The Career Committee works closely with the Homewood Career Center to provide opportunities for undergraduates to explore their career options, gain valuable insight into possible career fields, pursue forward-thinking internships, and develop critical interviewing and networking skills. Members are encouraged to recruit students for internships at their companies, provide information sessions and/or tours of their places of business in conjunction with the Career Center, and participate in the development and execution of Intersession courses.

The committee’s current and upcoming activities include:

  • Organizing and presenting a variety of webinar seminars through the Career Center which promote networking and interviewing skills and etiquette, and maximizing internship and employment opportunities.
  • Designing and executing career panel discussions on the Homewood campus.
  • Providing industry-specific mock job interviews for students.
  • Participation in the Financial Literacy and Globalization Intersession courses, particularly as they relate to maximizing career related opportunities included in these classes.
  • Working toward the standardization of access to, and education about, career resources for all Hopkins undergraduate students which are currently available. 

Student Leadership

The activities and responsibilities of the Student Leadership Committee are comprised of two components: awards and student life.

For awards, members work to provide undergraduate students unique opportunities for leadership and career development.  Through the Student Leadership Committee, SDS maintains the Meg Walsh Award and summer internship grant program.  Committee members participate in the selection process of award recipients by promoting these grants with informational sessions on-campus, and by participating application reviews, finalist selection calls and on-campus interviews to select winners each year.

For student life focused activities, the Student Leadership Committee works with a variety of offices across the Homewood campus and engages in efforts to foster student leadership and improve the undergraduate experience at JHU.

Projects include:

  • Reviewing proposals, interviewing candidates and selecting a winner for the Meg Walsh Award. (Each Fall)
  • Reviewing proposals, interviewing candidates, and selecting winners for summer internship grants. (Each Spring)
  • Sponsoring the Presidential Speaker reception of the Foreign Affairs Symposium (Spring 2014)
  • Baltimore based student-alumni scavenger hunt (Spring 2010 and Fall 2010)
  • Sponsoring student bus trips to area cultural and social destinations (Fall 2009)


The Development Committee helps to secure SDS’s financial resources and align its activities to the current priorities the School of Arts and Sciences. This committee strategizes and implements fundraising efforts for SDS members to secure annual dues gifts which directly support SDS programming for current students.

Additionally, committee works to empower and educate alumni about the importance of philanthropy and endowment; to develop marketing for SDS and raise the organizations profile among students and young alumni, and to foster among members, and prospective members, a common understanding of what it means to be an SDS member.  The committee also works to cultivate individual leadership and membership within SDS.

The committee’s current and upcoming activities include:

  • Annual dues (annual fund) giving to support SDS activities. Typically, 80% of funding is allocated to support the SDS Summer Internship Grant program, and 20% is allocated to support individual committee activities. In 2015, SDS was able to fund 20 student internship grants due to the generosity of its members.


The Engagement Committee is tasked with maintaining a continuous dialogue with members of SDS with the goal of achieving a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of member interest and inclination to participate in board activities each year, and to foster personal relationships within SDS.