Campus Partner Spotlight

Developing Talent in Our Students – Intern for a Day Program

Are you looking for ways to connect with students?  Have you considered mentoring a student and sharing insights about your work?  UMD’s mission emphasizes the importance of providing students with a world class education and co-curricular experiences.  Simply spending a half day with a student can make a tremendous impact on her/his career preparedness.  You may be surprised in the number of students who are interested in your field of work!

Availability is often an important factor when deciding how to spend time with students.  Although our daily work responsibilities need to be managed, there still may be a way to invite them into our offices to learn more about instruction, accounting, training, or public relations. Sharing our experience and career insights can help students prepare for work after graduation.

The University Career Center created the Intern for a Day program in Fall 2014 and several staff members from University Human Resources participated in this initiative last month.  This fall, the Intern for a Day program placed 444 students in shadowing opportunities in a wide variety of fields and industries throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

In order to participate in the program, students first attend an orientation session to receive information about the Intern for a Day application process, professional correspondence practices, and appropriate workplace etiquette and attire.  Interested undergraduate students are then invited to apply for various job shadowing opportunities.

This fall, Erica Ely, Program Director for Internships and Courtney Riley, Graduate Assistant, coordinated the application process and matched selected students with hosts.  Angela Jackson, Learning & Talent Development Specialist, volunteered to serve as a host to three students.  The students were invited to shadow her and Art Dwight, Learning & Talent Development Consultant, as they facilitated Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) training and Employee Development Initiative (EDI) training for University employees.

Zarrin Thompson (Economics ’17), Kritika Mahajan (Communications ’18) and Jason Snyder (Sociology ’17) participated in the Intern for a Day program with UHR.

They arrived at 7:00 am to help deliver training supplies to the training site, prepared the room for the session, and assisted with other logistical tasks.   They were introduced at the beginning of the program, provided a copy of training materials, and given an opportunity to engage with session participants.  After the sessions concluded, Intern for a Day participants debriefed with Ms. Jackson and asked questions about the Learning & Talent Development field.

Several colleagues from UHR volunteered to serve as panelists for Careers in HR panels during the Intern for a Day visits.   We appreciate the following staff for spending time with the interns to discuss their career paths:

Christopher Fukui, IT Coordinator
William Hankel, Program Mgr., Affirmative Action and EEOC
Lauren Pazornick, Staff Development Coordinator
Derrick Peoples, Employment & Compensation Analyst
Karen Proctor, HR Divisional Consultant
Teika Robinson, I-9 Administrator
Stacy Sims, Benefits Services Counselor

If you are interested in hosting an Intern for a Day during the Spring 2017 semester, please contact Erica Ely at  Our graduates are a pool of highly skilled talent and this is a great way to market job and career opportunities within the University!

Last updated: March 16, 2017

Last updated: March 16, 2017