The Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG) operations are currently modified to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, given the continued challenges with COVID-19. At this time, most services and courses are being provided remotely or online. Access to campus buildings is restricted to essential personnel and those who require the use of specialized laboratories for courses on campus. Please visit the USG Onward web page for additional details.

We Are Open Virtually!

Featured Career Services Available During COVID-19

Featured Opportunity for 2021 - "Smart City Challenge"

Students, register now for the "Smart City Challenge 2021"! Join us for this virtual innovation competition launching Saturday, January 23 and work as a part of a team to identify a problem and develop innovative solutions to equity challenges in the greater Washington area. Diverse, wide-ranging teams will address challenges in a variety of sectors including housing, transportation, health, water, broadband, education, infrastructure, public safety, and more.
Participation in this event will provide students with a once in a lifetime team-based experience, opportunities to develop critical skills sought by employers, and opportunities to learn from and gain exposure to many high profile companies in our region. Employer partners/sponsors of the "Challenge" include Clark Construction, Amazon Web Services, Cox Business, MITRE, Dominion Energy, ABS Capital Partners, and many more. USG is also a proud sponsor of this event.  More than $350,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded!
Students may register as individuals or with others they choose as a part of a team. Individual registrants will be invited to a "networking event" at the beginning of the Challenge in order to identify a problem to address and form a team for the competition.  Students can learn more and register by linking here


Career Coaching

(Career Planning, Resumes, Interview Prep, Internships, Job Search Strategies)

Career Connector Jobs Platform    

Check out our new, upgraded version of Career Connector!

This platform features a searchable collection of great internships and jobs for students and alumni, along with new, easy-to-use options for booking appointments and signing up for events. To create your account, click here

Virtual Resources & Events

  • Focus 2 Career (Access Code: usg) Log on to Focus 2 Career for exclusive access to a personalized career planning system.
  • Big Interview: Learn and practice your interview skills with this online interview platform.
  • Virtual Job Shadow: Explore various jobs and industries through short video reviews.
  • Goin Global: Explore career resources, internships and job opportunities around the globe - Coming Soon!
  • Vault: View career intelligence including company rankings, reviews, and industry guides - Coming Soon!
  • Virtual Career Development Toolkit: Explore a variety of free self-assessment, career exploration, and job search tools.
  • Featured Employment Opportunities: View part-time, full-time, and temporary employment opportunities available during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Virtual Career Fairs & Events: Participate in a variety of virtual recruiting and career development events.
  • News & Guidance: View the latest news and resources available to help you navigate the job market during COVID-19.
  • Students are also encouraged to link to their home campus Career Centers for additional virtual tools, resources, and services.

Employer Services

  • Employer services are available via phone, email, WebEx, or ZOOM virtual meeting format.
  • Employers are encouraged to connect with us via email at

Stay Connected

Follow CISC’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and USG site for the latest information regarding news, available services, and virtual activities.

Our Mission

To collaborate with partner institutions and the regional business community to support the career readiness of students, enabling them to become engaged, competitive, and contributing members of the regional workforce.


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