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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 of our 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.
  • The focus is 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 electronic newsletter is distributed on a monthly basis to all students. 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.

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. 

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