UC San Diego Graduate Careers Blog

Announcements for graduate students about job opportunities, professionalization events, career advice, and more

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Communications Internship
Hoboken Mommies Online Social Community

Hoboken Mommies is an online social community for parents in Hoboken, NJ. Launched in 2013, the site now has over 4,000 members and is the go-to resource for parenting information in Hudson County, NJ.

To leverage potential partnership opportunities and take the community to the next level, we’re seeking a communications intern to help us develop a launch a parenting lifestyle blog. The intern would be responsible for working with designers on branding and helping to draft and develop blog posts about parenting topics.

This is a great opportunity for a strong writer who is interested in learning more about the communications industry and would like to add blogging and influencer experience to their resume.

This internship is a remote/telecommuting opportunity. Travel to NYC/NJ is not required.

Interested candidates should direct applications and any inquiries to Kimberly Gardiner at khartman@apcoworldwide.com. Kimberly is a UCSD Alumnus (class of 2006!) who has worked in the communications industry for nearly a decade. She currently work for APCO Worldwide, a communications consulting agency in NYC.


Editor(s) Wanted
UC San Diego Office of Advanced Professional Education and Development

We are seeking freelance editors with different backgrounds, especially those familiar with the healthcare topics, for our students. We offer master’s degrees in Health Policy and Law, Leadership of Healthcare Organization and Clinical Research. The editor(s) would be paid directly by the student. We are looking for individuals who can help our students with editing their homework assignment papers and with their capstone projects. We have many international students who need assistance with the organization of their papers and grammar/punctuation. If interested, please forward a resume and your rates to the email address below. We will contact you for an interview.
Please contact:
Zarin Shaghaghi
Academic Services Specialist, Office of Advanced Professional Education and Development
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, 0170-X
La Jolla, CA 92093-0170
Phone: 858-534-9159

Upcoming Events


grAdvantage Career Night
Monday, Jan. 23, 5-7pm | Career Center

Career Night speaker Amber Mace, PhD, Deputy Director of the California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program, will give a talk about how she built her post-ac career path as well as provide information about how graduate students can become policy fellows.

Gradvantage Career Nights expose graduate students to individuals who have transitioned to careers outside academia after receiving a graduate degree. Presentations by speakers from a variety of industries are followed by a networking social hour for local professionals and graduate students to mix and discuss career options over food and refreshments.


Beyond Academia: Beginning Your Career Exploration
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11am-12:30pm | Career Center

Are you considering a career outside academia, but you’re not sure where to start? Come to this workshop to learn about how to explore career paths that would be a good fit for you. Register on Port Triton.


Versatile PhD Virtual Panel: STEM PhDs in Conservation
Monday, Feb. 6 - Friday, Feb. 10 | https://versatilephd.com/

Versatile PhD will host a free AMA-style panel discussion featuring PhDs and ABDs in STEM disciplines who are working in conservation in a variety of settings. The panel will be archived on the Versatile PhD site for access after the event has ended. To sign up for a free Versatile PhD account and find out more about upcoming panel discussions, go to https://ga.ucsd.edu/vphd.


Questioning Career: Designing the Life You Want
Tuesdays, Feb. 14-Mar. 14, 2-3:30pm Dolores Huerta Room, Old Student Center

This popular five-session series empowers master's students, PhD students, and postdoctoral scholars to clarify their career path and create the life they want. With an experienced team of facilitators from the Career Center, Counseling & Psychological Services, the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs, and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, workshops include a variety of dynamic exercises and valuable assessment tools proven to increase confidence in making career choices congruent with one’s personality, values, and strengths. Participants are expected to commit to all five sessions throughout the quarter. There is a fee of $30 to cover a portion of the assessments and course materials. Register at https://qcgwinter2017.eventbrite.com.


Versatile PhD Virtual Panel: Humanities and Social Sciences PhDs in Think Tanks
Monday, Mar. 6 - Friday, Mar. 10 | https://versatilephd.com/

A panel of PhDs or ABDs in humanities and social science disciplines employed in think tanks will answer questions and provide advice about entering this career field. The panel will be archived on the Versatile PhD site for access after the event has ended. To sign up for a free Versatile PhD account and find out more about upcoming panel discussions, go to https://ga.ucsd.edu/vphd.


Preparing for the Non-Academic Interview
Tuesday, Mar. 7, 12-1:30pm | Career Center

Come learn about effective strategies for handling the interview, as well as pitfalls and how to overcome them. Part one of a two-part series. Register on Port Triton.


