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Who We Are: 

The Duke University Career Center contributes to this community of learning by engaging students and alumni in an ongoing examination and pursuit of what is meaningful and valuable in their lives. The Career Center provides opportunities for individuals to explore the intersection of their education, values, goals, skills and experiences in order to identify and realize their aspirations. Read more.

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Jul 03, 2014

My first internship was incredible. It didn’t start out that way, but I was able to turn it around. Here’s the thing. I like structure…okay…I love structure. My first internship? Zero structure. I was interning at a small documentary production company in New York City, working with an award winning filmmaker – she was a genius, and needed assistance, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with me. So the first couple of weeks I did a lot of grunt work. Getting coffee, organizing computer files, answering an email now and then…it was a snooze-fest, and I was getting frustrated because I didn’t feel like I was learning anything. I also worried that I was frustrating my supervisor because I wasn’t meeting her needs. It was total intern ambiguity, and I didn’t like it at all. But, like I said, I was able to turn it around – here’s how I did it.

Jun 25, 2014

CHALLENGE: Lack of understanding the U.S. job search.

I see it over and over again. Students from across the globe begin their U.S. college experience thinking that the job-search process will be just like it is in their home country. Most of the time that process is something like: make great grades, study hard for the final test, and the higher your test score (and grades), the better job you get. And the employers will come to you! It is all about grades, and working toward being top of your class. There is little to no focus on networking or getting hands-on experience (though many of my Chinese students acquire a one month “internship,” which is more like an observational externship experience). Many international students have no idea about the U.S. job search, and that it is focused more on professional experience and relationships than grades.

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