Events & Workshops
Throughout the academic year the Center for Career Services hosts dozens of events and workshops to help you:
- develop your professional skills, including interviewing and networking
- network with employers and industry experts in your major or area of interest
- craft a custom resume and cover letter that are appropriate for your field
- learn how to develop a targeted strategy to search for a job or internship
These programs, held several times throughout each semester, are based on the foundational and advanced skills outlined in My Career Success Plan and assist students with identifying skills and interests, and preparing an effective job search strategy.
Know Your Talents and Find Success With StrengthsQuest™: Identify your talents and strengths and learn how to apply them for career, academic and campus success.
Strong Interest Inventory®: Learn how your interests compare to those of people in different careers and majors, and use this information to explore career and major options.
Finding Your First Internship or Part-time Job: Discover strategies and effective resources available to help carry out an internship or job search.
Your First Professional Interview: How to Impress Employers: Learn key steps to follow before, during, and after an interview.
Your First Professional Resume and Cover Letter: Create and develop a professional resume, and review the basic structure of cover letters.
Advanced Job Search Strategies: Develop a targeted job search strategy with networking and informational interviewing.
Ace the Interview--Get the Job: Learn advanced industry-specific interview strategies and how to implement them.
Advanced Resumes and Cover Letters: Write an advanced professional resume and cover letter and learn how to customize both documents when applying to jobs.
Utilizing Advanced Social Media and LinkedIn for the Job Search: Discover how social media and LinkedIn can be used to find potential contacts, industry information and networking opportunities.
The Big Transition: College to Career: Transition to professional employment by learning organizational structure and culture, and how to behave and succeed in the workplace.
Communicating Your Value to Employers: Branding: Create a professional brand to enhance your job search and to promote your value to employers.
Preparing to Negotiate Your Compensation Package: Understand what to do when you receive a job offer: salary negotiation techniques, benefits, and the total compensation package.
Log into the GWork Workshops calendar to learn more and to RSVP for any of these workshops.
These programs feature a wide variety of expert panelists (including alumni) who will discuss job opportunities and careers in their fields and industries, including:
- Arts, Media, Communication
- Business, Economics
- Education, Training, Human Services
- Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Public Health
- Public Policy, Law, Government, International Affairs and Development
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
Some of our industry-based career topics include:
- Alternative Careers for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)
- Climbing Capitol Hill
- How Do I Get a Job in the Fine Arts?
- Med School 101: An Inside Look at the Real Deal in Medical Schools
- Pathways to Careers in Education
- Public Health Pathways
- Sustainability Careers: Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities
- What It’s Really Like to Be a Lawyer
- Why Liberal Arts Majors Succeed in Business
Log into the GWork Workshops calendar to learn more and to RSVP for any of our industry-related programs and workshops.
Through this program, we arrange for representatives to come to campus and meet one-on-one informally with students for 20-30 minutes during regular office hours. This is an excellent way for students to connect individually with employers, get career-related questions answered, gain knowledge of an industry and strengthen relationships with companies and organizations for future networking purposes.
The representatives who participate in this program do not necessarily have positions available in their company, but are genuinely interested in adding to the GW learning community by providing advice to current students on an individual basis.
Recent participants have included the Central Intelligence Agency, National Institutes of Health, Peace Corps, and the World Bank.
Log into the GWork Workshops calendar to learn more and to schedule an appointment with one of our employers-in-residence.
The Center for Career Services brings a variety of employers to campus to host information sessions to educate students about their company or organization. Formats for these sessions include networking receptions, panels, roundtable discussions and visual presentations.
Employers that have hosted information sessions on campus have included Boeing, Deloitte Consulting, Federal Bureau of Investigation, IBM, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, KPMG, Marriott International, NBC Universal, Ogilvy and Mather and Teach for America.
Log into the GWork Information Sessions calendar to learn more and to RSVP for any upcoming information sessions.
This program offers students ﬁrst-hand exposure to local company workplaces and allows organizations the opportunity to provide an overview of their company and what features it has to oﬀer to interested students. The employers may also provide a tour of their oﬃce, host a panel of professionals to speak about diﬀerent possible career paths in the organization and/or meet personally with small groups of students.
Site visits have included Berkeley Research Group, Central Intelligence Agency, National Institutes of Health, NBC Washington, Pepco and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Log into the GWork Workshops calendar to learn more and to RSVP for any upcoming site visits.
Career fairs and industry expos provide opportunities for students and alumni to meet with organizations from all industries that may be recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship positions, and/or getting their brand out to the attention of GW students and alumni.
Log into GWork to learn more and to RSVP for any upcoming fairs or expos.
Career and Job Fairs
The Center for Career Services hosts three major fairs each academic year. At these events, students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet, on average, more than 100 company representatives who will discuss their organizations and possible internships and job opportunities. Employers who register for the events can customize position listings to reﬂect available openings and the required qualiﬁcations. Students and alumni can review these listings in GWork before attending the events.
Industry and Specialized Career Expos
The Center hosts various career expos during the fall and spring semester. While the format of the expos may vary, they provide an opportunity for students and alumni to connect with employers (many of whom are alumni) through panel discussions, roundtable discussions, networking, and/or small-scale career fairs. Some of the expo themes include:
- Media, Journalism and Public Affairs Networking Fair
- DC Startups Expo
- NGO, Non-Profit and Government Career Forum
- Public Health & Health Sciences Career Fair
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- Women's Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair
We also host many special events and programs based on popular topics and areas of interest. Some examples include:
- Boeing Career & Networking Night
- Business Dining Etiquette (co-sponsored with the Center for Student Engagement and the Office of Alumni Relations)
- Career Conversation for Military and Veteran Students (co-sponsored with the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services)
- Is Your Resume Ready for the Career & Internship Fair?
- Making the Most of the Career & Internship Fair for International Students
- Networking at the Career & Internship Fair
- SEAS Career Fair Prep Workshop (co-sponsored with the School of Engineering and Applied Science)
- Student & Alumni Speed Networking Night (co-sponsored with the GW Alumni Association)
- Resume Madness!
- Your Brand, Your Story: Industry Leaders' Tips on Personal Branding
Log into the GWork Workshops calendar to learn more and to RSVP for any upcoming special events or programs.