Master's and PhD Career Development WeekMonday, Mar. 27-Thursday, Mar. 30 | Career Center

Regardless of whether you have spent years preparing to go on the job market or are beginning to think about your career now, the Master's and PhD Career Development Week is designed for you! For details on events and to register, see our Career Development Week page.

Please see Port Triton and the grAdvantage calendar for information about additional upcoming academic and professional development events.

Professional Development Opportunities


Launchpad Professionalization Series
Rady School of Management

Develop an Outstanding Resume That Gets You Attention and an Interview
January 24 @ Rady School of Management - REGISTER HERE

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to Stand Out and Get Recruiters Calling
February 7 @ Rady School of Management - REGISTER HERE

Interview Confidently, Captivate Your Next Boss, and Land Your Dream Job
February 22 @ Rady School of Management - REGISTER HERE

Accelerate Your Success by Creating an Actionable Job Search Plan
March 7 @ Rady School of Management - REGISTER HERE

Find Employment In The US As an International Applicant
March 14 @ Rady School of Management - REGISTER HERE


Programs for Graduate Students at the Teaching + Learning Commons

The Teaching + Learning Commons offers many programs and resources for UC San Diego graduate students, including the Writing + Critical Expression Hub, where you can receive one-on-one writing tutoring as well as attend dissertation writing retreats, writing groups, and workshops on graduate-level writing topics. In addition, the Center for Engaged Teaching provides teaching support and pedagogical development programs. Make sure to check out the events links on both of these pages to see what's coming up!


STEM Education + Diversity Discussion Group

*Want to improve your teaching and mentoring skills?*
*Desire a better understanding of practices and policies that influence the training of scientists?*
*Interested in being part of a collaborative community with a passion for improving the way that students and scientists are educated and mentored?*

Join us for an hour every month for stimulating and thought-provoking discussions!  

We are the STEM Education + Diversity discussion group, with a common interest in science education, education policy, and mentoring.  We seek to improve our understanding of effective practices and brainstorm possible improvements for the future, functioning as a learning community by sharing resources and ideas in an environment that emphasizes constructive dialogue.  We often view these topics through the lens of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Past and present participants include Biology and Chemistry graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, Biology faculty, the UCSD Associate Dean of Education in Biology, members of the UCSD Center for Teaching Development, and former postdocs who are now independent faculty at liberal arts colleges and universities.

We invite any interested members of the UCSD/Salk/Burnham/Scripps/TSRI community to join us!  We meet once a month, on the first Wednesday of every month, from 10 am - 11 am, at the Women’s Center on the UCSD Campus (above Hi Thai).  Directions and parking information http://women.ucsd.edu/about/visit.html, or enter “Hi Thai UCSD” into google maps.
For more information about our group, or to share information that might interest our group, please contact Jennifer Hazen (jennifer.hazen@gmail.com). To be added to our mailing list, please contact Antonia Darragh  (adarragh@ucsd.edu)

Career Advice

Anatomy of a Job Ad, by Julia McAnallen

A detailed look at how to produce an effective resume and cover letter tailored to a specific job ad and why you should customize your application materials.

Career Advice Books for PhDs, by Natalie Lundsteen

What Am I Qualified to Do with a PhD?, by Christine Kelly

Ph.D.s Do Have Transferable Skills, by Elizabeth Keenan

How to Write a Teaching Statement That Sings (Chronicle Vitae)

Landing a Postdoc, If You Need One, by Terry McGlynn

Get Over the Guilt, by Michael Matrone

Feeling a little guilty because you haven’t gone to the Career Services Center for an appointment or workshop in, oh… forever? In this Inside Higher Ed article, career advisor and postdoctoral affairs officer Michael Matrone provides some tips for getting over the guilt and getting prepped for a Career Center visit.

Information Technology: The Accidental Career for PhDs, by Joshua B. Gross

Verbal Origami, by Joseph Barber (tips on writing a resume for a non-academic career)

Additional Resources


The Versatile PhD

UC San Diego GrAdvantage Program

UC San Diego Center for Humanities: Graduate Professionalization Series

Ask A Manager


The Professor Is In

Science Careers

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed



"So What Are You Going to Do with That?" Finding Careers Outside Academia, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job, by Karen Kelsky

Life After Grad School: Getting from A to B, by Jerald Jellison

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