Professional and Leadership Development

The benefits of professional and leadership development extend far beyond the academic realm. Graduates equipped with these skills become well-rounded professionals, sought after by employers and equipped to navigate the complexities of their chosen industries. Explore the various professional and leadership opportunities provided by Northeastern Seattle. 

What’s the point of Professional Development?

In today’s competitive and ever-evolving world, graduate students face the challenge of not only excelling academically but also preparing themselves for a dynamic professional landscape. To thrive in their chosen careers and make a meaningful impact, graduate students need more than just subject expertise. They require a comprehensive suite of skills, including effective leadership, strong communication, and strategic thinking.

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Graduate Leadership Institute

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Graduate Leadership Institute

Bridging Identity Literacy and Cultural Competency

 Explores the intersections of identity literacy and cultural competence.

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Funding for regional/local Professional Development

Professional Development Award

Funding for Professional Development

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NUFundMe is a professional development grant open to Seattle Campus students.

Current students in good standing can apply to receive funds to help cover the cost of attending a variety of professional and academic opportunities, including local conferences and networking events.

All students who win an award will be required to give back to the campus community through a reflection, panel, or info session event.

Please email if you have any questions.

The NUFundMe application is now open. Please click here to APPLY.


The Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI) is our premiere leadership experience designed exclusively for graduate students to network and build community across industries while enhancing their proficiency in the global leadership competencies necessary to catalyze their career advancement. GLI is currently our only program offered across the global network, involving students from the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver campuses!

GLI is a totally FREE program that is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Participants will attend 8 weekly 90-minute sessions, where you will have the opportunity to interact with other students and practice your leadership skills. APPLY HERE!

Topics covered in GLI include (varies by cohort):

  • Competencies for successful Global Leadership
  • Leveraging Strengths for Leadership
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Social Justice and Leadership

Submit your interest for the Seattle Campus 2023 in-person class. CLICK HERE

The Professional Development Award is designed to financially assist Northeastern University’s current Seattle Campus graduate students in attending co-curricular professional development such as academic conferences, workshops, etc.

Application period 

The application will open on May 1, 2023, and close on Friday, June 23rd, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Request process and timeline 

Requests must be submitted by the student directly through the online application. Students will receive an email with the award decision, in July. 


  • Completion of Professional Development online application
  • A statement of 550  characters (120 to 150 words)  summarizing your proposed professional development or training enrichment activities.
    • The statement should explain why this is a unique opportunity and how it will complement your degree or support your career goals.
  • A statement on how professional development will contribute to your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (of 550  characters (120 to 150 words).
  • Resume
  • Recommender (will be sent separate recommendation form)

All students who win an award will be required to give back to the campus community through a reflection, panel, or info session event.

Please email if you have any questions.

View the Application Page Here