborative, entrepreneurial and receive intensive executive coaching throughout the programs 18-month duration.

The intense fast-paced program places strong emphasis on leadership across functional areas. Our executives have an average of 15 years of professional experience, and after mastering new skills that make world-class executives successful, can offer immediate benefits to your organization.

For more information about our China EMBA program click here.

Master of Science in Business Programs (College Park, Md., Washington, D.C., Shady Grove, Md., Baltimore, Md.)

Representing 20 countries from around the world, our MS in Business students are super-smart, global citizens with experience conducting business abroad. They have a strong record of academic achievement and possess excellent quantitative and analytical skills. These students are young in their careers, arriving with at least three years of work experience or internships, and are eager to learn and grow. Many are also bi-lingual and multi-lingual.

Our MS in Business students learn from the same world-renowned professors that teach in our MBA programs. These students are highly sought after by multinational firms for their enhanced analytics skills and specialized knowledge. Currently there are six MS degrees in accounting, finance, information systems, marketing analytics, and supply chain management.

Hiring International Students

As a top-ranked global business school, students come to Smith from all over the world. We have engaged an immigration attorney to help answer any questions you may have about how to employ these talented students and successfully navigate the H1B process. Our goal is to make hiring our international students easy, efficient and exceptional.

Placement Statistics

The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location. This report for full-time MBA placement statistics conforms to the MBA Career Services Council (CSC) standards for reporting MBA statistics.

Undergraduate

Our undergraduate program is widely recognized as "The Crown Jewel of the Smith School." Smith School undergrads are among the brightest students at the University of Maryland. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are willing and eager to do what is required to succeed in their job search and career. Highly sought after by the Big 4 and other accounting firms, many of our undergraduate accounting majors graduate with eligibility to sit for the CPA exam.

The following undergraduate majors are available in business: AccountingFinanceManagement, Information SystemsInternational BusinessSupply Chain ManagementMarketing, or Operations Management.

Placement Statistics

See our most recent Undergraduate Placement Statistics. The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location.

 

Your Day at Smith

Day At Smith

Recruiting Made Easy

The Office of Career Services at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business strives to make your on-campus interviewing experience exceptional, easy and efficient. We assist in planning, preparing and executing on-campus interviews. Our 19 interview rooms are at your disposal, and when you’re ready for a break, have lunch on us. Can’t make it to College Park? CISCO TelePresence brings our campus – and top-notch students – to you.

Open in 2011, our state-of-the-art, full-service recruiting suite was designed with the needs of recruiters in mind, and we've paid attention to every detail. From the improved layout and design, to the substantial investment we've made in new technologies, staff and programming, we aim to create an environment that will make you successful in the war for talent.

  • When you arrive at Van Munching Hall, you will find convenient, preferred recruiter parking just steps away from the building in Mowatt Lane Garage (Directions).
  • Upon check-in, our staff will review your agenda, provide candidate folders, and lead you to your designated interview room(s).
  • Interviews are typically scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch in our spacious employer lounge, where you'll have an opportunity to relax and network with your colleagues.

Travel Information

The University of Maryland is conveniently located in the heart of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. College Park, Maryland, is inside the Capital Beltway, just eight miles from downtown D.C., and campus is easily accessible via car, bus, Metro, train, and airplane. The Smith School also has offices in Washington, D.C., Shady Grove, Md., Baltimore, Md., and Beijing, China.

Recommended Hotels

Recommended Dining

  • Table Service Restaurants
    • Adele’s (Stamp Student Union)
    • Busboys and Poets (Hyattsville, MD)
    • Chef’s Secret (Greenbelt, MD)
    • Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store (Hyattsville, MD)
    • Hard Times Café (College Park, MD)
    • Ledo’s Pizza (College Park, MD)
    • Mulligan's Grill and Pub (College Park, MD, overlooking the UMD Golf Course)
    • RJ Bentley’s Filling Station (College Park, MD)
  • Quick Service Restaurants
    • Bobby’s Burger Palace (College Park, MD)
    • Elevation Burger (Hyattsville, MD)
    • Jason’s Deli (College Park, MD)
    • Noodles (College Park, MD)
    • Spice6 (Hyattsville, MD)

Additional Travel Information

Post a Job

Smith Graduates

Employers: Post a Job on HireSmith

To add your opportunity for current students or alumni, please visit our HireSmith online recruiting system to register and post. If you need assistance, please call 301-405-2301 or send email to ocsrecruiter@rhsmith.umd.edu.

There are many benefits of utilizing HireSmith to post your position, including:

  • No cost for posting
  • Exclusive audience of approximately 5,000 Smith students with one posting
  • Ability to post, edit, and remove positions at any time
  • Easy resume review with the option to have bundled applications emailed to you in a single PDF
  • Ability to schedule on-campus recruiting interview dates
  • Access to career staff for assistance with your recruiting process

HireSmith  is powered by MBA Focus - the market leader in business school recruitment technology.

Visit HireSmith to set up your complimentary account.

