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Graduate Leadership Program

Career exploration is a journey. Broaden your horizons, while helping others broaden theirs.

Created in 2007, the Graduate Leadership Program gives talented graduate students the opportunity to explore dynamic positions in career services and educational administration. Each academic year, five to six graduate students from multiple disciplines receive specialized training in career coaching and vocational programming. Strengths-based and person-centered, the Graduate Leadership Program gives trainees the tools to enhance and apply their leadership skills in a variety of professional contexts. From tenure-track faculty, to clinical psychologists, to academic advisors, to entrepreneurs, GLP alumni are lifelong explorers and leaders around the world.  

Take your next big career step and help KU students take theirs.

Overview of positions:

University Career Center graduate students coach and counsel KU undergraduates in individual appointments and in group settings to address various career development needs. They acquire and share information about career planning concepts and resources, resume and cover letter development, and effective job and internship search tactics. UCC graduate students also develop effective methods for partnering with students to address their concerns regarding career paths and vocational direction. Several of the roles also include creating and implementing workshops to provide on-going training for Career Education staff and other campus constituencies. There are several variations of positions available including Graduate Assistant/Career Coach, Program Coordinator for Students with Disabilities, Practicum Intern for Counseling Psychology graduate students and Intern for Higher Education Administration graduate students.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Guide and empower students through the career exploration process
  • Facilitate career assessment interpretations in both one-on-one and group settings
  • Provide guidance on job/internship search strategies, resume and cover letter development, and interviewing techniques
  • Facilitate group exploration activities on various career development topics
  • Participate in UCC community and campus outreach events, such as tabling at New Student Orientation and at Hawk Week programs
  • Participate in weekly professional development seminars  


  • Enrollment in a KU graduate program
  • Demonstrated teaching, group facilitation, and/or presentation skills
  • Desire to learn more about career related topics
  • Experience with using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • (Recommended) Experience helping students form vocational, academic, and/or life plans

Training & supervision:

Training begins in early August with a week-long program designed to teach career coaching basics. Training continues throughout the year in weekly seminars with colleagues and through individual supervision meetings provided by full-time UCC staff. Graduate staff are well-equipped with training materials, and they also shadow experienced career coaches before seeing clients. Additionally, there is an opportunity to enroll in PRE 846: Career Development to further hone career counseling skills.

Skills gained during position:

  • Rapport and relationship building
  • Coaching and advising
  • Public speaking
  • Small group counseling facilitation
  • Case conceptualization
  • Project management
  • Campus and community collaboration

To apply:

Check out employment.ku.edu to search for open positions at the University Career Center. In your application materials, please address how your education and experience fit the qualifications for the specific position to which you are applying. For additional information regarding the Graduate Leadership Program, email Wendy Shoemaker, Senior Associate Director. Students participating in the Higher Education Graduate Assistantship program are encouraged to contact Lindsay Orion, Student Affairs Education Program Coordinator, before applying. 

Former UCC Graduate Staff

University Career Center
6th in the nation for its social media presence in 2013 —JobBrander.com
Winner of the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award in Research —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2009 National Chevron Award winner for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2010 National Chevron Award finalist for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
Professional Clothing Closet won Service Program of the Year —2011-12 Jayhawk Choice Awards
More than 500 students enroll in career classes annually
Each year more than 7,500 jobs and 1,400 internships are posted in KU Career Connections
University Career Center hosts eight career fairs each year
More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
More than 10,000 students attended University Career Center workshops in 2012-13