The Hood College Graduate School, located in Frederick, Maryland, offers a Professional Development Institute (PDI) designed for graduate students who want to enhance their marketability, sharpen their soft skills and experience great networking and learning opportunities. Students in the five-Saturday program learn from industry and community leaders who bring their expertise to the seminar series. 

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    • Postdoc
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Writing
    • Professional networking
    • Job search
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    Services Offered
    • Career Counseling
    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Certificates
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Recruiting companies
    • Alumni
    University Collaborations
    • Career services/career center
    • Writing program or writing center
    • University libraries
    • Business faculty


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