Employer Engagement

Employer Engagement

You’re a relationship builder with a passion for students and a commitment to finding the best and brightest talent for your company. At the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, we are equally driven by an innovative approach to talent management across a broad spectrum of programs and we pledge to provide unparalleled customer service. We invite you to get involved, stay involved and build your brand with Smith.

We offer a variety of ways to partner with us. Whether you’re a Smith Terp with a vested interest in giving back to your school, or are new to recruiting at Smith, here are several options for connecting with the talent you desire and building a strategic presence on our campus.

HireSmith – Our Online Recruiting Portal

Post jobs, review resumes and schedule on-campus recruiting interview dates. Visit hiresmith.net to set up your complimentary account.

Information Sessions and Corporate Presentations

Drive student interest and increase your brand visibility by scheduling sessions that convey your company’s unique value proposition and hiring needs.

Employer of the Day

Your company will have high visibility at the Smith School’s main entrance where you’ll network with students, both informally in groups and one-on-one, for all or part of the day.

Employer-in-Residence

You’ll conduct informal coaching and advising sessions with Smith students from your own in-house suite, providing them with additional expertise in mapping out their career goals.

On-Campus Interviews

This is the most effective way to recruit at the Smith School. We assist in planning, preparing and executing on-campus interviews, making your experience here easy, efficient and exceptional. Our 19 interview suites are at your disposal, and when you’re ready for a break, have lunch on us.

Connect Virtually

Can’t make it to College Park? CISCO TelePresence brings our campus — and our top-notch students — to you.

Annual Career Fairs

There are dozens of local and on-campus career fairs, including: CareerQuest, Smith Undergraduate, MS, and Start-Up fairs; Supply Chain Management Industry Day, and other Just-in-Time networking events.

Please note: The 2013 Undergraduate Career Fair on September 20, 2013 is sold out. The 2014 Undergraduate Virtual Career Fair will take place on February 14, 2014. Please contact the Office of Career Services for additional information about this event. 

Employers, click here to access exposition forms to ship your exhibit materials and to order other services. 

Volunteer

Partner with us to develop our Smith Terps through participation in resume reviews, mock interview workshops or career panels.

Make New Connections

OCS can also connect you with other Smith departments to create brand awareness, including executive speaking engagements and partnerships with faculty, student clubs and our Centers of Excellence.

Signature Events

The Smith School sponsors hundreds of events each year, including CEO@Smith and the Smith School Business Summit (SSBS), which provides an opportunity for the entire Smith School community to engage in compelling discussions on currents trends and strategies.

 

Employers

Career Fair

Recruiting at Smith

The Office of Career Services (OCS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business works to form productive, lasting relationships and careers with your company, so we take great care in matching our best and brightest to your needs. Our commitment to our employers is reflected in the layout and amenities of our new suite, and in our belief that if you can’t get to us, we will gladly come to you.

Not sure how you want to get involved yet? Visit our Employer Engagement page with several options to connect with the talent you desire and building a strategic presence at the Smith School. When you're ready to post a job, visit HireSmith, our online recruiting system. On your way to campus for an interview? Your Day at Smith has directions, information about our career suite and all of the travel information you will need.

MBA students recently ranked the Smith School’s OCS among the Top 5 in the U.S. for “Best Career Services,” giving us an A+ rating across the board for our career services offerings, quality of teachers, leadership skills acquired in the program, and the caliber of classmates. (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

 

Graduate

MBA Orientation

Working with the OCS

You’ve put in the late hours, and you’ve sharpened your skills, and now it’s time to find your place in the business world. The Office of Career Services is your closest partner as you search for that perfect fit – a career that matches your skills and ambitions, encourages growth and is both personally and financially rewarding. We’re here to help you recognize your potential and leverage it to propel your career forward. Current students are able to access the full suite of career services and can apply for jobs online through HireSmith.

Career Services for Graduate Students

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Online Recruiting System/Job Database
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume & Cover Letter Advice
  • Networking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews
  • Walk-in Hours
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Target Job Search Management Technology
  • Soft Skill Development
  • Student Code of Conduct (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Placement Statistics

The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location. This report for full-time MBA placement statistics conforms to the MBA Career Services Council (CSC) standards for reporting MBA statistics.

The Gold Standard MBA Benchmark

The “Gold Standard” is a benchmark for Smith MBAs used by the OCS to determine student readiness for employer interaction and recommendation by OCS. The criteria each MBA student will be evaluated on is below:

Written Communication Skills

  • Uses OCS approved industry/job specific resume
  • Writes professional cover letters that follow the guidelines provided by the OCS
  • Drafts appropriate networking outreach that follow structure of key elements outlined in the guidelines
  • Writes timely and professional thank you notes for all informational interviews, networking conversations and job interviews

Oral Communication Skills

  • Demonstrates effective interview skills and is approved by OCS in a mock interview
  • Delivers clear, concise and compelling elevator speech

Professional Appearance and Demeanor

  • Exhibits appropriate business formal and business casual attire
  • Exhibits appropriate manners when dealing with potential employers

