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Professional Development

For many graduate students, pursuing your specialty involves a change in career focus and sometimes even a change in professional identity.

Resources are available to help you explore and articulate your new professional identity, as well as tools to help you search for meaningful internships and employment after graduation.

Earning your graduate degree is just step one on your journey toward increased career opportunities and personal fulfillment.

Explore the resources below to help build on your coursework and experiences while in grad school at Valpo!

Wherever you are on your journey – the Career & Alumni Network is here to help!

  • Make an appointment with a Career Advisor
  • Get personalized resume/CV writing support
  • Explore career pathways and choices
  • Attend career/internship fairs and professional development workshops
  • And more!

Students required or choosing to complete an internship must complete the Internship Form and additional required documentation in order to request approval of their internship and proceed with registration.

Please click here for the full list of required documentation.

The Graduate Academic Symposium, hosted alongside the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), provides an opportunity for graduate students to present their research and creative projects in a public forum.

A call goes out each spring for students to submit proposals for presentations at this event.

Information and presentations from the 2024 Graduate Academic Symposium can be found on the Sponsored and Student Research page.

GRAD 683 Professional & Career Development is a 0-1 credit course that encourages students to reflect upon their career goals, strengths, and challenges as they plan their entry into the job market, and to develop successful skills and strategies for a job search. Includes resume and cover letter preparation, networking, interviewing, approaching referees, and other topics relevant to preparation for either career advancement, including further graduate study.