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Career Lab – Students

The Career Lab continues to follow Johns Hopkins University guidance to maintain the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We are operating in a hybrid model to ensure you can access our services in the best way for you. Contact [email protected] with questions.

The Career Lab fosters exploration and learning related to professional development – a lifelong journey which requires continual CARE. The Career Lab creates opportunities for students and alumni to:

Connect with your peers, alumni, staff, and faculty to engage in a nursing community that inspires you to discover possibilities.

Activate your knowledge, skills, and passion to take next steps forward in pursuing the best fit for where you are in this moment.

Reflect on your present and past experiences and stay open to opportunities as you imagine the future.

Evolve by remaining curious and agile as you explore options which promote continued professional growth.

Connect, Activate, Reflect, Evolve

Frequently asked questions

Handshake is a 24/7 online platform which enables students to:

  • Register for skill-building workshops, alumni panels, and recruitment events
  • Access resources including sample resumes/CVs and cover letters, networking strategies, and common interview questions
  • Schedule career coaching appointments
  • View job postings

Students automatically receive a Handshake account once registered for classes. You can access the platform at https://jhu.joinhandshake.com using your JHED ID, even once you are an alumnus.

The Career Lab offers events on resume/CV and cover letter writing, networking, and interviewing. Alumni panelists speak about diverse career options within nursing and lend advice about career transition. Many recruiters visit campus or present virtually to discuss their hiring process and timeline, including at an annual career fair.

Individual career coaching is available via Zoom or over the phone and can be scheduled through Handshake under the Career Center tab -> Appointments. For a complete list of appointments types, click here. Students are encouraged to attend career events and/or view resources in Handshake (e.g., sample resume/CV, cover letter guide), so that your individual appointment is focused less on the basics and more on tailoring to your story and your targets. Resources can be found in Handshake under the Career Center tab -> Resources. Please email any documents to be reviewed to your coach before a phone/Zoom appointment.

The Career Lab conducts practice interviews and provides guidance on job searching and networking strategies. All students are encouraged to create a profile on LinkedIn and list Johns Hopkins School of Nursing under the Education section.Additionally, all students have access to OneHop Mentoring, a networking platform that allows you to build authentic and exclusive connections with JHU alumni. For more information on how to get started, click here.

SMILE connects Johns Hopkins students with paid internships and jobs (including Federal Work Study) across all divisions of the university.

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Our dedicated team is here to help.

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Make an appointment and view resources through Handshake.

Read about some of our events and advice from alumni.

The Career Lab is part of the JHU-wide Office of Integrative Learning and Life Design.