First-Year Career Update -February 2017


Contributed by Christina Plante
Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
Lead on First-Year, Sophomore Initiative

Feature    |    Investigate Options    |    Career Events  
Experiential Opportunities    |    Employer Corner



How do I build my Board of Directors?

As you learn and build your own career path, meeting new people and “enlisting” them to your personal Board of Directors is a key strategy for success. Think about the many people who have had or could have a positive influence in your life. Consider whom you might want to strategically seek out to add to your board, in addition to staying in touch with those you already know. Every person you encounter over time gets to see a different piece of you at your best and possibly at your worst and can be called upon for insights into significant aspects of who you have been and who you are becoming. You are the chair, build and use your Board of Directors to learn about yourself and to imagine and discover your possibilities. [Read more]



>>Investigate Options

Information Sessions
Explore companies of interest and start to build relationships with visiting representatives. Employers frequently work with the Career Center to set up information sessions to help you understand what they are looking for in their candidates, the hiring process, and what their company is all about. See all of the upcoming information sessions on CareerConnections.

Fannie Mitchell Expert-in-Residence Program
Gain information and inspiration from Duke alumni and other experts. This series features accomplished professionals who come to Duke to share specialized knowledge and provide individual career advice to students. This program purpose is to stimulate new ideas and provide advising for students who are searching for career directions. Check out this Expert in Residence and keep up with others coming to Duke.

EPA College Day
Thursday, February 2, 2017  10am-3pm, U.S. EPA in Research Triangle Park
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Research Triangle Park is excited to be hosting local colleges and universities for EPA College Day from 10am-3pm with check in beginning at 9 am. Pre-registration is required to enter EPA campus, and all visitors must present a valid PHOTO ID (i.e., driver’s license, student identification). The deadline to register has been extended to noon, February 1.  To register, simply email Brodwynn Roberts. You can also reach her by phone at (919) 541-3894.
 College Day activities will include campus and laboratory tours, job shadowing, speed mentoring, mock interviews, applying for federal jobs and grants, and a welcome address by EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management.

Duke Marketing Club Internship Pizza Panel
Wednesday, February 8, 2017   
7pm, Link Classroom 2
Interested in seeking marketing internships/intrigued by marketing?  Join the Marketing Club for an Internship Pizza Pan(el) event and talk openly with students who have completed marketing internships, in a casual setting. Students will represent internship experience from IPG Mediabrands, Microsoft, Viacom, and Wasserman Media Group.

Duke Alumni Networking Workshop
Wednesday, February 15, 2017   6:30pm,    Location TBD
With over 160,000 alumni worldwide, the Duke family has a lot of connections–and the Duke Alumni Association just made contacting them simpler than ever. The new Alumni Directory, located on the DAA website, gives you the ability to browse through our Duke family and contact alumni with the push of a button (think: LinkedIn, but just for Blue Devils!). This resource can help you build your Board of Directors, explore different industries and fields, and conduct.
Interested in learning more? Attend a Forever Duke networking workshop, where you’ll learn the basics of online networking, how to access the Alumni Directory, and what it means to leverage the Duke family. Free dinner will be provided! Please direct any questions to Erin Brown ’16.
[Registration required] [Register your organization for a private group workshop]

Learn how to effectively network using the Alumni Directory

Ask an Alum: Google Software Engineer  (for first-years and sophomores only)
Thursday February 16, 2017   6-7pm, Smith Warehouse Conference Room
Hear from a Duke alum who is a Software Engineer at Google! Learn more about Google and what it's like to work in the tech industry. The alum will open up the discussion and talk about their career path and provide advice on how to enter the field in a low stress, casual environment. The rest of the time will be open for questions and answers. The campus recruiter for Google will also be present if you have questions about the hiring process.
[Registration required]



>>Career Events
Find more information about all of these events on CareerConnections or the Events@Duke Calendar

Drop-in Advising at the Career Center  (No appointment/registration required)
Monday - Friday,  January 11- February 10, 2017    1:30-4:30

NCSU Engineering Career Fair


Wednesday, February 1, 2017   9:30am-4pm, The McKimmon Center NCSU
Whether you are looking for a full-time job or a co-op or internship, you will find the Engineering Career Fair at NC State University a great place to start. Our Engineering Career Fair is one of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students. The event provides an opportunity for prospective employers from a wide range of industries to meet with engineering students interested in working for their companies.  Look who's coming!
[See participating companies]




 Friday, February 03, 2017  
12:00pm - 3:00pm, East Union, Lower Level Classroom, Room 041
Sponsors: Career Center and Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows (OUSF)
Dreaming of winning a Rhodes or a Fulbright? Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) can help you travel the world, learn languages, pursue grad school, and more - and some are open to first years! Drop in and meet with a Career Advisor for 10-15 minutes about your resume, summer plans, networking and more or just stop by and ask us questions. Find out what scholarships and fellowships you can get involved with over the summer and discover programs you didn't know were out there!

Spring Drop-in Advising
Beginning February 14 through the last day of classes come to the Career Center any Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Friday from 1:30-4:30pm.  No appoitnment/registration required.

