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Professional Development Institute


The Hood College Graduate School, located in Frederick, Maryland, offers a Professional Development Institute (PDI) designed for graduate students and alumni who want to enhance their marketability, sharpen their life and work skills, and experience great networking and learning opportunities. Students in the Saturday program learn from industry and community leaders who bring their expertise to the seminar series. 

Focus on workplace skills

PDI activities are designed to equip participants with critical life skills and other essential attributes that will help them stand out in the crowd and are in high demand in today’s job market. Modules cover the following topics, all geared toward enhancing students' academic achievements for the workplace: 

  • Networking and community awareness
  • Mentoring
  • Collaboration and effective team leadership
  • Community awareness
  • Current workforce trends
  • Résumé and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing
  • Self promotion

Eligibility and application

Students from any graduate program who have completed at least one semester with a 3.0 or higher GPA may apply. Admission is by application and is limited to 25 participants each semester. Approved grad students will have a $100 fee charged to their Hood account to cover program expenses.The fee for alumni is $250, which is payable on the first day of the seminar. Students should apply only if they can commit to attending all sessions; those who attend four Saturdays in the series will be awarded a PDI Certificate of Completion that they can list on their résumés.

The seminar series is typically offered once each fall and spring semester. The Spring session will begin Saturday, Jan. 23 and conclude on Saturday Feb. 13.  The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2015. The application period is open for the next PDI series, you may complete the application here. For more information email