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Professional Development for Students

Student at Appalachian State University have a unique opportunity to develop transferable skills and connect academic learning with real-world application. Our goal is to provide students with the tools to not only excel in during their time at App State, but also to lay the foundation for a successful career post-graduation. Through our professional development initiatives, students can make the most of their college experience and become career ready. Explore these opportunities and ask us how you can get started today.


AppGROWS (Guided Reflection on Work+Service) is focused on making student employment a “high-impact activity” – one that requires students to reflect on their learning and connect their learning within and beyond the classroom. With just 4 important questions, supervisors can have brief, structured conversations with their student employees to help them connect the skills and knowledge they are gaining in the classroom with the work they are doing, and vice versa.

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Career readiness competencies

At App State, we offer students valuable employment opportunities to gain career readiness skills that extend beyond their time as a student. Each student employee position is thoughtfully crafted to incorporate specific career readiness competencies, recognized as a standard for excellence in student employment. These competencies provide a common language and expectation, ensuring that every on-campus job aligns with our goal of preparing students with the foundational skills necessary for career success.

Global Career Accelerator

App State is proud to offer The Global Career Accelerator to all our career-minded students. This program was designed to be accessible to any major and take advantage of your free electives. This innovative online global experiential program provides students of diverse backgrounds with the incredible opportunity to acquire global competencies and valuable work experience, all in an accessible and flexible format. Participants will engage in collaborative projects alongside peers hailing from 50+ countries, working on assignments from prestigious companies such as SpaceX and the Grammys.