Published: Aug. 5, 2015

Jeff Spitz, Environmental Studies, May 2014

What were some of the services you used or events you attended through CU Boulder Career Services?

It's free, easy, and very useful to speak with a career services counselor in the C4C. Counselors help you with anything you need relating to professional development, job searching, and your future goals. I met with the same counselor several times for advice on phone interviews, help with resume writing, and guidance on thinking about an initial career path--which we all know can be very overwhelming! Through working with the counselor I became more focused in my career path, my interview skills greatly improved, and I had a well-written resume that made me a more confident and competitive job applicant.

What were the main steps you took to get your internship/job?

When I was a Sophomore in 2013, the counselor I worked with helped me prepare for an interview for an internship with the Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) at the University of Michigan funded by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FPHLP is a 10-week summer internship that I highly recommend to those who are interested in public health, professional development, and leadership training. Students from all backgrounds of study are encouraged to apply. The same counselor later helped me apply for my current job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Associates Program (PHAP) by editing my personal statement and providing feedback on my resume.

How did CU Boulder Career Services help you with your internship/job search process?

Through conversations with the counselor, I realized that I was most interested in pursing a job and career in public health. Realizing an area of focus narrows your job search and makes the process of job searching and applying easier and less daunting.

Describe your role and responsibilities at your current

Assigned by the CDC in October, 2014, I have worked as a Public Health Advisor for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. I work in several Brooklyn neighborhoods to improve family health outcomes through designing health education programs, designing and facilitating community events, and building community partnerships to raise awareness of health risks and to prevent negative health outcomes. In June 2014, I brought together and collaborated with several local nonprofits and corporate sponsors to organize "Hoops for Health", a successful day-long, and community-wide event in Brooklyn to educate fathers on child nutrition, breastfeeding, and general health awareness. PHAP is a 2-year, full time job for recent graduates that trains the "future leaders in public health." The CDC assigns associates to local, state, territorial, or tribal health departments across the nation.

What other comments or recommendations do you have for fellow Buffs as they begin their search?

Three recommendations: VOCALIZE your career interests and goals to your friends, family, and to a career services counselor. No one can help you achieve your goals if they don't know what they are. The power of ASKING. In my experience, asking for help and advice from more experienced professionals pays off. People want to help young students achieve their goals. It’s never too EARLY to start thinking about post-grad life. Begin by asking yourself where you would like to work and in what field, and a career services counselor can help.

What would you tell a student who has never used Career Services?

Career Services was so helpful to me and their services made me more competitive to employers when I was applying for internships and jobs.


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