Career Positioning

Career Positioning

Positioning yourself as a top job applicant doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, dedication and hard work. In addition to your record of preeminent research, you must demonstrate that you possess the professional skills required for success. You'll need to consider what development activities you need to undertake to set yourself apart from other high-performing applicants. Graduate Career Services can help. Come see us. 

Research Skill Building:

  • Align your coursework with your research and scholarship
  • Initiate conversations with Grants and Fellowships to find funding to support your research projects
  • Plan research projects with your advisor
  • Attend Ethics in Research Workshops

Communication Skill Building:

  • Initiate networking and mentor relationships
  • Assess your interpersonal and public communication skills
  • Attend seminars and poster presentations and pay attention to speakers' communication skills

Leadership Skill Building:

  • Join professional organizations; become an active member by pursuing internal and external networking opportunities

  • Find leadership and service opportunities within your department, college and the greater Notre Dame community. Notre Dame graduate student organizations:

ACMS Student Organization (SIAM)
The SIAM Student Chapter will primarily serve the University of ND community under the Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics Dept. However, membership will be open to any graduate and undergraduate student of the University of ND as well as Holy Cross Colleges, especially those in STEM fields. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail acmsgso.

Association for Women in Science
This group is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. To promote equal opportunity for women to enter the scientific professions and achieve their career goals; to raise the status of women in science; to encourage/engage in research related to women in the scientific fields and other works of educational and scientific nature. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail awis.

Beta Gamma Sigma
The objective is to invite qualifying students based on their academic performance and induct them to the society. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail bgs.

Biology Graduate Student Organization
The goals of Biology Graduate Student Organization is to provide a forum for expression of student opinion; to provide a mechanism for discussion and enactment of student decisions; to provide opportunities for social interactions among graduate students; to foster social, intellectual and institutional links with faculty; and to promote social, institutional and intellectual links with graduate students in other departments. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail bgso or visit the Biology Graduate Student Organization website.

Black Graduate Student Association
The purpose of the Black Graduate Student Association is to promote social & cultural cohesion, establish unity amongst ourselves, support the expansion of cultural diversity through recruitment and retention efforts and to ensure academic and structural support within ourselves and between our fellow educational peers. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail bgsa.

Book Club
The purpose of Book Club shall be to explore in depth great books in the disciplines of humanities and sciences and foster a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail bookclub.

Catholic Graduate Community
The purpose of the CGC shall be to provide a friendly social and intellectual forum for Catholics, other Christians, and persons of good will, to meet, exchange and discuss ideas, and acquire a deeper understanding of the Catholic philosophical and theological heritage, especially in light of Christian Revelation, the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church, and the tenets promulgated by Ex Corde Ecclesiae. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail tac or click here for the Catholic Graduate Community website.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Organization
The purpose of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Organization is to encourage personal, social, and professional development through academic, departmental, industry, and member interaction. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail CBEGSO.

Chemistry Graduate Student Organization
The purpose is to provide a forum for chemistry graduate students to express their opinions. 

  • To ensure that graduate students are treated fairly by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Notre Dame
  • To promote the improvement of the chemistry graduate program at Notre Dame
  • To improve the social environment of the chemistry department at Notre Dame
  • To create and support events that promote academic and professional development
  • To foster social, intellectual, and institutional links with faculty
  • To promote social, intellectual, and institutional links with graduate students within Notre Dame (via Graduate Student Union) and across the US (via other organizations aligned with the American Chemical Society)
  • To encourage diversity in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

If you would like more information about this club, e-mail CGSO.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
The objective of this chapter is to encourage student interest in the advancement of the science and practice of earthquake engineering and the solution of national earthquake engineering problems to protect people and property from the effects of earthquakes and to develop an awareness of EERI, and EERI Chapters with consensus procedures by which EERI operates. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail eeriund or visit the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute website.