Self-Guided Career Development

  • Understands career path in the chosen field
  • Conducts extensive industry/company research followed by focused job search
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the value of networking and how to conduct it
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the job description and can create a cover letter that addresses how KSAOs (knowledge, skills, abilities, other) apply to that specific job

Interview Skills and Preparation

  • Innovative Career Programming Workshops
  • Improv Workshop
  • Alumni Mock Interviews
  • Salary Negotiation Training
  • Case Interview Prep
  • International Immersion Series
  • Corporate Partnership Series

Smith School Business Summit

The Smith School Business Summit (SSBS) provides an opportunity for the entire Smith community to engage in compelling discussions on current trends and strategies. The annual event always features a compelling keynote speaker, followed by a series of expert panels, ending with a cocktail reception. Widely regarded as one of Smith’s best events that brings together alumni, local businesses, students, faculty, and staff, SSBS registration fills up quickly.

Interview Toolkit

Need to brush up your interview skills? The Interview Toolkit is a comprehensive refresher to help you do (and look!) your best on the big day. Access these resources via HireSmith.

  • Etiquette for Professional Dress
  • Resume and Cover Letter Resources
  • Cover Letter Guidelines
  • Sample Resumes
  • Order OCS Business Cards and Nametags
  • Salary Negotiation Guidelines
  • Sample Interview Questions

Leadership Fellows

The competitive Leadership Fellows program recruits second-year MBA students to offer assistance to their MBA cohorts as they begin their all-important job search. These fellows gain valuable face time with employers, and assist their cohorts in the following ways:

  • Case and behavioral mock interviews
  • Resume reviews
  • Advice on changing a focus area
  • Answering questions about interviews

Who to Contact - Career Advising

Our dedicated Career Coaches and Industry Advisors come from all corners of business to aid you in finding your perfect job fit. They can help with career exploration, researching companies and positions, mock interviews, creating resumes and cover letters, preparing for the interview, and negotiating offers. The staff listing will help direct you to the appropriate contact.

Undergraduate

Career Fair

2013 Undergraduate Career Fair Program Book

Check out the companies that were present at the undergraduate career fair on September 20, 2013, at Riggs Alumni Center. Download Program Book.

Working with OCS

You’ve put in the late hours, and you’ve sharpened your skills, and now it’s time to find your place in the business world. The Office of Career Services is your closest partner as you search for that perfect fit – a career that matches your skills and ambitions, encourages growth and is both personally and financially rewarding. We’re here to help you recognize your potential and leverage it to propel your career forward. Current students are able to access the full suite of career services and can apply for jobs online through HireSmith.

Career Services for Undergraduates

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Assistance
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume and Cover Letter Advice
  • Connecting with Clubs
  • Networking
  • Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews

Exploring Majors and Careers

Our undergraduate program is widely recognized as "The Crown Jewel of the Smith School." Smith School undergrads are among the brightest students at the University of Maryland. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are willing and eager to do what is required to succeed in their job search and career. Highly sought after by top companies and the Big 4 accounting firms, Smith students move on to bright futures after graduation.

The following undergraduate majors are available in business: AccountingFinanceManagement, Information SystemsInternational BusinessSupply Chain ManagementMarketing, or Operations Management.

Placement Statistics

See our most recent Placement Statistics. The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location.

Coursework

  • BMGT 367: Career Strategies
    An overview and opportunity to practice job search skills critical to obtaining internships and full-time positions. Course will cover strategies for exploring career options, preparing job search materials, development of job search skills such as interviewing and networking. Students are encouraged to take this course in the sophomore or junior year.
  • BMGT 398: Internship for Credit

Career Advising and Resources

Interview Toolkit

  • Guidelines for Professional Dress
  • Undergraduate Resume Guide
  • Salary Negotiation and Job Offers
  • Etiquette for Professional Conferences

Undergraduate Student Programming & Talent Management

Rachel Loock
Director, Undergraduate Student Programming

301-405-5399

rloock@rhsmith.umd.edu

Ashlee Kerkhoff
Program Manager, Undergraduate Student Programming

301-405-9475

akerkhof@rhsmith.umd.edu

Current Students

Working with OCS

You’ve put in the late hours, and you’ve sharpened your skills, and now it’s time to find your place in the business world. The Office of Career Services is your closest partner as you search for that perfect fit – a career that matches your skills and ambitions, encourages growth and is both personally and financially rewarding. We’re here to help you recognize your potential and leverage it to propel your career forward. Current students are able to access the full suite of career services and can apply for jobs online through HireSmith.

Graduate

Florence

You’re smart, ambitious and focused. You’re willing to invest the time to enhance or transition your professional career into something better. You know a graduate degree in business is your ticket to the job and the salary you want, in a field that excites you. For you, career success means more than just a financially rewarding job. It’s about making a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Career Services for Graduate Students

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Online Recruiting System/Job Database
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume & Cover Letter Advice
  • Networking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews
  • Walk-in Hours
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Target Job Search Management Technology
  • Soft Skill Development

Placement Statistics

The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location. This report for full-time MBA placement statistics conforms to the MBA Career Services Council (CSC) standards for reporting MBA statistics.

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