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We provide a range of events and activities designed to help our graduate students prepare, connect, succeed and stand out as they pursue their degree, and later, professional goals. The Graduate School partners with other university departments to offer scholarly and extracurricular activities based on the Transformative Graduate Education initiative.

Our offerings emphasize the use of innovative technologies, a commitment to excellence through diversity and inclusivity, active civic engagement, and support for interdisciplinary research and education.

Follow the weekly emails  posted by the Graduate School year-round on Mondays  for information, dates and times of events and activities designed specifically for you.  

A2i - Accelerate to Industry Modules for Doctoral Students

Virginia Tech Graduate School joined A2i, an initiative of NC State, to enhance graduate and postdoctoral training for industry. The Graduate School and Career and Professional Development work closely together, also involving graduate alumni in industry, to offer this program.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development (CPD) provides assistance through all stages of career exploration and preparation. CPD partners with the Graduate School to offer weekly walk-in career advising sessions in the GLC,  and a series of workshops and seminars to help you hone skills you need for the job you want.

Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

Often referred to as internship, co-op provides opportunities for students to obtain professional employment experience as part of their academic programs, also earning 1 credit for GRAD 5944/7944. 

GSA Research Symposium and Exposition

The Graduate Student Assembly sponsors this  annual opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to showcase their scholarly pursuit and achievements. Held during Graduate Education Week each spring, it offers an opportunity to present your work to other participants, faculty members, research entities and attendees.

Job Search Circles

Forming each semester and supported by career professionals, these circles are designed to assist graduate students with their job search process and create a space for sharing resources and peer support.


Several programs around campus involve mentoring with and for graduate students. Opportunities to mentor other graduate students or undergraduates is also available. 
Hokie Mentorship Connect is an online platform that unites Virginia Tech students with alums for career-related support.
Mentoring Circle offers social, cultural, academic, and professional guidance to students who may need additional support such as students on academic probation, racial/ethnic/cultural/sexual/gender minorities, veterans, students with dependents, students with disabilities, and first generation students. 

Networked Learning Initiatives

Specialized courses and consultations are offered to help participants explore technology-enhanced active learning across disciplines.

Professional Development Seminars and Workshops

We host a variety of workshops and seminars designed to provide graduate students with tools for success in their career pursuits. Visit the Graduate School's calendar for upcoming events, or contact Graduate Student Services ( to suggest topics for new workshops.

Research and Travel Fund Programs through the Graduate Student Assembly

The Graduate Student Assembly helps graduate students with research and academic travel expenses through two funding programs that are managed in multiple cycles annually.

Writing Center

Regardless of your field, writing will be a key means of communications. The Writing Center at Newman Library offers free assistance to graduate students, and helps facilitate Graduate Student Writing Groups. The Writing Center holds sessions in the GLC during fall and spring semesters. Watch the GLC Weekly listserv for dates and times.

Fall 2021 Workshops

GLC Weekly provides the most up-to-date announcements