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Career Coaching

Graduate Student Career Development (GSCD) career coaches are available to work with you in person, over the phone, and/or through Skype. Typical sessions include assistance with:

  • Clarification of career goals
  • Resume/cover letter critique
  • Networking tips 
  • Job & internship search strategies
  • Compensation negotiation assistance
  • Job & internship advice for international students
  • Career coaching for mid-career professionals

Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP)

The PDAP is required for all students regardless of academic program. The PDAP provides an opportunity to map out a career plan for the duration of the graduate program.

Specifically, the PDAP:

  • Asks you to reflect on current skills/interests/abilities, what you would like to improve while you are at the Elliott School, and what actions you will take to do this.
  • Focuses on school and work experience COMBINED.

We strongly encourage that you discuss your PDAP with a career coach.

Graduate Student Career Development Newsletter

The GSCD Insider electronic newsletter is distributed on a monthly basis to all students and alumni. The newsletter features profiles of current students and alumni, career advice columns, career articles, and updates about events and deadlines.

Sample newsletter pages

ESCC Bi-Weekly Events Newsletter

During the first and third week of every month, we send you updates about career events that are happening within GSCD, across campus, as well as in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Walk-ins and evening appointments

Walk-ins are quick, 10 - 15 minute appointments that can occur in-person, over the phone or via Skype. We are also available to meet after-hours by appointment only.

Job Search Strategy Group

Scheduled every second and fourth Wednesday throughout the year, the group meets to discuss job search issues. Guest speakers share tips and success stories. 

Graduation Regalia Drive

Every year, Graduate Student Career Development invites students to donate their gently used cap, gown, and or hood in exchange for a tax deductible donation. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the office during normal business hours and the regalia donation form can be found in the ESCC document library. For any questions, please contact our office at 202-994-3788 or email us at

Elliott School Student Business Cards

Graduate Student Career Development offers Elliott School Business Cards to all new and continuing graduate students and alumni. Boxes come with 250 cards for $20. To order your business cards, come into our office or check out the document library in ESCC under ‘ESIA Business Cards’. Be sure to stop by or call the GSCD office to make your payment using Visa or Mastercard. Payments must be received before orders are sent to print.

Contact Graduate Student Career Development


Graduate Student Career Development
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20052 
202-994-3788 (p)
202-994-7702 (f)

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   (During the academic year)
After-hours by appointment only