The George Washington University Columbian College offers a wide range of tools to help graduate students on the path to their future careers. Whether you are interested in researching at a think tank, leading a corporation, starting a nonprofit or joining the ranks of academia, we can help connect you with the resources you need to get there. Find job and internship postings, networking events with prospective employers, guidance for international students, connections with like-minded alumni and much more.
Job Search and Networking Tools
Video: Supporting Your Career Success
With networking and career events, students have hundreds of opportunities to interact with employers and alumni and bring their dream job closer to reality. Watch our overview video to learn more about career services available to George Washington University graduate students.
More Career Resources
Handshake is GW's online portal for jobs, internships, career fairs and other employer events, workshops and more. Students must log into Handshake using their universiy email address (@gwu.edu). Handshake's many resources include:
- VMock: Use the 24/7 online résumé tool that leverages technologies to provide personalized feedback on your résumé.
- InterviewStream: View interview tutorials and/or participate in a practice mock interview.
- Going Global: Use country career guides to find employment abroad and in the United States.
- Leadership Connect: Search background and contact information for over half a million key leaders and decision-makers in government, business, media, legal, nonprofit and health care organizations.
- Vault Guides: Explore industry and job guides and company listings.
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD): Free resources on navigating the academic job market for graduate students.
- Graduate Student Career Series: Browse select career events and programs open to all GW graduate students.
- GW Career Connect: Join the online community to make professional connections, get career advice and find networking opportunities. Log in through LinkedIn, Facebook or email.
- GW Alumni Association LinkedIn Group: Exclusive to alumni, this LinkedIn group connects more than 30,000 alumni from across industries and around the world.
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- International Government and Policy, Diplomacy, Intelligence and International Development
- Public Health, Health Sciences, Nursing and Medicine
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
- U.S. Politics, Education, Social Impact, Arts and Communication
Career Services Advising Support
Several offices within the Columbian College offer advising and other support for graduate students, based on discipline. Students in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) and the Data Science Program have their own advising staff. The CCAS Graduate Student Services team can assist all students outside of TSPPPA and Data Science.
The Value of a Degree
Discover how recent graduate alumni fared after graduation and get details on employers, industries, salary ranges and more. You can even filter the data by program.
Questions about this data should be sent to the Office of Survey Research and Analysis at [email protected].
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"I got an internship with the GOP... It was a really cool opportunity to use the skills I've gotten at GW thus far and apply them to a real-world and relevant application."
MS '17, Data Science
CCAS Alumni Success Stories
When Hollywood Dreams Dim, Alumna Shines a Light
Former psychology major Caroline Adegun, BA ’12, MA ’16, founded a nonprofit talent development firm that guides low-income and homeless entertainers through the creative industry.
CCAS Coast Guard Alumni Serve Ships and Shores
As Coast Guard officers, alumni like Zeita Merchant, MPA ’10, (right) and David Ruhlig, MPA ’18, are trailblazers and lifesavers. They are also among the nation’s leading military minds.
Mission to Mars: Alumna Follows Perseverance into Space
A veteran of space explorations, scientist and multiple alumna Pamela Conrad launched her second Mars rover as part of the team that guided NASA’s Perseverance to the red planet.