Start-Up Connect

Tuesday, February 21, 2017    6 - 9 pm, Gross Hall Atrium
Join us for this informal networking event! Students from all schools at Duke University are welcome to visit with startup employer representatives, many of whom are Duke alumni. This is a great place to bring your questions about what its like to work at a startup, learn more about opportunities at startups, and find internship and career opportunities. No dress code required.
TO DO before before February 10: Register to attend the fair, and submit your resume to our resume book  to be considered by employers who will be at the fair.




Career Boot Camp for First-Year Students
Saturday, February 21, 2017 
   10am-4pm, GA Down Under
This event is designed to help you identify and articulate your values and interests, while thinking strategically about career planning and decision-making. The day will include workshops on values, networking, Career Center resources, a panel of Duke upperclass students, and more. Food will be provided!
[Registration required]



>>Experiential Opportunities

Duke Career Ambassador Team Recruiting Now for 2017-2018!
Class of 2020, you should become an ambassador if you are interested in:

  • gaining in-depth knowledge about resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes
  • connecting with a mentor from the Career Center
  • meeting employers one-on-one
  • boosting team-building, networking, and presentation skills
  • developing internship and job search abilities
  • accessing alumni and employers during Career Fairs and other Career Center events

As an ambassador, you will assist by critiquing resumes and cover letters, advising on how to use pertinent resources, connecting students with employers and alumni and more. The team goes through extensive training with Career Center advisors to be able to provide quality services.


Duke Immerse - Learn more about upcoming Duke Immerse programs that are currently recruiting summer and fall.

Imagining Food Futures, Summer 2017
    -application deadline: Thursday, February 16
Rights & Identities in the Americas, Fall 2017
    -application deadline: Thursday, March 30, 12 noon
Governance, Policy & Society, Fall 2017
    -applications accepted on a rolling basis

Dive Into Durham Every year during Duke’s Spring Break, Dive Into Durham offers students an immersive direct-service experience that introduces them to the issues of

hunger and homelessness in Durham. Participants volunteer 12 to 16 hours with local non-profits — such as Urban Ministries of Durham and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina — that work to address food and housing insecurities. Students participate in reflective dialogues and explore Durham’s culture and history. There is no cost to participate in Dive Into Durham. For students who live on campus, the Duke residence halls remain open during Spring Break. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, and enrollment is limited to 10 students.
Dive Into Durham 2017 will run March 13-17, 2017.

  • FREE.  There is no cost to participate.
  • If you currently live on campus, the Duke residence halls are open during Spring Break.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome!
  • Enrollment limited to 10 students.
  •  Apply before February 10, 2017

Two more worth repeating.  I mentioned Bass Connections and Data+ last month but they are still open and definitely worth checking out!


Bass Connections is a program that teams undergraduates with graduate students and faculty to work on a year-long project to solve a problem together.  It is a great way to get to know graduate students, work closely with faculty, and collaborate in a team with other undergrads. There are five themes: Brain and Society, Information, Society and Culture, Global Health, Education and Human Development, and Energy. You can apply to join 2017-2018 project teams between January 24 and February 17. Some teams start over the summer and provide funding (and summer earnings waiver from financial aid) and some provide course credit.

 Data + is a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduatesinterested in exploring

new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, working alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science. Browse projects, choose three you’re interested in, and apply by February 20, 2017. They will be doing rolling admissions, so please apply as soon as you can! The first round of offers will go out January 25 and the second will go out February 25.



>>Employer Corner

Duke Career Center Internship Funding Program Receive up to $3,000 of funding for your low-paying or unpaid summer internship. *Application now open!
Award Timeline:
January 30 - March 2, 2017: Virtual information session available for viewing now.
In-person information sessions:
•    February 1, 2017:  1:00-1:30 p.m., 177 Smith Warehouse
•    February 2, 2017:  11:00-11:30 a.m., 177 Smith Warehouse
•    February 3, 2017:  11:00-11:30 a.m., 177 Smith Warehouse
January 30, 2017: Application opens
March 2, 2017: Application deadline
Early April: Award notification
Mid-April: Awardees must attend Ready, Set, Intern workshop
Mid-May: Awards distributed

IBM is a global leader in computer hardware, software, and cloud computing services.
11 positions posted in CareerConnections

VSolvit is a leading Information Technology (IT) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions provider whose clients include federal and local government, for-profit businesses, and non-profit organizations.
8 positions posted in CareerConnections

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets.
6 positions posted in UCAN

Duke University Development & CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) are joining together to offer two Duke students the opportunity to work on projects relating to university fundraising.  (These positions are exclusively for Duke students and come with a $5,000 summer stipend.)
2 positions posted in CareerConnections

UniversalGiving's mission is to connect people to quality giving and volunteer opportunities worldwide.
14 positions posted in iNet


Maybe you saw this last month but the deadline is approaching:

UK Fulbright Summer Institutes 



First years and sophomores, apply to attend a nearly fully-funded program on a variety of themes at schools across England, Scotland, Ireland! Flights, tuition, room, and board are included. The 10 institutes will cover different themes: theater at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, climate change, technology and innovation, development and politics, the history of the slave trade in England, the history of conflict and relationships of Northern Ireland, medieval studies, and much more. Applications Due: February 23, 2017