Professional Development Certificate

March 18, 2013

COPFFN Fellows and Provost’s Fellows in the Libraries have the opportunity to pursue the Professional Development Certificate for
Preparing Future Faculty (PDC:PFF) or the Preparing Future Professionals (PDC:BGIA)The PFP project parallels our PFF project, but
places graduate students in internship sites offcampus.


The PDC:PFF is designed for graduate students who are interested in pursuing an academic career track in a postsecondary institution. Teaching is not a requirement for the PDC, rather participants complete an individually designed mentorship experience with a faculty mentor. Workshops attended may cover teaching issues or professional development.


Future professionals may complete the requirements for the Professional Development Certificate for Business, Government, Industry, and the Arts. Requirements include participation in workshops on teaching and on professional development, completion of an internship plan, participation in an on- or off-campus internship arranged by Graduate Student Career Programs in the Career Services office, a presentation that is observed and evaluated by the internship mentor, completion of a professional portfolio
and résumé, and an exit survey. Students who participate in these internships benefit from acquiring a network of individuals who can serve as  references for future positions, accomplishing tasks that can be added to their resumes, and developing skills in diverse areas. The specific requirements are listed on the back of this brochure.Internships may be paid or unpaid.

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