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Professional Development

Graduate Professional Development

Regardless of what your career plans may be, your experience in graduate school should incorporate more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides resources and programs designed to enhance your graduate education experience. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in your future endeavors. Professional development is not just attending workshops; it happens while you pursue your degree. Begin today by exploring our resources below or visiting LSU's Continuing Education website


Graduate Professional Development



Handshake at LSU is an excellent resource available to all current students and alumni. Handshake tailors each users experience based on your preference. Visit the Olinde Career Center at to learn how to sign up to start browsing thousands of available jobs and internships today.

Check out Going Global for International job postings. personalizes career recommendations based on your interests and network, helping you discover new opportunities, companies, on-campus events— and build a meaningful career. 

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Trainings are offered regularly through the Faculty Technology Center, a part of LSU's ITS office. Frequent topics include Moodle, Qualtrics, TurningPoint, and other technologies that impact teaching and learning. Faculty Tech Center website

The Imagine Academy offers over 300 e-learning courses and opportunities for Information Technology industry certifications. GROK Article: Imagine Academy

LSU is now a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) network. CIRTL provides professional development, workshops, and graduate coursework that can lead to different certification levels. CIRTL Website

Several departments have graduate student conferences that provide opportunities for students to present their research alongside open calls for work from students at other universities. They frequently include world renowned keynote speakers. Many offer opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary presentations as well. Some examples of these conferences include:

  • LSU English Graduate Student Association’s Mardi Gras Conference
  • Department of French Studies Graduate Student Association Conference
  • History Graduate Student Association Conference
  • The LSU Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Student Conference
  • Department of Philosophy Graduate Student Conference 
  • The annual Comparative Literature Conference.