Career and Professional Development


The Career and Professional Development Office supports and empowers students and alumni to discover, navigate and achieve their career and professional goals through hands-on advising and tailored resources, programs and events. We seek to engage with you individually to explore your interests, abilities and passions, equip you with the skills and tools needed to achieve career success, and develop the confidence to pursue your goals.  From navigating your career interests to building your resume, searching for internships to preparing for a final job interview, we are here to help you every step of the way. 

Contact Us

Phone: (540) 458-8595
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Office Location: Elrod Commons 301, Lexington, VA 24450
Mailing Address: Elrod Commons 301, 204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450
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Washington and Lee University is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN).



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Career Exploration

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Finding a career is an ongoing process that starts the first day you come to campus. Whether you are an undecided about your career path, seeking academic advice, or looking for your first job or internship, we can help. To schedule an appointment or get started, call (540) 458 - 8595, stop by our office on the 3rd floor of the Commons, or log on to Handshake.

Jobs and Internships

Career Development is here to help you, whether you are a first-year or a senior and whether you are searching for an internship, externship, research position, volunteer experience, summer job, or full-time work. Using a combination of databases, networking, and the assistance of the Career and Professional Development office, you should land an exciting position.

If you don't know where to begin, make an appointment with a career advisor to get started!

Graduate School

Considering Post-Graduate Education

Graduate school is a big decision. Be sure that it is the right decision for you.  In collaboration with your faculty advisor, put together a recommended timeline, research programs and financial aid, and gather your application materials. Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor to get started.

19.5% of the Class of 2018 enrolled in graduate programs in Fall 2018

Applications take careful preparation and it can be overwhelming to start. In our office, we seek out the latest resources, tips, examples and industry standards for you to use.

Application Resources

Our office has resources to help you draft your resume, CV, and cover letter as well how to ace your interview. Log in to Handshake to make an appointment with a Career Counselor to get started and find helpful handouts in the resource library.

Student Outcomes

The class of 2018 is currently involved with over 300 unique companies and graduate schools. These students find themselves working and studying around the United States and internationally at some of the most prestigious firms and universities. Click on our Annual Report to see this year's highlights, program initiatives, graduate school attendance, and where our graduates are currently employed.

2018-2019 Annual Report

93%of the Class of 2019 employed or attending graduate school

10,765job and internship postings during 2018-2019


Starting college can be an exciting and challenging experience for your child - and you! This is even more true when it comes to career development. You may have questions about how you can help your student along his or her career development journey from day one. We encourage parental support and offer transition tips and conversation starters.  If you have any questions relating to our services and how we can help your student, please do not hesitate to contact Career and Professional Development at or (540) 458 - 8595.

Alumni Career Resources

Welcome alumni! Your connection to our office didn't end with graduation. The W&L Career and Professional Development Office can help you navigate your career path through your first job transition and beyond. Explore our alumni career resources below, or contact us at to connect with a Career Advisor.

Contact Us

Phone: (540) 458-8595
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Office Location: Elrod Commons 301, Lexington, VA 24450
Mailing Address: Elrod Commons 301, 204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450


Career and Professional Development offers many ways for employers to engage with Washington and Lee students. Take a moment to get acquainted with our University and the recruiting resources that are available to you.  If you have questions or would like to connect with our office, please contact us at or (540) 458 - 8595

Please note: By recruiting Washington and Lee University students on campus or through Handshake, you are agreeing to abide by the University Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment policy.