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Employer-led Professional Development Institute

The Employer-led Professional Development Institute (EPDI) is a 5-week program designed for students from all disciplines who are interested in sharpening their professional skills. The program offers students intensive, one-hour workshops led by local and regional employers from corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Participating students will receive firsthand knowledge from employers about what they look for in their new hires.

The fall 2020 cohort begins on October 16, 2020 and all sessions will be virtual. Each semester is limited to a cohort of 250 students.

Student participants that attend at least eight (8) professional development sessions from the menu of options will receive a $200 service award at the semester's end. Students in the program will have the opportunity to earn an additional $100 award by participating in four (4) bonus engagement activities. These engagement activities are designed to push students outside of their comfort zone in order to grow their professional network, hone their interview skills, and be better positioned for their career path of choice.

EPDI provides students with:

  • Hands-on experience to help their career exploration and gain competitive credentials
  • A menu of professional development activities to choose from
  • Meaningful interaction with employers in specific fields
  • Opportunities to network with other students in the cohort
  • Engagement activities to develop mentoring relationships with UTEP faculty
  • Intellectually and fulfilling career related experiences
  • Professional development activities to frame and map career pathways
  • Skills to articulate professional and academic experience.

Program Requirements

Mandatory Requirements: Virtual Professional Development Sessions

Student participants that complete the mandatory requirements will receive the $200 service award.

  • Register for and attend one kickoff session
  • Register for eight (8) virtual professional development sessions from the available menu of options below. All sessions are 60 minutes in length and students must be present for the entire duration of each session.
  • Complete a survey after each session

Optional: Bonus Activities
Student participants that complete the optional bonus activities will receive an additional $100 service award. The additional award is only available to students who have completed the eight (8) required sessions.
  • Participate in four (4) bonus engagement activities.

Virtual Professional Development Sessions Bonus Activities
October 19: Stand Out with Your Digital Presentations Record and Playback a Practice Job Interview at the UTEP Career Center
October 22: Building Your Resume Beyond a GPA Get Your Resume Reviewed at the UTEP Career Center
October 23: Branding Yourself Discuss Your Career Plans with a Faculty Member Over Virtual Office Hours
October 26: Rock Your Digital Job Interview Update Your JobMine Account
October 29: Map Your Career Participate in a Community Service Activity
October 30: Dress for Success for Virtual or Face-to-Face Interviews Update or Create Your LinkedIn Account at the UTEP Career Center
November 2: Service Around the World Earn a LinkedIn Learning Certification
November 4: Career Opportunities in Non-Profits
November 5: Email and Chat Room Etiquette
November 6: Pitching a Project Proposal
November 11: Networking and Mentorship
November 12: You Received a Job Offer - Now What?
November 13: Dress for Success for Virtual or Face-to-Face Job Interviews
November 18: Exploring Career Opportunities in Local Government
November 19: Exploring Career Opportunities in Federal Government

To sign up for the fall 2020 Employer-led Professional Development Institute, click here and enroll in one of the kickoff sessions. Students who sign up for and attend a kickoff session are automatically enrolled into the fall cohort. Two kickoff sessions will be available on Friday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students interested in the program need only to attend one kickoff session.

Signup for the Fall 2020 Cohort


The program is limited to a cohort of 250 students each semester; acceptance into the program is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.



For additional questions, please contact:

EPDI Coordinator