Graduate Student Career Series

Note: The Graduate Student Career Series includes select career events and programs open to all GW graduate students. For a more comprehensive listing of career events and programs for graduate students at GW, please review Events in Handshake.


Spring 2020


Career Cafe

(Usually held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, but confirm in Handshake)
4:00-5:00pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
6th floor Graduate Lounge
1957 E Street, NW

Join us for an open discussion on your career and the field of international affairs.  Drop in; join us for some or all.

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Careers Within an Office of Inspector General

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
5:00 to 6:00 pm
Marvin Center 302

Hear from Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees about their agency, work, impact and career paths. Confirmed employers from OIG: Amtrak, Department of Transportation, EPA - JJ Marzullo, Amtrak, Senior Director, Audits - Jeffrey Lagda, EPA, Acting Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Congressional and Public Affairs and Inspector General spokesman - Senior Leadership Representative, Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General

Confirmed panelists:

- JJ Marzullo, Amtrak, Senior Director, Audits
- Jeffrey Lagda, EPA, Acting Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Congressional and Public Affairs and Inspector General spokesman
- Senior Leadership Representative, Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General

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Society for International Development - Washington Career Fair

Wednesday January 29, 2020
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor

The SID-W Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for entry and mid-level candidates to advance their careers, make connections with influential individuals and institutions, and learn more about the current state of international development. It also provides a forum for international development organizations to recruit top talent and highlight their unique opportunities in and contributions to development. Organizations from all sectors of international development are expected to participate with 400-500 attendees ranging from graduating students looking for entry level work to mid-career professionals looking for a change. In addition to the exhibit hall, there will have speakers and panel discussions

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Professional Leadership Workshop: Tools to Inspire & Influence

Saturday February 1, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
District House B205

The traits that enable people to lead, inspire, and garner respect can be learned. In this high energy, interactive session, you will discover critical communication skills, including how to project an image of authority and competence, the importance of a positive attitude, techniques for being seen as a leader in meetings, and ways to handle stressful situations gracefully. Presented by Nancy Singer, JD, LLM, Adjunct Assistant Professor, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Retired Commander, United States Navy.

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2020 GW Start-Up Career & Internship Fair

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12:00 noon to  2:30 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

This event is presented by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the GW Center for Career Services. The Fair features some of the hottest startups along with hundreds of the most entrepreneurial students from the greater DC area gather to network for future internships and job opportunities. This is an opportunity for students to utilize their "elevator pitch" and garner information on great internship and job opportunities with startup businesses in the DMV area.

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6th Annual International Student-Alumni Networking Night

Wednesday March 25, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 pm
City View Room-Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW

The International Services Office, Center for Career Services, and Office of Alumni Relations invite all GW international students to attend this special event to network with alumni who attended GW as international students, and are now employed in the U.S. and abroad. Learn from alumni who successfully managed a US/home country job search and learn about strategies and opportunities to aid your professional and career goals.

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GW STEM+Health Symposium: Forecasting Professional Futures in Science, Technology, & Healthcare

Friday, February 28, 2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor

This three-part event targets students who are interested in pursuing industry, research, and academic careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) and health sciences disciplines. Students will benefit from the panel of experts, breakout discussion groups, and networking with professionals.

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GW STEM+Health Career Connection Fair

Friday, February 28, 2020
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

This fair is an opportunity for employers to recruit GW undergraduate and graduate students for research, internship, and full-time employment opportunities – allowing them to build and expand their brand on campus as well as seed their talent pipeline.

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Georgetown & GW 2020 Marketing Career Fair

Friday, February 28, 2020
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Georgetown University - Healey Family Student Center
Washington, DC

From client side firms like Estee Lauder and Oracle, to agencies like R2Integrated, marketing jobs come in all sorts of types and formats. Undergraduate and graduate students from GW and Georgetown are invited to attend the annual Marketing Career Fair to learn more about positions available both client side firms and agencies across a variety of industries. More than two dozen employers will be looking for students to fill marketing, PR and communications roles at both agencies and industry-based firms.

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Abt Associates Employer Briefing

Monday March 2, 2020
5:00 to 6:00 pm
Marvin Center 405

Learn about Abt Associates, a global firm working in research, evaluation and program implementation. Their domestic/international areas include health, education, workforce, environment, food security and housing. Hear about their work and internship/job opportunities in the US and around the globe.

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You Too Can Negotiate Your Salary

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
8:00 to 9:15 pm
(Virtual Session)

Everyone needs to feel confident in their ability to negotiate salary, compensation and other workplace benefits because today’s workers will change jobs frequently—the Department of Labor estimates that the average worker will have 10 different jobs by the age of 40. This webinar will walk you through the steps to prepare for and conduct salary negotiations. Topics discussed include how to handle salary questions in interviews, and what to do with salary questions in online applications. Presented by GW alumna and author Karen Chopra, CEO of ChopraCareers.com and Karen ChopraConsulting.com.

