Career Center


A weekday during the academic year without a Career Center event is unusual.  The listings below highlight the signature events the Career Center hosts or co-hosts throughout the year.

Visit the Career Center calendar to see all events and plan ahead.

A Night With Industry

Attend these industry-specific networking events to explore career options and actively engage with targeted employers. This series will feature a variety of industries throughout the year, designed to connect you with professionals in the field.

Thursday, November 13, 2014     
6:00 - 9:00 PM    Gross Hall 107
Join employers from the biotechnology industry and your peers  for a panel discussion followed by casual networking.
[Registration required]

Academic Job Search Series


The Academic Career Prep Series is a collaboration between the Duke Career Center, Duke Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services to help prepare and expose Ph.D. students and Postdocs to the preparation procedures, writing requirements, interviewing skills and overall professional development needed for those interested in a career in academia.

Click here for more information about the Fall 2013 Academic Job Search Series

Career Fairs

Organizations who are looking to hire for internships and full-time opportunities attend career fairs to meet Duke students face-to-face. These fairs can be a great way to find the experience or career opportunity you're looking for. We recommend you take a look at the On-Campus Recruiting Guide for some helpful career fair preparation information.

Looking for career fair information and registration FOR EMPLOYERS?

Student & Employer Diversity Symposium

The Student & Employer Diversity Symposium is designed to connect you with company representatives seeking to increase the diversity of their organizations.  Students and employers will engage in a two part event.  First, you will hear from a panel of diverse student leaders followed by employer questions. Then you will have the opportunity to mingle with company representatives in a casual setting with light refreshments.

Diversity Networking Dinner

The Diversity Networking Dinner is designed to connect Duke undergraduate students to employers seeking to further diversify their organizations. It is run by members of the Career Ambassador Team, a group of students who work closely with the Career Center throughout the year.

Organizations attending are actively recruiting for internships, full-time opportunities and fellowships.  This is a sit-down dinner followed by a dessert reception with employers sponsoring this event. The event dress is business attire.  Students sign up to sit at the table with any of the employers sponsoring the event. Open to undergraduate students only.

Duke Arts Festival and DEMAN Weekend

Join the Career Center and the Duke Alumni Association for DEMAN (Duke Entertainment Media and the Arts Network) Weekend each fall. It's your opportunity to meet, network and connect with Duke Alumni who have established careers in the arts.


Employer Information Sessions

Employer information sessions are held at campus locations in the late afternoon or early evening. They offer you the opportunity to get beyond website and talk to employer representatives and alumni/ae employees. Presenters are eager to provide details about the hiring needs of their corporations, organizations or agencies.

Fannie Mitchell Expert-In-Residence

The Fannie Mitchell Expert-in-Residence series features accomplished professionals who come to Duke to share specialized knowledge and provide individual career advice to students. The program’s purpose is to stimulate new ideas and provide advising for students who are searching for career directions. Expert-in-Residence encourages collaboration by providing opportunities for Duke faculty and students to recommend an expert whom they would like to bring to campus.

This program is inspired by the work of Fannie Mitchell, Duke’s first placement director. Money contributed by a grateful alumnus in her name partially funds the program. During her time at Duke, Fannie thrived on helping students explore and navigate the path to fulfilling careers. In this spirit, the Expert-in-Residence program seeks to bring new knowledge and career perspectives to Duke.

Typically, the Expert-in-Residence program consists of a two-day visit to campus where the visiting expert will give a presentation about his or her career and meet individually with students who are interested in learning more about the field. Through this program, many students make contacts and gain advice to help launch their careers.  The structure of the visit may be customized to meet the individual needs of the visitor. 

If someone you know, would be an excellent addition to the Fannie Mitchell Expert-in-Resident Program, please contact:

Teri Mills
Associate Director, Counseling and Programs
Duke University Career Center

View Past Participant Biographies


Are you curious about the REAL scoop on intenships?
Ever wonder what former Duke students really thought about their experiences?
Are you interested in learning about internship opportunities from students who have actually completed them?

The Career Center presents

Student to Student Intern Networking Social

Thursday, Jan. 30
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Launch Career Development Series

Offered exclusively to Sophomores in the fall and First-Years in the Spring, LAUNCH focuses on exploration of personal and professional strengths, values, plans, and opportunities. You will come out of this experience with a better understanding of who you are, what skills you bring to the table, how to make the most of your time at Duke, and how to take advantage of resources and tools to help you succeed.

Each hour will involve activities, reflections, discussions, and real-world applications for the things you learn. Students who participate in all 5 sessions will receive a Career Development Certificate, acknowledging the dedication, curiosity, and purpose with which you are approaching your future. This is not a resume-writing course but a chance to really discover who you are and how to confidently approach your professional journey.

Sophomores can apply for the Fall 2014 LAUNCH Career Development Series by Friday, October 3 at 11:59 PM. LAUNCH will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 PM from October 21st through November 18th in LSRC D106.  

Application for Fall 2014


MetroLink is an off-campus recruiting program that provides juniors and seniors from Duke University the opportunity to interview with employers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Industries focus on public policy, think-tanks, nonprofit and media organizations. Students apply in advance, and selected students travel to D.C. to interview. There is no charge to students for the event, however students must provide their own transportation and lodging.

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Mock Interview Days

If your interview skills could use some brushing up as you head towards applying for internships, part-time positions, full-time jobs, and/or campus leadership roles, get some practice and honest feedback. The Duke Career Center offers Mock Interview Days in the Fall and Spring, either hosted by trained members of the Career Ambassador Team (CATs) or local employers.

Senior Kickoff

Seniors, jumpstart your year if you are searching for a job, fellowship or planning for graduate school, this event is for you.

Topics covered will include:

  • Finding YOUR Career Fit presented by Career Center Director William Wright-Swadel
  • An Employer Panel: Tips for Success in the Recruiting Process
  • Fellowships, Gap Years & Short Term Opportunities
  • Resumes that Work for You

Skills Workshops

The Career Center provides a range of workshops throughout the year that help you to learn the skills strategies necessary to be effective in your search process. Check our events calendar to find out when these workshops are offered.