Graduate Alumni Frequently Asked Questions

Am I still entitled to services and events offered by GSS?
As long as you graduated from one of the M.A. programs, you have access to our services for as long as you like. Alumni are welcome to use resources and services we offer at no cost. Just log on to Handshake and get started. To make an appointment with one of the career coaches, please send us an email.

How do I get a username and password for Handshake?
If you have not already claimed your Alumni NetID and password, please go to Once you have retrieved them, please call GSS at (202) 994-3788 or send us an email.

How do I update my contact information?
It's easy. Log into Handshake and click on the profile button at the top and then edit.

How can I stay informed of Elliott School Alumni events?
Log into Handshake to find out about up-to-date events, and to also pay attention to the weekly events newsletter.

How long will I have access to Handshake?
You will have lifelong access to Handshake.

How do I participate in professional networking and mentoring activities?
Please send us an email or call (202) 994-3788 if you are interested in participating on a career panel. If you are interested in one-on-one mentoring, please make sure you go to your profile in Handshake, click edit, and that you have indicated on your profile that you are comfortable being contacted the maximum number of times.

What kinds of resources are available to me on Handshake? 
Besides being able to search for jobs, by clicking on the résumés and resources button, you will have access to career track guides as well as other helpful informational tip sheets such as salary negotiation and networking tips. Career track guides provide information and resources for different fields within international affairs.

Contact Us:

1957 E Street NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-3788
Fax: 202-994-7702

Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Schedule an Appointment

Please log into Handshake to schedule appointments with your academic advisor or a career coach.