Career & Internship Services Center

The Career & Internship Services Center (CISC) offers career advising to USG students as they prepare for an internship or job search. Working in partnership with each home institution, the CISC provides an additional layer of support to students on the Universities at Shady Grove campus. Through individual advising sessions with career coaches, peer mentors, virtual resources and group workshops and events, students can receive assistance with career-related topics, including:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Job and internship opportunities
  • Interview preparation
  • Salary negotiation

In addition, the CISC offers employers opportunities to recruit USG students for internships and employment. Through campus visits and use of our web-based job posting system the USG Career Connector, employers can advertise current internship or employment openings, review student resumes, and showcase their industry or company.


Intern Initiative 

The Intern Initiative was created by the Montogomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) to help support the future ecomonic success of the community. MCCC has asked businesses in the community to take a pledge to hire a certain number of interns from Montgomery County. Eighteen companies have pledged a total of 84 internships so far. Companies who have taken this pledge include Adventist Health Care, Clark Construction, Eagle Bank, Marriott International, and Van Epren & Company. To see a full list of what companies have made the pledge, click here.



Starting Salaries Climb 7.5% for Class of 2014 Grads. Click here to learn more about the average starting salary for fields such as Business, Communication, Computer Science and more. 

Employers are hiring more Bachelor degree level students for internships and co-ops. A NACE survey has found that there is a 1.3% increase in Bachelor seeking candidates obtaining internships and a 3.3% increase for those obtaining co-ops. Click here to read about this current trend. 

The positive Job Outlook for the Class of 2014 is holding steady. Employers are expected to hire 8.6% more graduates this year. Please review the latest data presented by NACE. 

The U.S. Census Bureau population estimates pinpoint fastest-growing counties in Maryland. Montgomery County is the most populous county in Maryland. 

We're Hiring!

The CISC is looking to hire new Peer Mentors for the 2015-2016 School Year. Our peer mentors help serve the students from USG by performing basic resume and cover letter reviews, assisting students with USG Career Connector and featured employment opportunities, as well as answer general career questions and assist with campus outreach. See the flyer and information below for more details about the posistion and how to apply. 

CISC hiring Peer Mentors for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

and Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of Peer
Mentors will be:

  1. Basic peer counseling through walk-in support Tuesdays and
    Thursdays between the hours of 9am-5pm
  2. Outreach
    to students advertising CISC services, resources and mission
  • Provide
    basic counseling to students in the following areas: resume & cover letter
    review, USG Career Connector, Featured Employment Opportunities, General Career
  • Serve
    as a representative of CISC on campus with professionalism and strong
    interpersonal skills
  • Outreach
    to the campus community about services and upcoming events through word of
    mouth and tabling
  •  Identify and explain services and
    resources available to students including the USG Career Connector
  •  Accurately identify issues needing
    professional staff intervention and direct the student appropriately
  •  Research career-related articles to
    post on CISC’s LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media pages
  • Assist
    with various events and projects, such as creating flyers, updating CISC
    material and resources, as needed


  • Second
    semester juniors, seniors, and graduate students currently enrolled in a
    program offered at USG
  • Completed
    at least one full semester at USG and be in good academic standing
  • Excellent
    oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong
    listening and customer service skills
  • Possess
    the desire to assist peers with career-related needs
  • Must
    have had an internship or professional work experience in the past
  • Demonstrate
    a strong work ethic
  • Knows
    how to take initiative
  • Excellent
    organizational skills and detailed-oriented
  • Ability
    to develop and present professional presentations for various audiences
  • Ability
    to work independently as well as a productive team member
  • Must
    maintain confidentiality of all aspects of job responsibilities

To apply log into your Connect@USG account and follow this link to complete the application:

All applicants will need to submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and recommendation completed by a former or current employer, supervisor, staff member or professor. The recommendation form can be found at

To download the above flyer and information, click here.


Hours: Monday-Friday  9:00AM-5:00PM
Phone: 301-738-6338
Fax: 301-738-6070

Connect @ USG 

USG Internship Scholarship fund

USG is pleased to announce the Internship Scholarship Fund through which qualifying students can receive scholarship support for participation in unpaid, meaningful internship opportunities. This new program is intended to ease the financial obstacles faced by students seeking to gain practical experience in their chosen career field. This program is open to any undergraduate student at USG who demonstrates financial need. Qualifying internship placements include those with a nonprofit organization, government agency, or regional small business.

Students are encouraged to apply early for all scholarships. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information or to apply, please contact USG's Career and Internship services Center at 301-738-6338 or



US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Employment Situation June 2015


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