Welcome Korbel Graduate Students and Alumni!

The Josef Korbel School Office of Career and Professional Development envisions that graduates will develop the life-long skills needed to define and realize their career goals, gain practical experience, and will stay connected to the Josef Korbel School.

Korbel graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of fields including policy, security, human rights, development, global health, humanitarian assistance, and more in all sectors across the globe. Our professional career advisors specialize in these fields and are dedicated to supporting Korbel graduate students through every stage of their career development. We are lucky to also have the support of student staff for peer advising, event management and administration.

On this website you will find customized resources for every stage of your career and professional development! Additionally, you can explore opportunities through recordings of employer and alumni events and information sessions. Remember that you can schedule an individual advising session on PCO or contact the OCPD:

1005 Sie Complex |303.871.4490 | korbelcareers@du.edu
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

Please note: The OCPD has provided links throughout this site for informational purposes, and does not imply OCPD’s endorsement of all content maintained and updated on external sites.  Should you have any questions about specific content, please feel free to contact our office.
  • Resumes
  • S.T.A.R. Method
  • Cover Letters
  • Statement of Interest
  • Interviews
  • Networking
  • Negotiation & Benefits
  • Resumes should clearly reflect your skillset and experience while focusing on your future career goals. Each resume will eventually need to be tailored to fit a specific internship or job, and for this reason we do not recommend using a template. To get started with a general resume, check out our video library for the resume basics video. You can also find sample resumes and a list of suggested active verbs in our resources.
  • Whether you are writing resume bullets, cover letters, or preparing for an interview, it is critical to effectively communicate and demonstrate your strengths and accomplishments. Situation/Task, Action, Result provides a valuable outline to concisely communicate a story that shows, instead of just tells, employers about you. Watch the S.T.A.R. webinars available in our video library and start practicing the suggested tips.
  • A well-written and targeted cover letter is a critical part of your application. It should demonstrate how you are uniquely qualified for the position and organization for which you are applying. In our resources, you will find a writing checklist and sample cover letter. In our video library, you can view the entire webinar on crafting a memorable cover letter to help you land your dream position.
  • Personal statements are required for many government internships and job applications, including State Department internships. They demonstrate how your interests and skills make you qualified for the position, while highlighting your relevant future career plans. In our video library, you can view information sessions with State Department Diplomats in Residence and a statement-writing workshop.
  • We have resources available for both informational interviews and interviews for internships and jobs. An informational interview is defined as talking with people currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry, and to build a network of contacts in the field. Doing this is an important part of your career journey, and you need to be prepared to make a good impression! Check out our informational interviewing guide in our resources for sample emails on reaching out, questions to ask, and much more. We also have a webinar on informational interviews in our videos. Similarly, interviews are a critical part of the job and internship search process. Knowing the types of questions managers are likely to ask, and being confident in talking about your knowledge and skills can make a huge difference in getting the position you want. We have many interviewing resources and a webinar video here on this site. You can also schedule an appointment with an advisor for a mock interview.
  • More than 70% of jobs are found through networking. Increasingly, this means using tools like LinkedIn to connect with others in your field. The Korbel LinkedIn Group provides an opportunity for current students and alumni to network with each other and stay connected with the school. Linktank lists events, workshops, and jobs for students and professionals in the Washington DC area. Denver area networking groups include: Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Mile High Young Professionals, Net Impact, Posner Center for International Development, and Women in Sustainable Energy. Resources coming soon!
  • Congratulations on landing a job offer! Now it’s time to think critically about the offer, and where you might have room to negotiate with salary or benefits. In our resources, we have a negotiation checklist and some additional resources to help you understand your offer. We also have a webinar in our video library to help you understand a benefits package. We can also help you through this process in an individual meeting.

Whether you are looking for an internship or full-time employment, we have a resource for that!

An internship is a degree requirement for most students at Korbel because it provides an opportunity to apply classroom learning to the real-world, develop job search skills, and strengthen your professional network. Korbel students acquire competitive internships around the world and consistently report that the skills, knowledge and network gained from their internship is a critical factor in securing employment. We have many resources to help you find an internship, including detailed information and reviews on where students have interned in the past. We also have many internship specific resources, including tips on State Department internships and navigating the UN system (see below).

94% of Korbel alumni are employed or continuing their education in the field within 12 months of graduation. Check out the list in our resources to see the many jobs and organizations around the world where you can use your Korbel degree!

  • Fellowships
    Fellowships can be an incredible way to launch your career. Korbel students are very competitive for many fellowships including: Boren, Fulbright, Critical Language Scholarship, Global Health Corps, NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP), Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), Rosenthal, McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program, and many more! We host information sessions for many of these fellowships throughout the year, and the recordings from these can be found in the video library. Also check out our resources section for tips on applying for various fellowships. We look forward to working with you on your fellowship applications!
  • Work/Intern in U.S. Government including State Department
    More information coming soon!
  • UN/Multilaterals
    More information coming soon!
  • Still Exploring? Career Assessment Tools
    The Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA) puts out a career guide every year to provide information on typical career paths for graduates. This guide can be found in our resources. Our office hosts a number of employer events, workshops, and information sessions every quarter, all of which are a great way to start exploring which career paths are of most interest to you. Additionally, we administer several career assessment tools including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and StrengthsQuest to help you learn about your personality, strengths, and values, and how to incorporate this data into your career plan. Contact us for information about these assessments.