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Professional Development

Our graduates become leaders in their fields — from business and industry to government, academia, and non-profit work.

The Graduate School’s professional development and career advising services will help you create a professional development plan, identify opportunities to define and develop skills, and explore career resources.  We’ll help you

  • Create and improve CVs, resumes and cover letters
  • Devise strategies for job searching and interviewing
  • Bolster your digital presence
  • Identify opportunities for academic and industry careers
  • Build skills

We also assist students in looking for upcoming fellowship opportunities.

The Center for Career & Experiential Education also offers resources and sponsors events to assist you in meeting your education and career goals. RhodyNet lists experiential learning and career opportunities.

Read our Graduate School Newsletter, which lists upcoming events, job and fellowship opportunities, and tips for making you successful in graduate school and in your career – here!

Contact Cara Mitnick, professional development director, or call (401) 874-4266, to learn more.

Upcoming events and deadlines

September 5: Graduate School Orientation, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., CBLS

September 7: Getting Started @the Libraries, 9 a.m., Carothers Library, room 142

September 13: 

  • Using Scopus to Find Articles, Track Citations, two sessions, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Carothers Library, room 142
  • LinkedIn Basics Webinar, 1 p.m., Alumni Association and Graduate School
  • CVs, Resumes and Converting Your CV to a Resume, 5 to 6 p.m., College of Pharmacy, room 207

September 14: CVs, Resumes and Converting Your CV to a Resume, 5 to 6 p.m., Swan, room 206

September 19:

  • Last day to register for classes and submit Leave of Absence requests
  • Organizing References with RefWorks, 3 p.m., Carothers, room 142

September 20: LinkedIn Basics and Photographer, 12 p.m. Alumni Association and Grad School, 207 College of Pharmacy

September 22: Organizing References with RefWorks, 10 a.m., Carothers, room 142

September 26: 

  • Interlibrary Loan, Institutional Repositories and More, 3 p.m., Carothers, room 142
  • Writing Effective Cover Letters, 5 to 6 p.m., Swan, room 206 (Bring two copies of your cover letter to edit.)

September 27: Job Fair Boot Camp, 4 to 6 p.m., Center for Career and Experiential Education, Beaupre, room 105 (20-minute sessions)

September 28: 

  • Grant Writing Workshop: How to Draft Your Budget, 4-5 p.m., 207 College of Pharmacy
  • Public Accounting Night, 6 to 8 p.m., Memorial Union

September 29:


Badge in Diversity and Inclusion

This program provides students with the conceptual framework and practical skill development necessary to cultivate inclusion in diverse work environments.  To complete the Professional Development Badge in Diversity and Inclusion, students attend five sessions offered by the Diversity and Inclusion program. One of those sessions must be “Fundamentals of Diversity.” Each session runs about an hour.

Past workshops topics:

  • Fundamentals of Diversity
  • Awakening the Mind to Hidden Bias
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • Conducting Inclusive Research
  • Teaching Inclusively
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce

Have your ecampus username and Sakai password (typically your birth date) ready to access your certificate of completion. For more information, contact

Professional Development Tips

Submit your Program of Study. The Graduate School uses students’ program of study to determine eligibility for exams and to complete the final audit of students’ course work prior to awarding of degrees. We make sure students are on track to timely completion.

Review the policies listed on the following Program of Study forms:

Draft a teaching philosophy statement. As a graduate teaching assistant, you may be asked to state your philosophy of teaching when submitting a teaching portfolio in seeking academic positions. A teaching philosophy statement is a one-to-two page (single-spaced) document describing your core approach to teaching in your field. It should include a concise, first-person description of your teaching approach and examples of specific course topics, assignments, assessments, and strategies drawn from courses you have taught or are prepared to teach or from past mentoring experiences.

The examples should demonstrate your range of teaching expertise, illustrate your objectives, methods, and approaches, and allow readers to envision your teaching approach in action. A Teaching Philosophy Statement is not a summary of your CV nor is it an article on pedagogy. It is a practical, specific discussion of the objectives and approaches you currently use, have used in the past, and plan to use in the future. Learn more about writing a teaching philosophy statement.

Additional resources:

Teach Undergraduates effectively. Two top strategies for effective teaching as a graduate student: Be organized and show students you care about their learning. Here are resources to give you confidence in the classroom:

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