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Students in the Graduate School's communicating science class

We provide a range of events and activities designed to help our graduate students prepare, connect, succeed and standout 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.

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

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.

Follow the weekly emails  posted by the Graduate School 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 and many involve refreshments as well.  

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

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), formerly Career Services, 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.

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. 
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

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.