Electron Microscopy Club
The purpose of the Electron Microscopy Club (NDEMC) is to advance knowledge of theory and practice of electron microscopy techniques. The NDEMC will work toward this by sharing techniques between graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff; holding regular meetings to discuss state and operation equipment; promoting advanced understanding through seminars; and helping new users learn the principles of operation of the instrument. If you would like more information about this club, please e-mail Electron Mircoscopy Club.

Fulbright Students' Association
The purpose of the association shall be to promote mutual understanding and cooperation among individuals who are currently affiliated with ND, Saint Mary's or Holy Cross and who are studying or have previously studied under any Fulbright program. If you would like more information about this club, please e-mail fsand.

Graduate Student, Spouse, and Significant Other Network of Notre Dame (GSN)
The purpose of the GSN is to establish a sustainable community for married and partnered graduate and post-baccalaureate students and their significant others and families. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail gsn.

Graduate Student Union
The purpose of the club shall be to promote the interest and friendship of members and to share the spirits of Notre Dame. The representation of graduate student interests to the University Administration. To promote excellence in graduate education at ND. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail gsu or visit the Graduate Student Union website.

Graduate Theological Society
The Graduate Theological Society (GTS) of the University of Notre Dame, chartered under the original name of the Graduate Theological Union in December 1, 1967, is the official organization of graduate students in the Department of Theology. A voluntary democratic society, the GTS exists to foster and promote community, service, and professional development among its members in all aspects of graduate student life, including academic, political, social,
and liturgical activities. The Graduate Theological Society seeks to coordinate concerns regarding the corporate life and work of the graduate students in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail gts or visit the Graduate Theological Society website.

Korean Graduate Student Association
The purpose of the club shall be to promote the interest and friendship of members and to share the spirits of Notre Dame. If you would like more information about this organization, e-mail kgsa or visit the Korean Graduate Student Association website.

Kroc Doctoral Student Organization
The purpose of the Kroc Doctoral Student Organization shall be to foster the intellectual, professional, and social lives of students enrolled in the doctoral program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail KDSO.

Latino Graduate Association of Notre Dame
The purpose of the Latina/a Graduate Association of Notre Dame shall be to build community and foster inter-cultural dialogue amongst Latina/a graduate students, Latino Studies graduate students, and all interested Notre Dame graduate students who wish to participate. These goals will be accomplished through social, academic, professional development, and community outreach events, as well as
through meetings. If you would like more information about this club, e-mail LGND.

Persian Association of Notre Dame
To promote interest in vibrant and colorful Persian culture, tradition and history of Iran amongst members of the University community through various events related to Persian culture. If you would like more information about this club, please e-mail pand

Science Policy Initiative
The Science Policy Initiate at ND seeks to engage students at the University of ND in issues at the intersection of science and public policy. We will unite students who have a passion for science and a desire to affect policy change, and work to communicate the value of scientific research to society at large. If you would like more information about this club, please e-mail scipolnd

Society of Schmitt Fellows of Notre Dame
The purpose of the SSFND shall be to coordinate the activities of the Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship recipients at the University of Notre Dame, as well as foster their academic growth and leadership potential. If you would like more information about this club, please e-mail the ssfnd.

Society for Women Engineers: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities.  More information can be found on ND SWE's blog.

SPIE (Student Chapter, International Society for Optical Engineering)
The purpose of SPIE is to promote the discipline of Optical Science and Engineering through the organized effort of this group in the study, and research; to disseminate knowledge in the field of Optical Engineering, and to help the career development of the student members.
If you would like more information about this e-mail, e-mail spie or click here for the SPIE website.

Women in International Security
The purpose of WIIS-ND shall be to advance women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in the international peace and security field. WIIS defines international security broadly, inclusive of a range of disciplines such as conflict resolution and human rights, but focuses on the intersection or nexus of these issues with security. If you would like more information about this club, please e-mail wiisnd.

*Listings do not imply endorsement by the University of Notre Dame nor Graduate Career Services. The resources are provided as potential information sources only.