Accelerate is a professional development program developed in partnership with Career & Professional Development and the Graduate School. 

Interested graduate students need to enroll in the program on Handshake. After registering for the event, students will receive an invitation to join the Canvas course page where they will keep track of their progress and reflection throughout the semester.  Students must complete six tasks to complete the program (four required and two electives.) More information about the requirements can be found below as well as on the Canvas page.

Although this is a non-credit program, students who successfully complete the program will earn a certificate of completion that they may add to their CV, resume or LinkedIn and will be invited to an end of semester reception.

The program requirements must be completed in Canvas by May 1.


Students must complete the following two tasks:

 - Conduct an informational interview.

 - Attend a LinkedIn workshop or get their LinkedIn profile reviewed during Career and Professional Development's walk-in hours.

    January 29 LinkedIn Workshop

Students must choose one elective task/event from the following options:

- Research professional competencies for desired field and reflect on two that they plan to develope further in graduate school.

- Attend an employer info session or event (found on Handshake)

- Dining Etiquette

- Negotiating an Offer

- Networking Tips for Introverts

Students must complete the following two tasks:

- Attend a Resume/CV Writing Workshop OR get your resume/CV reviewed by a career advisor during drop-in advising or in an  

   January 23 CV/Resume Workshop
   February 3 CV/Resume Workshop

 - Conduct a mock interview - virtually using InterviewStream OR in-person at the Smith Career Center (by appointment only)

Students must choose one event to attend from the following options:

- Cover Letter Writing

- International Graduate Student Job Search Tips

- Non-Academic Job Interviewing Skills

- Academic Job Interviewing Skills

- Speed Interviewing

- A career fair