Special Programs & Funding Opportunities

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 assist students with identifying skills and interests, and preparing an effective job-search strategy. Log into the events section of your Handshake profile to learn more and to RSVP for any of these workshops.

  • 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.

We partner with academic departments and programs, alumni, and student groups to host panels, speakers, and workshops that help you learn about industry trends and industry-specific skills for the job search. Our industry-focus areas include:

Log into the events section of your Handshake profile to learn more and to RSVP to any our industry-related programs and workshops.

Employer-in-Residence Program

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 events section of your Handshake profile to learn more and to schedule an appointment with one of our employers-in-residence.

Information Sessions

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 events section of your Handshake profile to learn more and to RSVP for any upcoming information sessions.

Employer Site Visits - Sign up in Handshake

Site Visits

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 events section of your Handshake profile 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 your Handshake profile to learn more and to RSVP for any upcoming fairs or expos.

Career and Job Fairs

The Center for Career Services hosts several fairs each academic year. At these events, students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet representatives from up to 100 or more companies 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 Handshake before attending the events.  

  • Career and Internship Fair
  • Industry and Specialized Career Fairs, including:
    • Media, Journalism and Public Affairs Networking Fair
    • DC Startup Fair
    • Non-Profit & Government Career Fair
    • Public Health & Health Sciences Career Fair
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair
    • 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)
  • Making the Most of the Career & Internship Fair for International Students
  • 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)
  • International Student & Alumni Nettworking Night (co-sponsored with the International Services Office and the Office of Alumni Relations)
  • ...many more!

Log into your Handshake profile to learn more and to RSVP for a variety of special programs and events.

Request a Program or Workshop

We can create and facilitate individual workshops and programs on a variety of career development topics. Submit a request for a specialized workshop.

Volunteer as a Panelist or Presenter

If you are an alumna or alumnus, we encourage you to sign up to be a panelist or presenter at one of our workshops or have your organization represented at fairs and expos.