Georgetown graduate students have great access to opportunities that advance careers in Washington, D.C. and around the world.  Washington is a nexus for many industries networked to Georgetown through faculty connections, internship positions, and post-graduation positions.

Hundreds of employers visit campus through our career fairs, alumni panels, and company information sessions to speak with students about different career fields and job opportunities. In addition, thousands of job and internship postings across a variety of career fields are available to graduate students online through Handshake . Graduate students have the opportunity to make connections with Georgetown’s many successful alumni through the Alumni Career Network, Hoya Gateway, and alumni presentations. For the busy graduate student who finds it difficult to attend live events, Georgetown offers a number of valuable virtual resources to help you to craft a resume, perfect your interview technique, learn about companies, and search for jobs.  Many of these resources are available to you after you leave Georgetown as well!


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All graduate students at Georgetown are welcome to utilize the Cawley Center in these ways:


Use Cawley’s job and internship search platform, Handshake, to identify and apply to opportunities world-wide.  A sample search in August 2018 garnered 4,900 positions posted for master’s students and 2,200 positions posted for doctoral students.

Events & Fairs

Attend events, ranging from employer presentations to educational seminars.  Visit the Events tab in Handshake for listings. Of particular note are the Health, Science, and Technology Career Fair, the Fall Career Fair, themed alumni networking events, programs for international students who want to work in the United States and for domestic students who want to work abroad, and employer sessions from top companies in public service, finance, consulting, and other industries.

Drop-in Appointments

Meet with Cawley Career Center staff in drop-in appointments held every Monday-Friday between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Drop-in appointments can be used to review documents, discuss a job or internship search strategy, practice interview questions, or ask other questions.


Graduate students in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Department of Government, or in Biomedical Graduate Education programs, are directed to their specialized career center. Each group's career center is able to cater to the specific interests of graduate students in those areas. These centers list job and internship opportunities for organizations that commonly employ graduates of those programs. They also deliver targeted skill workshops, site visits and information sessions, regular career bulletins, and more. Alumni get involved with current students through these centers to offer additional networking opportunities. For more information, visit the appropriate program's career center:


Career exploration and planning resources at Georgetown and beyond include:

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students, doctoral students,  and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.  It was developed collaboratively by several universities in the US.  Create a free account to explore career paths appropriate to your discipline, map out next steps for career, learn tips for graduate students on writing resumes, and more.

The Doctoral Student Career Planning Guide was created by Connected Academics, a national-scale MLA project, to develop students’ capacities to bring the expertise they acquire in advanced humanistic study to a wide range of fulfilling, secure, and well-compensated careers.  The toolkit contains resources for both faculty advising students considering alt-ac careers as well as students themselves.

An International Student Career Course was developed collaboratively by staff from four Georgetown career centers and the Office of Global Services (OGS) to support our international graduate students’ career development.  This self-guided course takes place in Canvas; all course material is optional and not graded or for credit.  OGS invites all international students to the course in early October.  Visit the ‘Events’ section Handshake to search for additional career programming for international graduate students.

Optimal Resume  is an interactive resource for resume, CV, and cover letter content and formatting.  Build a document with support from the site and then download a copy that you can continue to update.  Use your Georgetown email address to register for an account. 

Optimal Interview ( is a virtual mock interview practice website that allows you to prepare for upcoming interview opportunities at any time.  Use your Georgetown email address to register for an account.  Visit Handshake to find additional interview prep workshops and events.

Networking and event resources at Georgetown and beyond include:

Hoya Gateway and Georgetown Alumni Career Network are databases of Georgetown alumni who are available for informational interviews.  These alumni are passionate about meeting with students and are available for everything from resume reviews to general advice about life on the Hilltop. Search both platforms to find Hoyas working in fields or organizations of interest to you.  Hoya Gateway also gives you the chance to explore all that the alumni community has to offer through the "Resources" section.

Connected Academics at Georgetown aims to create initiatives to help institutions, faculty, and graduate students reimagine and reinvent doctoral education in the humanities.  Visit their events page to view recorded events and upcoming opportunities.

A Graduate Student Career Symposium, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, will take place on Friday, October 19, between 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Healey Family Student Center.  Several networking, career panel, and educational events are being planned exclusively for graduate students only.  Check with the Graduate School for more information.

Other discipline-specific graduate career centers on campus, whose academic areas of focus may relate to your career interests, occasionally host events throughout the year that are open to all students.  Reach out to:  the BGE Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development; the SFS Graduate Career Center; the McCourt Office of Career Development and Alumni Engagement; the MBA Career Center; or the Georgetown Law Office of Career Strategy with questions.


You should check with your individual graduate programs for specific job and academic placements. In general, our graduates are very successful in finding opportunities after Georgetown when they take advantage of program and career resources. Graduates have taken jobs domestically and internationally, including professorships and post-doctoral opportunities at all types of universities.