Imagine Kickstart Kit: Undergraduate Students

The 2021 academic year kicks off and more than ever, we welcome you back on campus for the Fall semester!

Getting a college degree is an important step in your life. The knowledge that you’re going to get this year will be invaluable for the rest of your life but a lot learning happens outside of the classroom and books. Hopkins can help you to start designing your life and work on the best version of you. Here are some tools that can help you achieve your goals in academia and beyond.


Imagine is your primary source for tips on life design and connecting you to our resources and career departments. Our mission is to help you expand your vision on your education and career, no matter where you are in your life journey. If you’re interested in learning from inspiring stories of other students and alumni, get practical tips on how to grow your network, or how you can showcase your various talents within your school, research or career – you’re welcome to Imagine.

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Life Design Lab

There’s no one way to move through Hopkins or to live your life. A Life Design approach empowers you to explore the various resources, opportunities, and networks available to you as valued members of our community. We’ll help you use life design tools and exercises to explore, experiment and develop experiences over the next years at Johns Hopkins to find your ideal post-graduate opportunities. Life Design Educators within the LDL will help you figure out your professional and academic interests, and help you find a way to turn your interests into a full-time job.


Life Design Lab website also contains dozens of resources within or recommended by JHU for your personal, academic and professional growth. Whether you’re in a freshman class or on your way to graduation, you might want to think ahead and explore more about your post-graduation interests with the LDL:

Peabody LAUNCHPad

Peabody LAUNCHPad helps students and recent alumni forge satisfying, successful careers. We provide comprehensive services that support you in designing a life inspired by personal ambitions and interests. Using our resources, you can learn to pinpoint artistic and professional objectives, build career skills, recognize opportunities, prepare job applications, launch entrepreneurial ventures, develop websites, raise funds, organize concert tours
and more!


Future Fest 2021

Future Fest is the annual career fair at the Homewood campus that gathers students, employers, recruiters, and alumni to connect and expand their networks. While recruiters are looking for new talents (which could be you!), for students, it is a perfect opportunity to explore their career choices and to meet with people in the sphere of their academic or professional interests.

This year, Future Fest will be a three-day online event from October 4 to October 7.


Research Divisions For JHU Students

HOUR: Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research

Over 80% of Hopkins undergraduates participate in at least one research experience during their time at Hopkins. Do you want to be one of these students? Then Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research is the right place for you to start.

HOUR builds upon Johns Hopkins University’s strengths and goals as America’s first research university by taking advantage of the thousands of faculty, staff, and graduate students involved in research and creative projects promoting a culture of research and scholarship that enriches the undergraduate experience.



Our university faculty strive to push the envelope, secure competitive grants, and publish high-impact papers, and they look to expand their circles and find collaborators who bring new expertise to their teams. That collaborator can be you!

ForagerOne connects students with faculty for integrative learning opportunities, enables faculty to build their research teams, and equips administrators with data-based actionable insights.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

There are abundant resources committed to Diversity and Inclusion at Johns Hopkins.

The office of Student Disability Services Homewood advises Johns Hopkins students with disabilities on available resources, services and accommodations. There are several centers within each of nine Hopkins schools. To find more about how Student Disability Services can help you, or to find the office in your school, visit

Johns Hopkins University is deeply committed to the dignity and equality of all persons—inclusive of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran status. To learn more about Johns Hopkins diversity efforts, as well as all Hopkins resources for diversity, equity and inclusion, visit

Life Design Lab is committed to DEI. To connect with Clifton Shambry, Assistant Director of Life Design for Diversity & Inclusion, please visit this page:


Searching for full-time, part-time, and paid internships? Need tips on all things career-based?

Handshake allows you to connect directly with recruiters AND has JHU specific networking events and workshops meant to strengthen your ability to interview, negotiate salary, optimize your resume and so much more! Each school has endless resources located directly in Handshake as well from career coaches across campus.


FastForward U

Do you have an awesome idea for a new product that will revolutionize the market? Or a startup that you want to launch during your studies?

FastForward U is Johns Hopkins’ hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation. Our student startups launch innovative products and services; grounded in Baltimore, with an eye toward the world, we empower creators and change-makers, entrepreneurs and innovators, doers and go-getters.


Study Abroad

The Office of Study Abroad promotes, supports, and develops international programs that foster creativity discovery, helping JHU undergraduates attain intercultural competencies, and encouraging students to reflect on their values, identities, and roles as global citizens.



VMock is a 24-7 online resume-review tool that leverages data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant personalized feedback on your resume based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices.



An in-depth platform offering advice, training and courses that will help you put your best foot forward in any interview. It offers drills, 1-on-1 practice and coaching, resume help and tips to ace your virtual or in-person interview.



Connect with staffing agencies and recruiters in the US and abroad, gain insight into international industry trends, view millions of open job positions and internships available worldwide, be informed of work permits and visa regulations updated and compiled by immigration lawyers. If you are interested in expanding your experiences beyond borders, GoinGlobal is your one-stop-shop for it!

Link through SIS:


Did you know 70% of Fortune 500 companies have mentorship programs? The value of mentorship has become a worldwide necessity and JHU understands this. Our alumni mentors have an endless amount of wisdom to share across industries, life experiences, achievements, and failures. Connect with one of our alumni and gain valuable advice as you move through your JHU journey.



On-campus student employment is a great way to get to know the JHU community, gain real-world working experience, build connections and still keep up with your classes! Roles range in expertise and variety so apply today!


Vault Guides

Are you curious about how it feels to work in top companies and how this information can help you build your career? Vault Guides provide insight into workplace rankings and reviews, as well as career advice and guides. This rich library of resources can help you build your job application, research companies and find your perfect internship or job.

Vault Guides are available here on Imagine and following this link:

Do you have any questions about life design?

Feel free to contact The Office of Integrative Life and Learning Design: We’ll happy to help you on your journey to a successful life!

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