The Duke University Career Center is excited to welcome you to your Masterâs program. We are looking forward to meeting you this academic year.
Many Masterâs students are surprised to find that for a number of industries, recruiting for internships begins early in the fall semester. Because this happens so soon after you arrive, we want to provide you with information and resources to help you prepare for your search before you arrive on campus.
Here are our top 5 suggestions for being prepared:
1. Define Your Objective
It is important that you know what type of internship opportunities you are looking for.
What industries are you interested in?
What types of positions? What do you want to gain from the experience?
Dave McDonald, Ph.D., Asst. Director, Duke Career Center and Shuwen Zhai M'17 Economics
Where have all the Economics Master's students gone? The Graduate Student Career Services Team at the Career Center wanted to find out. With the help of our student intern, Shuwen Zhai, M'17 (now an alumna herself), we tracked down alums from Duke's Economics Master's programs using LinkedIn. We gathered data on where these students interned and what positions they found after grad school. There were some surprising trends in the internship and full-time position data, especially around geographic location, position title, and industries. Watch this video to learn more about what we found.
Meredith McCook, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
Spring semester has almost come to an end, but before you disconnect and embark on your summer adventures, jobs, or internships, we want to make sure youâre taking the steps necessary to jump back into the fall semester, if youâre planning on participating in fall On-Campus Recruiting this year.
Our Inside Scoop series was a great success and we appreciated getting to share those best practices with so many of you. We wanted to round up our best tips and some insider employer information to help you inform your next steps as you look towards the summer months.
Tip #1: Make a Plan
Mid-May through mid-August may seem like a long time, but trust us that this time will fly by! Get ahead of it and make a plan for a successful fall application and interview cycle.
Duke Career Center
STEM Undergrad Specialist
Itâs your junior summer. Perhaps you are working in the âbigâ internship that will potentially lead to your first professional position. Perhaps you are participating in research on campus, or taking summer courses, or continuing to take the field/court/pool in training for your athletic commitments. What can you do to make it a productive summer outside of your main commitments?
You want to be ready to hit the ground running when you return to Duke in the fall.
So, this summer...
Dave McDonald, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services
Do your career interests go beyond the course offerings of your department? The good news for you is that students of The Duke Graduate School, Divinity School, and Master's of Biostatistics program can take courses in the other schools at Duke.