Career Development at the Kroc School

Skills and Knowledge to Turn Changemaking Into a Career

Kroc students practice peacebuilding in Bogotá, Colombia.

Your path to being a Changemaker will take you both inside and outside of the classroom. At the Kroc School, students have access to the resources needed to propel their careers while shaping a better world. Whether consulting with innovative companies, mediating between community groups, or developing an advocacy campaign, Kroc students can build their career through:

  • Career planning guides
  • Workshops
  • Social impact fairs
  • Networking events
  • One-on-one advising
  • Organizational information sessions and site visits

Career Advising

What does a career in shaping a better world look like? What are the essential skills? How do you create change and have a career? Kroc students are surrounded by faculty, staff and alumni willing to connect and discuss career questions.

Kroc Connect Workshops

These condensed workshops create space for students to envision their career, strengthen their professional networks and develop strategies to achieve their professional goals. Past Studios have covered personal branding, grant writing and strategic career planning.

Kroc Alumni Network

Kroc School graduates are impacting communities, governments, and populations around the world.  Kroc students can connect to this rich network of professionals through on-campus events, mentoring and digital platforms.  Visit the Kroc School Career Outcomes page and Alumni page to learn more. 
Kait Dugan ‘18 (MA) in Bogota, Colombia working with Colombian National Police Peacebuilding Unit. 

Student Opportunity Grants

Each semester, Kroc students can take charge of their career development by applying for the Student Opportunity Grant (SOG). The SOG is competitive funding used to explore career development opportunities outside of the Kroc School, like attending United Nations conferences, presenting research, or completing a project with a transnational organization. Learn more about Student Opportunity Grants.


Career Development Center

USD’s Career Development Center offers resources for graduate students, like support with résumés and cover letters, with digital resources available on the Center's website. USD alumni get lifetime career support from the Career Development Center. 

Professional Networking Opportunities

As the global hub for peacebuilding and social innovation, the Kroc School hosts diverse activities for students. Below are just a handful of organizations and opportunities that students use to strengthen their Changemaker network.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, PhD, an assistant professor at the Kroc School, speaks at the inaugural 2018 Peace Innovators.