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Students in the Graduate School's communicating science class

Virginia Tech graduates are highly sought by employers in government, industry, and academe. We provide our graduate students a range of activities designed to help you prepare, connect, succeed and standout as you pursue your degree, and later, your professional goals.

The Graduate School and Graduate Life Center, together with many partners, offer scholarly and extracurricular activities based on the Transformative Graduate Education experience developed by Dean Karen P. DePauw. TGE is built on four guiding pillars: knowledge, leadership, scholarly inquiry, and social responsibility.

Virginia Tech's Career Center offers a range of activities and workshops at the Graduate Life Center, including this recent photo shoot to provide students with profile pictures for resumes and social media sites, such as LinkedIn.

Virginia Tech's Career Center holds a photo shoot during Graduate Education Week

Please take advantage of the myriad opportunities we offer at the Graduate School and GLC to build your professional repertoire, explore areas of interest, and realize future aspirations.

Our academic and professional development 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.

Our programs and courses reach beyond traditional and discipline-specific degree offerings and help build an inclusive and interdisciplinary academic community, and prepare students to work in diverse environments and fields, whether in the academy or beyond.

Watch the weekly Graduate School listserv (GLC Weekly) email posted on Mondays year-round for information, dates and times of events and activities designed specifically for you.  The majority of the non-course professional development activities are free.

A student discusses a project during the Graduate Student Assembly's Research Symposium

Here are some examples of programs and partners in our professional development efforts.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development, formerly Career Services, provides assistance through all stages of career exploration and preparation. Additionally, Career and Professional Development partners with the Graduate School throughout the year to offer workshops, presentations and seminars aimed at helping 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.

Diversity Development  

The program provides a structured curriculum through which individuals can extend their diversity competencies and positively influence their working and learning environments.

GSA Research symposium and exposition

The Graduate Student Assembly sponsors this opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to showcase their scholarly pursuit and achievements. Held at the Graduate Life Center during Graduate Education Week each spring, it offers an opportunity to discuss your work with other participants, faculty members, research entities and representatives from a wide range of businesses.


Graduate School is stressful. Several programs around campus involve mentoring with and for graduate students. Opportunities to mentor other graduate students or undergraduates is also available.  

Networked Learning Initiatives

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

Professional Development Seminars and Workshops

The Graduate School hosts 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

Funding to help graduate students with research and academic travel expenses is provided through the Graduate Student Assembly through two funding programs that are managed in two cycles annually.

Writing Center

Regardless of your field, writing will be a key means of communications. The Virginia Tech 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.

GLC Weekly provides the most up-to-date announcements

Fall 2017 Professional Development Series