Professional Communication

The following communication resources are available to graduate students at Georgia tech. 

The Communications Center

The Communications Center offers trained professional tutors to help graduate students with the following: 

  • Written projects, including thesis and dissertations
  • Multimodal projects
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Poster designs
  • Grant proposals
  • Cover letters, resumes, and CVs

For whatever you are working on, the Communication Center helps you find the most effective way to communicate your message by making sure you are thinking critically and carefully about audience, tone, and medium, among other criteria. All services are free and confidential.

Graduate Communication Certificate 

The Graduate Communication Certificate Program is sponsored by Graduate Student Government Association and the Library, in collaboration with the Communication Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Career Discovery and Development. The goal of the program is to provide an avenue for graduate students to enhance their communication skills as they prepare for careers in industry, government, and academia. 

The program is comprised of two components — a series of core and elective workshops to help build communication proficiency, and a capstone experience. The core (required) workshops cover public speaking, the communication process, CVs and resumes, communication ethics, and visual rhetoric. The elective workshops include sessions on interviewing, the job talk, networking, writing grants, writing literature reviews, research skills, technical software for optimizing communication products, bibliographic management, media management and promotion, and more. The workshops help build written, oral, and visual communication competencies. The capstone experience then provides an opportunity to effectively apply these competencies and receive feedback from Tech communication specialists. 

Language Institute 

The mission of the Language Institute is to increase the English language proficiency and cultural understanding of our students to help them meet their academic, professional, and social needs. The Language Institute offers credit courses to help nonnative English-speaking graduate students improve their communication skills in English. These courses are a semester-long combination of in-class instruction and individual one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Short courses for spouses of international students are also offered.

Center for Teaching and Learning 

Many of the Center for Teaching and Learning's programs and services support graduate students in developing and improving their teaching skills, exploring career options, and navigating the academic job search. 

Building Your Network

Building your network is a critical skill that helps students explore career options and be more competitive when seeking jobs. To learn more about effective and appropriate methods for networking, click the link to view our resource for graduate students and/or attend relevant seminars offered by the Center for Career Discovery and Development.

Grant Proposal Development 

Workshops

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development offers a Proposal Development Workshop Series several times a year, including summer. Workshops are facilitated by Nancy Devino, Ph.D., a research development specialist whose career includes numerous funded grant proposals, service as a reviewer at federal agencies, and more than 10 years of experience leading grant writing workshops.

The workshop series includes the following sessions:

  • The Big Picture: Connecting Ideas to Opportunities
  • Proposal Review: Writing with the End in Mind
  • Guidelines to Outlines: Translating an RFP into a Proposal Narrative
  • Making Every Word Count: Grant Writing Versus Academic Writing  
  • Biosketches and Budgets: Human and Nonhuman Resources

Participants who attend all sessions in the series will understand the entire process of grant writing, from idea conception to the awarding of funds. Participants who are enrolled in the Georgia Tech Graduate Communication Certificate Program may also petition to count this workshop series as one of the electives in the certificate program.  

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities

  • Fellowships OfficeThe Fellowships Office helps students identify and apply for nationally competitive awards. These awards can provide funding assistance for undergraduate and graduate study in the United States and abroad.
  • Graduate Conference Fund. This fund is sponsored by the Graduate Student Government Association and is meant to provide financial assistance to graduate students who are traveling to a conference to present a paper or poster for research performed at Georgia Tech.  
  • Pivot. Georgia Tech has a subscription to this powerful database and search tool for finding funding opportunities. It will allow you to save searches that will email you the results monthly. Check here to see when the Georgia Tech Library is offering a workshop on using Pivot.