Opportunities and Resources

Take advantage of the offices and programs on campus designed to support your success, and explore a curated list of off-campus and virtual resources.

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Professional Development

Professional development programs are facilitated by faculty and staff from various areas on campus including Student Life, the Office of Graduate Education, the Center for Globacl Communications + Design, the Archer Center for Student Leadership, and more. Professional development opportunities are advertised through the Rensselaer graduate student newsletter. 

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Center for Global Communication+Design

Located in the Folsom Library, the Center for Global Communication+Design (Comm+D) is a free resource for all members of the Rensselaer community: students, faculty, and staff. Graduate students are encouraged to schedule an in-person or online appointment with Comm+D consultants to discuss any communication project for any purpose, and at any stage of the development process.

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Center for Career and Professional Development

Located in DCC 209, the Center for Career and Professional Development offers workshops for graduate students throughout the year on topics like Academia vs. Industry, Social Media and the Job Search, Interviewing Tips, Negotiation, and more. Graduate students are encouraged to sign up with JobLink, an online recruiting and job posting system that also connects students with campus recruiting activities.

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Professional Leadership Series

This non-credit course promotes discussion-based learning through a sequence of corporate-style seminars. Topics include emotional intelligence, marketing your ideas, networking, effective formal presentations, and cross-cultural communication. Each week a guest presenter from industry or academia leads the class in interactive exercises designed to provide hands-on learning and skill building. The Professional Leadership Series is coordinated by the Archer Center for Leadership Development.

In addition to the Professional Leadership Series, the Archer Center offers several workshops throughout the year for graduate students to attend.

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External and Virtual Opportunities


Higher Education

  • Create an account with ChronicleVitae to access career management tools, free dossier services, posted job opportunities, and advice you need to succeed in higher education.
  • Read the Chronicle of Higher Education—you have premium access to this site when you are connected to the Rensselear Wi-Fi.