Graduate Professional & Community Development

Career Services

The Graduate School’s professional development and career advising services can help you create and improve a professional development plan, identify opportunities to define and develop skills, explore career resources, and create job application materials. We offer assistance with CVs, resumes, interviewing strategies, mock interviews, networking, job search, and salary negotiating. 



For help with cover letters and Teaching and Research Statements, make an appointment with a writing consultant in the Graduate Writing Center.

Job search and networking strategies

We maintain a list of resources for job search and networking strategies.

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University report, 70% of jobs are found through networking.

If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, you should make one! LinkedIn is a powerful tool for networking and finding job opportunities. We invite a professional photographer each Fall to take headshots for your LinkedIn profile, free of charge. Keep an eye out in the Graduate School newsletter for these events.

Check out these strategies for networking to learn where to start. A helpful tool for job searches and networking is conducting an informational interview. Although this sounds like an official interview, it’s not. It is actually a way to interview people in various field to help you decide what career you may want! Pro-tip: Be prepared with an Elevator Pitch prior to networking with someone or going to a conference!

Resources for preparing job documents

Pursuing a PhD and interested in a position in Industry? Ask me anything about the Industry Job Search for PhDs.

Searching for a Job or Internship? Access URI’s Handshake Job Board

URI’s Handshake platform connects students and alumni to employers. Handshake also hosts events employers meet and greets. 

Visit to set up an account and login with your SSO credentials.

Interested in statistical software workshops?

ITS Research Computing collaborates with the URI AI Lab and streamlines workshop offerings for statistical software and other computing resources.

View Spring 2024 workshops here.

Please reach out to with any questions or comments.

On and off campus graduate student community groups


Cara Mitnick, Esq.

Associate Director of Professional and Community Development

Quinn Hall 202


Diana Fontaine

Teaching Assistant

Office of Professional and Community Development