Current Students - Graduates

Thriving in Graduate School

The Social Science Graduate Diversity Office can assist current graduate students in a variety of ways to ensure you continue to thrive. Contact the office directly to inquire about these specific programs.

The Versatile PhD

"The Versatile PhD" is a resource for Berkeley’s graduate students and Ph.D. holders, giving our community of students and alumni valuable guidance about career options beyond academia. While the focus is on careers for those in the humanities and social sciences, graduate students in all disciplines can benefit.

Private/Government Sector Resources

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. The institute sponsors research and conferences and publishes books, monographs, and periodicals. 

Professional Memberships

Join an Organization

Graduate students are encouraged to join professional organizations early in their graduate career.

For example, the Modern Language Association (MLA) offers a discounted membership price for graduate students. Job interviews are often conducted at their annual meetings.

Many other organizations offer similar benefits and opportunities to network and advance your career. Speak to your faculty adviser about professional associations you may wish to join.

Summer Fellows Program

The Summer Fellows Program is a summer bridge program for entering graduate students. Students are provided with summer support that enables them to enter research early or prepare for preliminary exams over the summer.  Fellows attend weekly luncheon seminars, with summer topics geared for incoming students.

The BSN-BSC Mentorship Program

The BSN-BSC Mentorship Program is designed to support underrepresented minority graduate students in the physical and engineering sciences. In this program, experienced graduate students will be matched in a mentoring relationship with first- and second-year graduate students in a similar field of study. Mentors will develop leadership, communication and mentorship skills, while offering guidance and support to students who are facing particularly challenging periods of graduate school, such as the initial transition, first-year courses, and preliminary and qualifying exams.