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Thinking on Your Feet – How to Shine Under Pressure

Thursday, March 12, 2020
5:00 to 6:00 pm
District House B114

It is important to both you and your organization that your ideas are heard, and your opinion is taken seriously. Being able to speak in an organized and concise fashion is a skill that can be easily mastered. In this hands-on session, you will be exposed to a technique for organizing information immediately and crafting a clear, concise, and substantive response. Presented by Nancy Singer, JD, LLM, Adjunct Assistant Professor, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Retired Commander, United States Navy.

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Talking to Decision Makers: What to Say and How to Say it!

Monday, March 23, 2020
4:00 to 6:00 pm
District House B114

Professionals who can describe an issue in 30 seconds or less are considered assets to their organizations. During this high energy, interactive session, the instructor will demonstrate how to prepare and describe an issue in 30 seconds using the “what” “so what” “now what”; pattern. She will also explain how to respond to probing questions. Presented by Nancy Singer, JD, LLM, Adjunct Assistant Professor, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Retired Commander, United States Navy.

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Public Health Career Fair 2020

Thursday April 9, 2020
3:00 to 6:00 pm
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Network with over 30 of top public health and health services employers who will provide company overviews and discuss job and internship opportunities and skills required for employment at their organizations. The GWSPH Communications Department will also be onsite providing professional headshots for all Public Health students and alumni. Hosted by Milken Institute School of Public Health Career Services and the GW Center for Career Services.

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Fall 2019


Career Cafe

Every Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm
Elliott School of International Affairs
6th floor Graduate Lounge
1957 E Street, NW

Join us for an open discussion on your career and the field of international affairs.  Drop in; join us for some or all.

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Federal Government:  Pathways Programs/Presidential Leadership Fellows

Tuesday, September 24
4:30-6:00 pm
(Pathways/PMF presentation followed by PMF Alumni Panel)
GW Law School Lerner Room 401
2000 H Street, NW

Join us for a briefing and update on serving in the federal government through the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program and the Pathways program.  This event will feature GW alumni from these programs and career development staff to help answer any questions you may have about these great programs. 

Cosponsored by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration and the GW Law School

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Industry Insider Appointments: Federal Government 

Fridays, October 4, 18-25, Tuesdays, October 8-29 
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Marvin Center, 5th Floor 

Sign up for an individual 30 minute appointment with a federal government professional to receive answers to common questions about hiring and working in the federal government. Professionals can offer feedback on topics including USAjobs, federal resumes, GS payscale, and Pathways Programs. Professionals come from various agencies including FBI, FRB, FDA, and FERC. 

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United Nations in DC | Panel at GW 

Thursday, October 24
3:30-5:00pm
Elliott School of International Affairs Lindner Commons (Room 602)

On UN DAY hear from a panel of UN professionals sharing details of their work, career path and advice with GW students.

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World Bank Site Visit 

Thursday, October 24
9:00am-12:00noon

Hear insights and advice from young professionals at the Bank through an event sponsored by the Y2Y World Bank group. The event will include a presentation, panel discussion, tour and optional lunch at the Bank.

Students must be able to attend the entire event

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Employer Briefing: Office of Evaluation Sciences, General Services Administration (GSA)

Monday, October 28
5:00-6:00 pm
SMPA 601Y (TSPPPA Career Center)

Meet their staff, learn about their impact and hear about employment opportunities.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Site Visit

Tuesday, October 29
12:00pm-1:30pm
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

A panel of GW alumni speaking with students about a variety of careers available within FERC.

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Employer Info Session: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - Leadership Fellow Program

Thursday, October 31
12:00noon-1:00 pm
SMPA 601Y (TSPPPA Career Center)

The Port Authority’s Leadership Fellow Program is a distinguished program for leadership and public service in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan region. This two-year rotational program offers Port Authority Fellows invaluable on the job experience in several business functions such as planning, finance, security, facility operations, human resources, and much more.


Employer Info Session: AMTRAK Office of Inspector General

Thursday, October 31
5:00-6:00 pm
SMPA 601Y (TSPPPA Career Center)

Students will hear from Amtrak OIG staff about their work and internship/employment opportunities.


Non-Profit & Government Career Fair

Friday, November 15
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Marvin Center Continental Ballroom and Ampitheater

Gain valuable professional insight and advice about working in the NGO and Government sectors.  Network with organizations representatives and learn about internship and full-time opportunities.  Held in collaboration with the Women's Foreign Policy Group, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

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