A HANDS-ON EDUCATION FOR
The more than 4,500 GSPM alumni around the globe are leaders and change-agents in the worlds of government, politics, public relations, and public affairs. We helped them take their careers to the next level.
GSPM's Career Services division has the resources, strategies, and connections you need to get ahead in the job you want.
We host workshops, seminars, and training programs focused on skill-building and career advancement. Our “Meet and Greet” sessions take students to visit potential employers and talk with our alumni who provide an insider’s look– and invaluable introductions – to top-tier firms in politics, communications, and advocacy. We also are the first graduate school in the industry to offer a weekly "career club", exclusively for GSPM students, conducted by our Career Services Director, Mag Gottlieb.
GSPM offers personalized career counseling sessions providing tailored guidance on relevant career topics such as professional goal setting, résumé and cover letter development, interview skills, and general job search strategies. We then work with students to focus their academic program, aligning course electives with career goals.
"I have hired many GSPM alumni and I will continue to do so. What makes GSPM students stand out is that they have a clear understanding of the principles of politics and know how to put them into action. If I see someone that has GSPM on their resume I’m definitely going to talk to them."
Political Management, Class of 2010
Chief of Staff, U.S. Sen. David Perdue
"I worked with an alum on a campaign where I really got my feet wet with politics, but I knew I wanted to pursue political communications. She mentioned that GW really jump-started her career, and said it could do the same for me. A year later, I can certainly say that GW has helped me to build a network in DC, and it led to my current job."
Strategic Public Relations, Class of 2018
Resources for Current and Prospective Students
GSPM has a variety of resources available for current and prospective students looking to advance their careers!
Our Career e-Book has advice on how to look for jobs, as well as advice on maximizing networking events and informational interviews.
GW Handshake connects GSPM students with top employers, career fairs, and events.
The Career Services Office has also developed a Career Development Plan template to help guide your efforts.
One of the most important tools for finding new jobs is LinkedIn. The Office has developed a comprehensive guide to help you with your job search.
The Career Guides page offers suggestions and strategies for students navigating the job search process.
The Congressional Research Service published a report detailing resources for students searching for internships, fellowships, and other work opportunities in the federal government.
Meet the Director of Career Services
Margaret “Mag” Gottlieb is the Career Services Director at the Graduate School of Political Management. She brings a great combination of career and political skills to the school.
Prior to joining GSPM, Mag served as the Managing Director of Foster Partners, a KPMG spin-off retained executive search firm. At Foster Partners, Mag handled business development and conducted executive searches for a wide array of clients in and around Washington, DC. She was the first woman to head a retained executive search firm in Washington, DC.
Mag is the top resource for students and alumni to provide advice on career matters and develops the school's professional relations with employers including career visits to leading agencies and consulting firms in Washington. If you are a current student or alumna/us and would like to meet with Mag, please email [email protected] to schedule an appointment.