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Career Coaching Appointments

Graduate Student Services (GSS) career coaches are available to work with you in person, over the phone, and/or through virtual meetings with WebEx. 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
  • Mock interviews
  • MBTI Assessments

Please note that all appointments, excluding mock interviews and MBTI assessments, are limited to 30 minutes. Mock interviews and MBTI assessment appointments are 1 hour long.

Drop-in Office Hours

Sharon McCoy: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-2:00 pm

Tara Sonenshine: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Careers coaches are also available during their drop-in hours. Students can stop by the office or call in with a career development questions. These are limited to 15-minute sessions.​

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.

Graduation Regalia Drive

Every year, Graduate Student Services 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 Handshake resource library. For any questions, please contact our office at 202-994-3788 or email us at

Elliott School Student Business Cards

Graduate Student Services 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 Handshake under ‘ESIA Business Cards’. Be sure to stop by our office to make your payment using Visa or Mastercard. Payments must be received before orders are sent to print.

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 the career coaches.

To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, please click here.