Prospective Graduate Students

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Great careers start here

One of the main reasons students choose the Elliott School of International Affairs is our comprehensive career development services that result in unique job opportunities for graduate students and graduate alumni.

Should you decide to attend the Elliott School, our career development team is ready to help you with all aspects of your professional development, with services including:

  • Individual career coaching
  • Career networking panels and employer information sessions
  • Networking events
  • Professional development workshops

Guidance for new students

Graduate Student Career Development (GSCD) will email a welcome packet of information upon your enrollment at the University. Once you have completed the online new student process, you can set up a meeting with one of our coaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will I have access to Graduate Student Career Development's (GSCD's) services? answer
  2. If I'm not currently living in Washington, D.C., can I utilize GSCD services? answer
  3. I need to make money to help offset the costs of living in D.C. and going to graduate school. What can I do? answer
  4. I may want/need to work while I pursue my degree at the Elliott School. Where have students interned/worked? answer
  5. What are my chances of being employed after graduation? answer
  6. Does GSCD place students in internships and jobs? answer
  7. Does GSCD provide assistance or have any resources to help me find an internship or job outside of Washington, D.C.? answer
  8. Many internships in Washington, D.C. and abroad are unpaid. Does GSCD provide funding to cover the cost? answer
  9. What services do you provide for international students? Will I be able to work in the United States? answer
  10. I am a mid-career professional with lots of work experience. What can GSCD offer me? answer
  11. When I graduate, will I still have access to GSCD? answer

1. When will I have access to GSCD's services?

After you accept your offer of admission and pay your deposit to the Elliott School, GSCD will email you a welcome packet, generally in early June. This packet will tell you everything you need to know to get started working with our team. It will provide instructions on how to access GSCD's online Elliott School GWork database. After you go through the new student online orientation, you will have complete access to GSCD to make appointments and attend events.

2. If I'm not currently living in Washington, D.C., can I still utilize GSCD services?

Of course! If you are outside of the Washington, D.C. area or out of the country, GSCD career coaches are always available to meet via phone or WebEx. 

3. I need to make money to help offset the costs of living in D.C. and going to graduate school. What can I do?

As soon as you have access to Elliott School GWork, you should take advantage of that resource! Many opportunities for the fall are posted over the summer or in early fall, so don't panic if you don't have something lined up by July. Until that time, there are many other online resources you can utilize, such as: Idealist.orgindeed.comUSAJOBS.gov, etc. You should also start researching the types of organizations that interest you and skills you hope to develop through an internship or job. Please keep in mind that only about half of the internship opportunities in the D.C. metro area are paid.

4. I want or need to work while I pursue my degree at the Elliott School. Where have students interned/worked?

Elliott School graduate courses are offered in the evenings, enabling most graduate students to either work or intern while pursuing their master's degree. In addition to utilizing all of GSCD's resources, you can also connect and network with your classmates and alumni who are already employed at many of the leading international organizations in Washington, D.C. Examples include:

U.S. Government
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Treasury
Research/Think Tanks
  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • The Brookings Institute
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWIC)
Media/Communication
  • Associated Press
  • Brunswick Group
  • Foreign Policy Magazine
  • NPR
Non-Profit
  • ACDI/VOCA
  • CRDF Global
  • International Medical Corps
  • National Democratic Institute
Consulting
  • Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • SAIC
NGO/IO/Multilateral Organizations
  • EU Delegation
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
Private
  • Creative Associates International
  • Delphos International
  • NJVC
  • SRA International

5. What are my chances of being employed after graduation?

Every year, we survey our most recent graduating class to find its employment status, including job sectors and salaries, within six months after graduation. This information is compiled into Employment Data reports. Please review these documents carefully.

Remember that everyone's situation is unique. The best way to ensure employment upon graduation is to plan ahead and think strategically about work and internship experiences, professional skills, academics, utilizing GSCD, and building a network of mentors.

6. Does GSCD place students in internships and jobs?

No. GSCD is not a placement office and will not match you with jobs or internships. Our mission is to provide graduate students and alumni with information regarding worldwide career opportunities and help them create successful careers. Our professional career coaches will work with you to develop the tools and find the resources that will best help you find the internship or job that will take you to the next level professionally.

7. Does GSCD provide assistance or have any resources to help me find an internship or job outside of Washington, D.C.? 

Absolutely! GSCD has a number of online and in-person resources available to assist in your search. Career coaches will help you determine organizations that fit your career goals and skillset, locate internship programs, and/or develop job search strategies that provide sought-after pathways abroad. 

8. Many internships in Washington, D.C. and abroad are unpaid. Does GSCD provide funding to cover the cost? 

Yes! GSCD administers two internship grants that provide funding for international internships (more information available in our database, GWork). Career coaches can also work with you to discover outside funding sources that provide internship assistance. Additionally, George Washington University offers the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Grant (KACIF) for both domestic and international internships, and the University's Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) awards the Career Development Fellowship

9. What services do you provide for international students? Will I be able to work in the United States?

All GSCD services are available to currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students, regardless of citizenship. This includes cover letter and resume critiques, as well as tips on how to write effective emails to alumni requesting informational interviews to discuss professional interests and to learn about workplace environments. We also offer practice or mock interviews with a career coach and tips on networking and reaching out to professionals, which is a critical part of the job search.

While you are in the United States, you have the option to intern and/or work, and you must follow the federal regulations established by the U.S. government. GW's International Services Office will work with you to understand the regulations and ensure your work experience adheres to those guidelines. Please also see the frequently asked questions for international students. GSCD works collaboratively with GWU's International Services Office and may coordinate specific programs for students on an F-1 or J-1 visa. 

10. I am a mid-career professional with years of work experience. What can GSCD offer me?

Useful information is boundless. You will have access to Elliott School GWork for job postings and invitations to informational sessions and seminars. Our professional career coaches are seasoned in helping all students with writing resumes and cover letters and job search skills. In addition, we offer mock interview practice and job strategy planning. You can also receive coaching on topics like dealing with challenging people, making a career transition, and salary negotiation.

11. When I graduate, will I still have access to GSCD and its online resources?

Absolutely! As an alum of an Elliott School graduate program, you have full access to GSCD for life! 

We will also encourage you to keep your ESCC profile up-to-date, to be involved with GSCD as an alumni mentor, and/or to represent your employer at career panels and events.

Contact Us:

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Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-3788
Fax: 202-994-7702
Email: escareer@gwu.edu

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