Graduate Career Development

To help you realize your aspirations, our career development team connects you to meaningful career opportunities. From the outset of your Elliott School education, we assist you in developing a career plan. That is followed by consistent interaction with our career coaches and participation in our support programs. Our services continue even after you complete your degree as Elliott School alumni can also take advantage of our services. Our career development team is at your disposal from admission to graduation and beyond!

Our Team

Amanda Rey

Career Coach and Lead, Employer Engagement and Strategy
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Resources and Services
       Career Coaching Appointments
       Professional Resources
       Graduate Regalia Drive
       Elliott School Business Cards
       Career Networking Panels
       Site Visit Program
       Professional Development Workshops/Seminars
       Mock Interviews
       Alumni Networking
Fellowships and Grants

Resources and Services

graphic: two speech bubbles indicating a conversationCareer Coaching Appointments

GSS career coaches work with you in person, over the phone, or through virtual meetings on WebEx or Zoom.

Sessions include:

  • Clarification of career goals
  • Resume and cover letter critiques
  • Networking tips
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Compensation negotiation assistance
  • Job and internship advice for international students
  • Career coaching for mid-career professionals
  • Mock interviews
  • MBTI® assessments

Please note: All appointments are limited to 30 minutes, excluding mock interviews and MBTI® assessments, which are one hour long. Students and alumni are limited to one appointment a week.

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graphic: a blank map with a compass in the lower corner Professional Resources

Resumes and cover letters are critical documents in the employment search. As such, we have developed guidelines to help you write your resumes, cover letters, and other professional documents. 

Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area offer a lot of internships related to International Affairs. Please see this spreadsheet that details organizations' hiring cycles as well as whether their internships are paid or unpaid.  

graphic: illustration of two people shaking hands Handshake

Handshake is an online career database for Elliott School graduate students and graduate alumni.

Among its features are:

  • Job, Internship and Co-op Listings (for some 9,000+ employers)
  • Career Events Calendar
  • Resume and Job Search Document Storage
  • Resource Library
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Handshake is password-protected and updated continuously. 

Connect to Handshake 

Graduation Regalia DriveGraduation Regalia Drive

Every year, GSS invites recent alumni to make a tax-deductible donation of their gently used caps, gowns, and hoods. GSS then sells the donated caps and gowns to graduating students at a discounted price. This money is added to the funds for the International Internship Grant that helps students participate in unpaid internships abroad.

Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the GSS office during normal business hours with this completed form.

Business CardsElliott School Business Cards

GSS makes Elliott School Business Cards available to graduate students and alumni. A box of 250 cards costs $20. Business card orders can be placed online through this form or in-person in GSS. Payments must be received before orders are sent to print.

Please check out this article for more information. 



The career development team at Graduate Student Services (GSS)' offers information sessions and career-networking panels throughout the academic year. These resources span many sectors and industries within international affairs. In addition, career coaches are available to conduct mock (practice) interviews with students to prepare them for a broad spectrum of opportunities.

Career Networking PanelsCareer Networking Panels

Student, alumni, and employer panels provide Elliott School students with valuable information that can help shape their careers. Alumni and employers taking part in the panels share insight on their organizations and industries, with topics such as:

  • Finding and preparing for an internship abroad
  • Careers in the federal government
  • International development
  • The private sector

Site Visit Program Site Visits

This informational program helps acquaint Elliott School graduate students with organizations in their areas of interest. Site visits, which are for informational purposes (not for job interviews), provide students with an insider's view of career possibilities, required qualifications, and employment and internship opportunities.  

Organizations that have participated in the program include:

Professional Development Workshops/SeminarsProfessional Development Workshops/Seminars

Sessions are available throughout the academic year on such topics as:

  • Interview techniques
  • Federal government job search/navigating USAJobs
  • Networking strategies
  • Professional etiquette
  • Salary negotiation
  • Security clearance process

Mock InterviewsMock Interviews

Employers report that strong interview skills are indispensable. For that reason, we encourage all job seekers to practice interviewing --  individually, with company representatives, or with a career coach -- to get feedback and hone their skills. Our mock interviews can also be conducted over the telephone.

graphic: two hands shaking one another Alumni Networking

Networking is the backbone of a career search in Washington, D.C., and beyond. We offer multiple training opportunities that address networking skills - individually and as part of a group. We also encourage students to use the Elliott School Alumni network on LinkedIn. The Elliott School has a powerful network of over 9,000 alumni around the world who are great resources for informational interviews and career advice. (Please note: The Elliott School LinkedIn group is a closed group, so you must indicate “The Elliott School” under education to be accepted into the group.)


Fellowships and Grants

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is a two-year, post-graduate leadership-development initiative open to graduate students and alumni. The application process begins in the fall of your final year of graduate school, at which time you will be notified whether you have been accepted and how to proceed. Every year, several Elliott School students are selected as PMF finalists.

GSS is available to assist semi-finalists and finalists throughout the process.

Please visit the PMF website for more information. 

The Elliott School strongly encourages students to integrate their studies with practical international internship experiences. To help with this goal, GSS offers a limited number of competitive grants for Elliott School graduate students participating in unpaid or low-pay international internships. Currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students may seek an International Internship Grant via the online application

These grants are designed to help defray the costs of an international internship, not to fully fund the experience. Students are encouraged to research outside funding sources before submitting a grant proposal.


You must have secured an internship or have started an internship at an organization that offers substantial opportunities directly related to your degree program and specialty.

Your internship must require at least 30 hours per week for a  minimum of 10 weeks.

You must be a currently enrolled Elliott School graduate student and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

International students are eligible to apply, but the internship cannot be located in your home country or within the U.S.

The internship cannot be located in a country in which you have citizenship or foreign national status.

Application Requirements:

Only completed applications will be accepted; we will not consider your application unless you carefully complete the application steps, which include:

  • Application Summary
  • Basic personal and internship information
  • Current Resume
  • Completed and signed Internship Employer/Mentor Form
  • Faculty Support Form completed and signed by a GW faculty member
  • Interest Essay (500 words maximum)
  • Completed Personal Budget form including alternative sources of funding
  • Copy of most recent GW transcript (printable from the web; unofficial copies are accepted)

To apply, please go to

The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 funding is July 31, 2020.

Please email Patrick Murphy at [email protected] for more information. 

GSS manages the Freeman Foundation Grant for internships in East or Southeast Asia. 

This grant awards up to $6,550 to a student completing an unpaid or low-paying internship in the following countries:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Singapore 
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Vietnam

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must have secured or started an internship in East Asia and/or Southeast Asia at an organization that offers substantial opportunities directly related to your degree and specialty.
  • Your internship must require at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • You must be a currently enrolled Elliott School graduate student and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but the internship cannot be located in the U.S. or in their country of origin.

Application Requirements:

Your application must include the following items:

  • Completed Fellowship Grant Application Sheet
  • Current resume
  • Interest Essay (500 words maximum)
  • Completed Internship Employer/Mentor Form (with a wet signature)
  • Faculty Support Form completed and signed by a GW faculty member (with a wet signature)
  • Copy of most recent GW transcript (printable from the web; unofficial copies accepted)

Selection Process: 

Grant applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Quality and relevance of proposed internship to current and/or future career plans
  • An academic record at the Elliott School
  • Quality of interest essay
  • Quality and professionalism of the entire grant application


To apply, please go to

The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 funding is July 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Patrick Murphy at [email protected].





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