Career Skills Academy

Ready for career success?

The CSA will help prepare you to secure high demand jobs and advance in your public health career.

Apply today:

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The mission of the Career Skills Academy (CSA) is to promote and advance equity in career success for CUNY SPH students. This goal is accomplished by facilitating workshops on professional development and soft skills and increasing opportunities for intentional engagement with employers and industry leaders via partnerships and our signature masterclasses.

CSA helps students develop and practice valuable professional skills, gain insight from top public health industry leaders, and build a community and professional network, all through our exciting series of seminars and activities.


Sample of Past CSA Workshops:

  • Understanding Your Career Values
  • Professional Branding and Networking
  • Combatting Imposter Syndrome
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Managing Your Mental Health
  • Authenticity in the Workplace

Sample of Past CSA Masterclasses:

  • Carrying Your Career Values with Dr. Toyin Ajayi, founder of CityBlock Health
  • Managing Your Mental Health with Gil Addo, CEO & Founder of Rubicon MD
  • Authenticity in the Workplace with Dr. Torian Easterling, First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Professional Development Tracks

CSA offers two professional development tracks focused on helping CUNY SPH students excel in their chosen fields.

  • The Foundations Track is a year-long program for new public health professionals, focusing on building fundamental soft skills such as building a network, developing outstanding interviewing skills, and negotiating salaries. Foundations Track application
  • The Mid-Career Track is for public health professionals who have been in the field for five years or more. This track is a semester-long program focused on building skills in leadership, advanced professional branding, and taking your career to the next level. Mid-Career Track application

Each track offers CUNY SPH students the opportunity to meet leaders in the public health industry, build a network with a cohort of like-minded classmates, and gain professional soft skills that make job candidates stand out through our workshops and events.

Upcoming CSA Events

Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Candace LambCandace Lamb

Program Director

Candace Lamb received a B.A. in Non-Profit Administration and Psychology from the University of South Carolina-Upstate and a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. For several years, Candace was an Assistant Director of Career Services at the University of Louisville, specializing in diverse student populations, such as LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities, engineering majors, and first generation college students. Candace also created Career Peers, a grant funded peer mentoring and advocacy program for first generation and low income college students, which was awarded an Ideas to Action grant in 2016. Candace is currently finishing a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. During this time, Candace has studied graduate student socialization in the LGBTQ+ community and the experiences of marginalized staff members in student affairs.

Assia BouribAssia Bouria

Program Assistant

Assia is a CUNY SPH MPH student, a dentist and an Apa Scholar who has worked in public and private hospitals in different countries since her graduation from Algiers School of Dentistry in 2007. She is a faculty member at the St. Paul School of Nursing in Staten Island. She enjoys teaching future dental and medical assistants as an allied health instructor.

“I was honored to attend and complete the CSA program for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 and I learned valuable skills that have positively impacted my teaching quality and will for sure better the level of my students,” Assia says. “As a program assistant, I hope to be a good asset to help prepare students to advance their careers in public health.”