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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 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

Click here to schedule an appointment.

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.

Evening Appointments

Career Coaches are also available to meet after-hours by appointment only. For those living outside the D.C. Metropolitan area, working full time, or otherwise unable to come to GSCD during our regular office hours, virtual evening appointments are available Monday through Thursday (6pm-8pm) via phone or WebEx (Make sure your computer/laptop has a microphone and speakers). 

Job Search Strategy Group

Scheduled Friday's throughout the semester, the group meets to discuss job search issues. Guest speakers, including Elliott School alumni, professors and various employers, share tips, tricks 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 our office to make your payment using Visa or Mastercard. Payments must be received before orders are sent to print.

Contact Us

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)

Open M-F: 8:00am-5:00pm