The Smith Undergraduate Program is widely recognized as "the crown jewel of the Smith School." Our students are bright, highly motivated, savvy, and mature -- did we mention entrepreneurial, diligent and resourceful? They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are eager to do what is required to succeed in their job search and career.

Signature Events

Our career resources are built to encourage our undergraduate students to explore industry and career options through experiential learning outside of the classroom, through coaching, clubs, treks and more. Our four-year plan allows students to connect with professionals in the field they want to go into through alumni panels, the employer of the day table, and networking events. These offerings allow students to develop holistically, based on their own interest and purpose. Questions to get involved as an employer or a student can be sent to ocs_ug@rhsmith.umd.edu

Smith Undergraduate Career Fair

The Smith Undergraduate Career Fair brings together more than 100 top employers and with 1,000 talented business school students. All Smith undergraduate students and Smith undergraduate alumni are welcome to attend this fair, which is held twice a year. Students will be seeking externships, internships and full-time opportunities from all eight business majors: accounting, finance, marketing, supply chain management, operations management and business analytics, information systems, management, and international business.

Learn More About Career Fairs

Industry Mash-Ups

The undergraduate industry mash-ups are a great way for students to meet employers and employers to meet students. In small networking sessions, employers are able to talk with students about the skills needed for success and students get a sense of their place at the company. Open to all eight majors, this opportunity helps connect top talent to the right place.

BMGT 367 Career Search Strategies Course

BMGT 367 is a mandatory one-credit course required of all undergraduate business students. It combines the keys to career success such as resumes, cover letters and communication skills with instructors that current work in a variety of industry backgrounds to ensure our students are as prepared as possible for their future endeavors.

Smith In the City

Each year, OCS organizes the popular "Smith in the City" trek, where about 140 students travel to New York City and Washington, D.C. Students are grouped into eight different major-based tracks. They visit companies relevant to their major and talk with industry professionals - who many times are Terps - to gain a better understanding of the industry and individual company culture.

Read about a recent trip to NYC.

Careers on Tour

OCS works with company partners to develop local visits to a variety of companies across all industries that support our student career development and exploration as well as increase company presence and brand with our students.

SUSA Business Week

In collaboration with SUSA (the Smith Undergraduate Student Association), the undergraduate programming team puts on a week of events leading up the career fair. During this time, students are encouraged to get involved with SUSA, any one of the 24 students clubs and learn more about the Smith School. SUSA supports and collaborates with Smith’s student-run clubs, which are an integral part of forming a community within Smith. Each club has its own unique focus that allows students to explore majors, career paths, cultures, and other affinities.

We partner with key players across the school for events that serve to build our undergraduates career acumen, such as SmithStart and BMGT 398a with the Undergraduate Programs Office.

Undergraduate Career Coaching and Curriculum

Our curriculum and program calendar have been strategically designed to help you build your core undergraduate career content as efficiently as possible and to offer opportunities to practice storytelling, networking and interviewing techniques that are critical to your undergraduate advancement. OCS will take you through a phased approach to creating your core career portfolio, complemented with next-level learning and capstone experiences. This entire career development protocol repeats each year so that you can get what you need when you need it.

The Coaching Partnership

The undergraduate coaching team takes a holistic view of student development. With a focus on experiential learning, students are guided and encouraged from day one to develop themselves as well as their careers. Any of our career coaches are dedicated to meeting our students where they are to help facilitate moving forward to reach their highest potential.

Coaching and Appointments

The undergraduate team provides coaching to students in two primary ways to best meet students where they are. Students can attend walk-in hours from 12-2 p.m. Monday through Friday to discuss any of the pressing career needs from networking tips, to negotiating an offer letter or a quick review of their resume. To schedule a coaching appointment or a mock interview with a career coach, simply visit HireSmith and schedule an available date and time that's convenient for you. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact ocsservice@rhsmith.umd.edu. To see a coach at the Shady Grove campus, make sure to come to Career Wednesdays from 12-3 p.m. every Wednesday of the semester. Shady Grove students are also encouraged to come to the College Park campus as well as get involved on their own campus.

Career Conversation Topics

Career coaching is not just for those seeking new jobs. Coaches are here to assist students with all their career development needs, whatever they may be. Topics can include:
  • Resume building
  • Cover letter reviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Major exploration
  • Job and internship search strategy
  • Offer negotiation
  • Career exploration
  • Exploring personal brand and online brand review
  • LinkedIn
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