“Public health professionals analyze and develop programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad. Using education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation, public health professionals are agents for disease prevention and health promotion. The United States is placing a high priority on building up the nation’s public health workforce. A career in public health opens the door to diverse opportunities in a variety of sectors such as federal, private and non-governmental organizations.” Continue reading at Explore Health Careers.
Read trade magazines, newsletters, and popular websites in your industry area. Places to start include Global Health Now, Public Health Newswire, and ScienceDaily. Join relevant listservs; follow industry insiders via social media; and research the types of positions that are available in those fields. Vault, available to Georgetown students for free, is a good place to start your search. Company websites, O*NET, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook are equally helpful resources. You must show not only an interest, but also knowledge about the industry.
- To learn more about careers in global health, check out What is Public Health? and Global Health Career, 50 Top Public Health Jobs, and 50 Awesome Public Health Jobs (by degree level required)
- The Consortium of Universities for Global Health provides a comprehensive list of organization listings, placement opportunities, journals and more.
- To choose a master’s program, review the Consortium of Universities for Global Health list and Council on Education for Public Health.
Attend employer information sessions, industry events – on and off-campus, and connect with popular professional organizations regionally and nationally. Most relevant professional associations within international health include American Public Health Association, Global Health Council, World Health Professionals Alliance, Society for Public Health Education, Association of Public Health Laboratories, and InterAction (largest alliance with 190 NGOs and partners). Professional associations host a variety of professional development, educational, and networking events. If the cost of membership is prohibitive, contact leadership and ask if there are sliding scale prices for students. Volunteering for a conference, educational, or social event is another great way to connect with leaders in the industry.
Develop a LinkedIn profile that communicates your personal and professional brand. Joining groups related to your industry is a great way to meet new people, find mentors, contacts, and ask questions. Reach out to alumni through Hoya Gateway, Georgetown’s alumni page on LinkedIn, and Georgetown’s Alumni Career Network. Our site provides helpful guidelines on networking and building your LinkedIn profile.
Making Connections at Georgetown
Georgetown offers a number of opportunities for Hoyas to get involved. Joining a school club is an excellent way to learn more about the industry, develop your skills, and get hands-on experience. Some international health- related clubs and councils include Georgetown Refugee Action and NHS Academic Council. Give back to the D.C. and campus community by volunteering with groups, such as Project Sunshine Georgetown, Caring for Children with Cancer, CU Oncology Patient Support. Breast Cancer Outreach, St. Elizabeth’s Outreach, and Hoya Blood Donors.
Travel outside of the U.S. with GlobeMed or Center for Social Justice Alternative breaks (such as JUHAN Oaxaca) or in the D.C. area with GU Students for Health and Medical Equity to serve communities that lack adequate access to healthcare and more. Participate in research and get published in the peer-reviewed Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences or present at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Getting a job on or off campus can be another excellent way to build skills valued by employers.
To better understand what skills you need to highlight on your resume, check out internships, fellowships, and entry level positions in the international health industry. Your resume should be one page Your resume should be one page. Use strong action verbs and focus on your skills and accomplishments to show (not just tell) an employer that you have the required abilities. Be concise. See our resume section for more tips and advice. Be energetic, intelligent and aware when writing cover letters. Use specific examples to demonstrate your skills and abilities. The purpose of a cover letter is to convince someone to interview you. For more on cover letters, see our cover letter tips.
- Government/IOs: Center for Disease Control | National Institutes of Health | Food and Drug Administration | USAID | Peace Corps | Office of Global Affairs
- Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies: USAID| Pan American Health Organization (WHO) | United Nations | World Bank Group | International Red Cross
- Nonprofit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Doctors without Borders | Save the Children | | The Carter Center | Global Fund for Women | Center for Reproductive Law and Policy |American Refugee Committee | The American Red Cross | Research-focused NGOs