Career Center

Undergraduate Students

We invite you to use all of the Career Center resources in your work to identify and make sense of all the choices that interest you as you consider your career path. Use these resources to take control of defining and developing a variety of options now and into the future.

Have a Conversation

Counseling for Undergraduates
Career counseling is an ongoing service available to all Duke undergraduate students. Meetings are scheduled in advance, thirty minutes long, and many students benefit from a series of conversations occurring over time. Each undergraduate counselor develops expertise within a specific industry "portfolio" but we each learn about all careers. You are invited to meet with any of us, but encouraged to find someone you'll continue with throughout your time as a student.
Connect to Career Counseling

Drop-In Advising
Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, 2nd floor
Every day that fall and spring classes are in session
Monday - Friday 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Look for additional Drop-In Advising on East and West Campus on our Event Calendar.

First-Year Fridays are located upstairs at the Marketplace and offers convenience to first-year students.

Career Center Drop-Ins on West Campus rotate through a variety of student life offices to offer added convenience to many of Duke's student communities.

Attend a Workshop

Event Calendar: Follow our calendar feed for specific dates and times.

Career Fair Prep
This workshop will help you identify your reasons for attending a Career Fair and help you develop strategies to utilize your time while at a Career Fair.

Cover Letter Writing Workshop
While a resume is a summary of your qualifications, the cover letter is your sales pitch to the employer. Join a Career Center counselor at this workshop to learn the basics for writing an effective cover letter.

Learn and Explore

Choosing a Major
Like many decisions you’ve made before (coming to Duke, for example!), choosing a major can be a defining moment. We are happy to help you consider how your major and potential career opportunities intersect in a counseling appointment. We have also shared some advice and questions that can help you to imagine possibilities or narrow your options.
Choosing a Major Guide

Learning About Careers
We imagine that you haven't yet had reason to learn about the possible careers in the world- you've been busy being a student! The possibilities are endless and growing every day, many of you will have a role in your lifetime that has yet to be invented.  Use this information to begin learning about careers.
Career Research Guide
Informational Interviewing Guide
Career Center Industry Guides

Learning About Myself
Self inquiry is a thoughtful process of discovering yourself through reflection on past experiences and acknowledging patterns in your values, interests, skills, and personality. This process is the foundation that informs your overall direction and is critical in order to make decisions about your future. Use this information to get some guidance and exercises about connecting your strengths to careers.
Self-Inquiry Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Event:
Launch is a series of six sessions created specifically for small groups of first-year and sophomore students to learn about themselves and explore career possibilities.
LAUNCH: Career Development Series

Internships

Think of internships as a broad set of experiences that may complement your on- and off-campus activities and coursework or help you bridge gaps in your exploration, learning, and development. Internships are most often explicitly pre-professional in nature and are one of many
tools you can use to gain self-insight, knowledge, and skills.
Career Center Internship Guide

Jobs on Campus

FINDING ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT:

Many students work during their time at Duke, holding jobs in a wide range of locations and environments. Finding campus employment is an important part of your professional development as you prepare to launch your career—you will likely engage in the same processes you’ll use for finding internships and post-graduate jobs, e.g. creating job search strategies, preparing professional application documents, interviewing, developing skills and attributes that contribute to strong job performance, etc.

Information on work-study funding for both undergraduate and graduate students is available from the Duke Financial Aid Office. Refer to the Work Study webpages for information specific to this type of financial aid. The job search process is the same for both work study and non-work study positions.

Use the following resources to assist and guide you in the process:

Short-Term Opportunities After Graduation

Duke students often choose a post-graduation opportunity that has a scheduled end date or is intended to conclude after a single year or a few. You could be thinking about a “gap year” before graduate school, applying to fellowships, seeking an adventure before your next move, craving a structured opportunity in the corporate sector, or any number of different paths. Here is some information to get you started.

Resume

It is tempting to jump to the resume as the first step when kicking off your job or internship search process. However, the resume is a culminating effort, not a first step. It serves as a professional introduction that links accomplishments from prior experiences to a specific opportunity. A successful resume will pique enough confidence and curiosity about you to secure an interview.

Cover Letter

The cover letter is your opportunity write with a specific reader in mind and communicate highlights and patterns you have presented in your resume. You will write a unique and well-researched letter for every opportunity to which you apply. This is your chance to present a compelling case, with evidence, that you have unique skills and perspectives that give you the ability to thrive in a specific role.

Networking

Intentional, sustained, and effective networking is the most powerful tool available when searching for interesting internships, jobs, and other experiences. It will significantly augment other methods for learning about and pursuing career opportunities.

Interviewing

A sharp resume and persuasive cover letter will get you an interview, and you need excellent interviewing skills to close the deal and land your desired position. All too often, job and internship seekers invest large amounts of time to write their application documents but give short shrift to interview preparation. Learn about interviewing and prepare, prepare, prepare in order to be a stand-out candidate.