The Ford School Difference: a well-resourced and strategic graduate career services team
About our Graduate Career Services
As a professional school, the Ford School places a high priority on the career development of students. The Graduate Career Services Office is staffed with full-time career counselors who work closely with master's and doctoral students to help them achieve their career objectives.
The Ford School's Graduate Career Services Office works with a wide range of employers to develop and enhance recruiting relationships with organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Employer outreach efforts are conducted with peer institutions in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) as well as specifically for the Ford School.
Our office is focused on four central priorities: information, connections, strategy, and support.
We seek to:
- Provide students with information about the variety of career choices available with a policy degree. We do this through career panels and programs, print and web resources, and individual career counseling.
- Connect students and policy employers. This includes active employer outreach to enhance the visibility of the Ford School in all sectors, job posting and resume collection services, access to the Ford School alumni network, on-campus recruiting opportunities, and DC-based networking events.
- Assist students in creating an individual strategy for their career goals. We help students develop the skills and tools necessary for writing effective resumes and cover letters, mapping out career paths, evaluating career opportunities, and negotiating offers.
- Provide support for students through the inevitable highs, lows, and plateaus that accompany career planning and the job search process.
In addition, the office administers both a Professional Development Fund and an Internship Fund, providing financial support through a competitive proposal process for off-campus career-related learning experiences.