To support graduate student career success beyond academia, the UGA Graduate School offers programs and resources through the Office of Experiential Professional
Development (xPD). The xPD program is designed to support career planning through a variety of formats, including:
- Workshops & Career symposia
- Alumni panels
- Company site visits
- Job simulations
- Internships/Practicum Opportunities
A list of all upcoming xPD programs can be viewed on the Graduate School calendar. The Graduate School is interested in actively partnering with graduate student groups and academic departments to fulfill professional development needs, and also collects input through an xPD Student Advisory Board. Students are also encouraged to follow the @UGAGradStudies and @UGAGradCareers social media accounts.
Programs & Resources
PhD Career Accelerator: A cohort-based professional development program grounded in the principles of experiential learning. Click here to learn more and apply for the next cohort!
Aurora: A self-paced career exploration platform for PhD students, including modules on faculty and non-faculty careers and job searches. Log in here with your UGA credentials.
Interstride: A portal with career resources for international students and other international job-seekers. Includes webinars, job postings, and information about navigating visa/sponsorship issues. Log in here with your UGA credentials.
xPD Campus Internship Program: Each summer, the Graduate School funds internship opportunities for doctoral students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Previous placements have included positions in communications, university outreach, instructional support, and higher education administration. More information will be distributed via email in December or January each year.
Visit the following websites to learn more about important campus partners and resources.
UGA I-Corps Program: The I-Corps program offers hands-on training each semester for faculty and students who are interested in research commercialization. Visit the UGA I-Corps homepage to learn more about this initiative.
UGA Entrepreneurship: UGA Entrepreneurship offers graduate courses and a number of workshops and/or start-up competitions each year where students can earn cash prizes to support their new business. To learn more, visit the Entrepreneurship Program website.
Graduate Certificate Programs: Did you know that UGA offers a number of graduate certificate programs? Certificates are similar to an academic minor, and many of the offerings are focused in applied career fields – such as regulatory affairs – or in high-demand methodological areas. View the complete list on the Graduate School’s website.
UGA Career Center: The UGA Career Center offers numerous programs as well as online resources and one-on-one advisement for graduate students. To schedule an appointment, call the Career Center’s front desk at (706) 542-3375. View upcoming events on the Career Center’s website, or view the Graduate Student Career Guide online. Students are also encouraged to learn more about the campus job board, Handshake, which is accessed through the Career Center’s homepage.
UGA Mentor Program: The University of Georgia has a dedicated Mentor Program which is geared toward pairing students and alumni together for meaningful connections. To learn more, or to sign up for the program, visit the UGA Mentor Program homepage.
Questions about our programs and services? Interested in partnering with us to support UGA graduate students? Please contact the Office of Experiential Professional Development in the UGA Graduate School.
Andrew M. Crain, PhD
Director of Experiential Professional Development (xPD)
112 Brooks Hall | (706) 542-6298
xPD Graduate Assistant
Doctoral student in UGA’s Institute of Higher Education