Grad Students: Job Search Outside Academia

Tufts Masters and PhD grads are successful in careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The Career Center supports grad students as they prepare documents, search and apply for positions, interview and make decisions about options. Use the following resources to help you move forward.

Resumes and Cover Letters

In addition to the samples and tips below, visit the Career Center resume & cover letter page for info about formatting and customizing your documents, creating a list of references, and more.

Job Search Tips and Listings



  • Interstride: Access to both the domestic and international job market for students interested in global opportunities
  • Imagine PhD: Create a free account to access self-assessment tools, information for 16 job families in the humanities and social sciences, sample resumes and cover letters, and more
  • myIDP: Brought to you by Science Careers, this resource offers info on various scientific career paths, as well as self-assessment and goal-setting tools
  • Opportunities in Public Affairs: Job and internship opportunities in the DC area focused on government, public relations, advocacy, and media. Log in with username: TuftsCC and password: Jumbo


  • The Professor is In, The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job by Karen Kelsky, PH.D. (Three Rivers Press 2015)
  • So What are you Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia by Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius (University of Chicago Press 2015)
  • Next Gen PhD, A guide to Career Paths in Science by Melanie V. Sinche (Harvard University Press 2016)