Welcome to PhD Career Services

PhD Career ServicesMSU PhDs are leaders and trailblazers in the US and abroad, pursuing careers in universities, government, nonprofit, industry, and K-12 education. PhD Career Services, together with the MSU Graduate School, provides multiple online resources, as well as workshops and advising, to support the many paths graduate students choose to pursue.

The primary web resources for career exploration and professional development are located on this website and in other sections of Career Success, including the PREP Matrix, the career planner and professional development model for graduate students.

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Career Support

Career SupportWhen you landed on this page, was your first instinct to look for job postings? While searching for jobs is part of the preparation for your future career, it is not everything. On this site you will find resources for many aspects of your professional development. Please take time to explore the variety of career paths open to PhDs and the ways that you can prepare yourself for a life and career that best match your own unique skills and interests. When you are ready to apply for a job, you will find focused job search support at The Graduate School and PhD Career Services through events, MySpartanCareer, the Career Success website, and one-on-one and group advising.

You can begin exploring the site through the following sections:

International Student Resources

As an international student, you will use many of the same strategies for career and professional development as domestic students. We highly recommend that you examine all sections of the PhD Career Services site and not just this section. On this page we list resources for aspects of your professional development that are different than those of domestic doctoral students; this includes where you can work, English language proficiency, and networking and professional culture in the US. For all questions related to visas and residency, please contact the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).

If you are not a native speaker of English and would like to improve your communications skills in English, check out these opportunities for networking and public speaking:

Networking resources for international students

Public speaking & outreach experience for international students

Where you can work

Resumes, cover letters, and interviewing


How We Can Help

The MSU Graduate School and PhD Career Services provide a range of workshops, panels, and institutes to meet your professional development needs. To see the current list of events, click here. All events organized by the Career Services Network at MSU are also open to graduate students and postdocs. There are a variety of workshops, panels, and webinars throughout the year. You can find the current list here.
Did you notice the twitter feed on the right-hand side of this page? We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get announcements, advice, and job postings from the PhD Career Services office. By following our twitter feed with the handle PhDCareersMSU and liking us at PhD Career Services on Facebook you will stay up to date on the latest opportunities and information on career and professional development from our office. You can also find us on YouTube as Michigan State University PhD Career Services for helpful tips from our office and other graduate offices.



Take a moment to listen to this radio interview where MSU's own Paul Artale and Dr. Julia McAnallen consider the question: "Why Should Employers Hire PhDs?"