Courtney J. Jones

      Courtney J. Jones

  Class of 2005, Master Business Administration

  Class of 2002, Telecommunications/Public Relations

  Director, Student Development and Activities     

  University of Maryland, Baltimore                                

 I completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Morgan. During my time as    an undergraduate student I was extremely active within my major of  telecommunications.  My sophomore year I resurrected the department newsletter, In  Focus, for which I received an award for Outstanding Contributions in Writing upon  graduation.  Additionally, I was a scholar athlete and active member of the Student    Athlete Advisor Board.  The ties and relationships that I built with administrators  proved useful when I decided to return to Morgan for graduate studies.  I was offered  a position within Intercollegiate Athletics as a graduate assistant for academic  advising.  Although I initially viewed this as a means for paying for school, it opened my eyes to the field of student affairs.  Upon completing my degree I no longer wanted to pursue a career in business, but instead decided to grow as student affairs practitioner.  I went on to serve as an Internship Advisor at Towson University while maintaining a part-time Life Skills Coordinator position within Morgan’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department.  Currently I am the Director of Student Development and Activities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where I oversee student groups, student leadership development, the writing center and diversity initiatives.  I absolutely love what I do and I know that I would have never stumbled into this career had it not been for the relationships that I formed while I was attending Morgan State University.  I was privileged enough to be surrounded by administrators who honestly cared about me and offered me countless opportunities that propelled my success in student affairs.                                                                                                                                                  

As an undergraduate student I was offered an internship at the Baltimore Sun through a connection that I made at the Center for Career Development’s annual career fair.  This internship later turned into a part-time job which lasted for nine months.  Although it did not lead to anything permanent, the opportunity exposed me to non-traditional marketing in the newspaper industry and helped set me apart from other students in my field.  I know that this experience would not have been possible if it was not for the extensive relationship building that Morgan’s Center for Career Development has established with area employers.                                                   

What advice do you have for students who are seeking opportunities in your field?

I would suggest that students interested in Student Affairs conduct informational interviews with practitioners in various areas of the field.  I would then advise them to carefully select one or two to serve as professional mentors.  This should help them as they are navigating the field, weighing opportunities and considering academic programs related to their interests.

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