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Career and Professional Development exists to serve Virginia Tech students and new graduates. We collaborate with faculty and staff toward our shared goal of supporting Virginia Tech students in their process of career exploration and professional development. We work with students from first year undergraduate, through graduate level.

Professional development and recognition for Virginia Tech faculty and staff

These programs are for the purpose of supporting faculty and staff in your work helping Virginia Tech students.

Student advising

Referring individual Virginia Tech students or classes of Virginia Tech students to advising appointments, student preparation for resume reviews.

Presentations and classes

Refer Virginia Tech students to attend workshops and employer information sessions. You can request a presentation for your class of Virginia Tech students.


How Virginia Tech students, alumni, employers, and Virginia Tech advisors, faculty and staff can use Handshake.

image of cover of 2021-2022 career planning guide

Career planning guide

New format and traditional online booklet: sample resumes, cover letters, worksheets, and more.

Internships / experience

Experience programs / resources include: Maintaining student status during internships not for academic credit; paid part-time internships at Virginia Tech through Campus internEXP.

What new grads do

From a month prior to six months after commencement, new grads completing undergraduate degrees should complete (and update) their first destination survey. Remind your grads to complete the survey.

Advising for students considering professional school

Advising for students in colleges and departments

Writing reference letters

The National Association of Colleges and Employers [NACE] provides guides for faculty for writing reference letters.

Referring students to CPD

  • Career and Professional Development (CPD) provides career-related advising to Virginia Tech students. We can steer each student toward resources that will best fit each individual's needs. See advising for information on scheduling.
  • Students who seek our advising services for reviews of resumes, cover letters, reference lists, or other documents, whether of their own initiative or because of a class assignment, are strongly advised to prepare using the materials developed for them prior to visiting our office.
  • They may read and use:
  • Preparation is truly beneficial because resume reviews are to help individual students fine-tune their resumes. We can best serve students who have prepared with basic information, so that our conversation can focus on their individual situations and career interests.

Thank you for your interest in supporting your students' career development. If you wish to refer a group of students for individual advising, with a deadline you have set, please call us well in advance, so we can discuss timing, our resources and staffing to meet the number of students, and preparation on the part of your students. Advising is by appointment.

Whom to call:

Contacts in Career and Professional Development for faculty and staff