Alcorn State to participate in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Career Development Program

Alcorn State University is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to create a pipeline for students to pursue careers in public service.

The ONC’s Pathways to Public Service Program (PTPS) offers virtual career fairs and professional development workshops where students are educated on the federal hiring process. Participants then receive access to paid internships and entry-level positions within the agency and its partnering organizations.

Rhoshunda M. Ellis, a career specialist with the Alcorn State University Office of Career Services, credits Mose Harris IV, Pathways to Public Service Program manager, for his efforts in bringing the program to the University.

Excited about the opportunities the partnership presents, she stated, “The Pathways to Public Service Program can significantly benefit the students at Alcorn State University by providing them with invaluable resources and opportunities to kickstart their careers in public service. Through personalized coaching, resume writing, and interview preparation, students can enhance their professional skills and increase their competitiveness in the job market.”

She continued, “Our goal is to ensure that our students have access to every opportunity available, and this partnership aligns with that goal.”

Since the PTPS program’s inception in 2019, it has successfully hired more than 100 students for internships.

Ellis elaborated on the benefits of the partnership.

“The program offers direct exposure to hiring officials, volunteer hours, and letters of recommendation, all of which can bolster students’ resumes and career prospects,” she said. “Participating in this partnership will inform our students of the various career paths within the Department of Health and Human Services and help them be educated on the federal hiring process. Also, our students will be able to become Campus Ambassadors for the program, allowing them to gain leadership experience and contribute to fostering a community dedicated to public service on campus.”

The program’s mission is to develop a pipeline of diverse, qualified, and highly motivated students who will become the next generation of public servants, providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.