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How do I decide what get involved in and where to spend my time?
Being intentional about what you decide to do is a big challenge especially when there are so many options at Duke. You are likely to be interested and excited about many experiences offered here and want to take on lots of activities. This can be problematic because there is only one of you and way too many things to do. This is where you might take on too much or take on things that don't necessarily help you gain the skills you need to develop your career goals. We talk a lot about the “Opportunity Buffet” as way to show how this process usually manifests. Read more about how picking your activities are like going through a buffet line in the above blog post. Remember these steps as you consider what to pick.
1) Scan your options
2) Make you selections and enjoy
3) Assess your satisfaction
4) Go back for more
5) Talk about the meal
Spring Breakthrough is program for first-year students and sophomores featuring 11 five-day seminars designed to delight the intellect. Registration started Nov. 7.
What is Spring Breakthrough?
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*You can look up more information about all of these events on CareerConnections
January 11- February 10:
Drop-in Advising at the Career Center 1:30-4:30 Monday -Friday, No appointment/registration required
Spring Drop-in Advising Schedule Begins 1:30-4:30pm (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday when classes are in session)
Tuesday, January 17:
What Employers Want 12-1:30pm | McClendon Tower, Level 5
Undergraduate students should attend this workshop to discover what colleges and employers are looking for during the job search process. David Ong, Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting for Maximus, will lead this workshop and share relevant information surrounding the National Association of Colleges and Employers' efforts to both define and promote the concept of “career readiness”. The competencies associated with career readiness will be identified and explained to attendees, with particular focus given to how employers may be evaluating candidates on these competencies. Students will leave with a clearer vision of what employers want in a candidate. *Lunch will be provided during this workshop! Spots are limited, register today!!
TechConnect 5-9:30pm | Gross Hall
Hear from an employer panel to get advice about seeking internships and full-time jobs. You will have a better understanding of characteristics employers seek as well as a realistic view of the job market and career paths for students interested in engineering and technical careers. The panel discussion is followed by a networking event. You can connect with employer representatives, many of whom are Duke Alumni. This venue provides a less formal environment than the traditional career fair, which takes place on Thursday January 19th in the Wilson Gym. No registration required.
Wednesday, January 18:
Diversity Networking Dinner 7-9pm | Washington Duke Inn
The Diversity Networking Dinner is designed to connect undergraduate and graduate students with companies who are looking to further diversify their organization. In the first hour of the event, students will have a chance to hear from a distinguished guest speaker while enjoying dinner at a table with a select employer. The final hour will be a dessert networking reception where students can network with all employers in attendance. Each registered employer has indicated the degree levels of students they wish to have at their table.
Attending employers and the candidates they are seeking:
|>Abercrombie & Fitch (Undergraduate students only)
||>IBM (Undergraduate and Graduate students)
|>Bioventus (Graduate students only)
||>Maximus (Undergraduate and Graduate students)
|>Capital One (Undergraduate students only)
||>Oracle (Undergraduate students only)
|>Capital One (Undergraduate students only)
||>NetApp (Undergraduate and Graduate students)
|>CEB (Undergraduate students only)
*Registration Details: In order to register for this event, students must come to the Career Center table on the main floor in the Bryan Center on Thursday, January 12 between 10:00am - 12:00pm or Friday, January 13 between 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Students will register for the event and select a table to sit at for the dinner piece from the employer list below. Spots at tables will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that if you arrive on the actual day of the event without registering and signing up for a table at the Bryan Center during the above times, you are not guaranteed attendance.
Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Student Showcase 10:30am - 2:30pm | CIEMAS
Show off a project in front of representatives from these registered companies: Ambarella, Quantworks, Pendo, SAS, Lenovo, Kitware, Inc., Google, Cisco Systems, NetApp, and Microsoft. Have your resume included in a book shared with all participating employers. Attend an exclusive networking lunch for students, employers, and VIPs. Get training to help confidently and clearly present your ideas.
[More information and registration required]
Thursday, January 19:
2017 Career & Summer Opportunities Fair 10am-3pm | Wilson Gym
Join us for the 2017 Career & Summer Opportunities Fair in Wilson Gym! This event is targeted to both undergraduate and graduate students from all majors to meet employers searching to fill internships and full-time positions. Professional attire preferred. Visit the Digital Career Fair Guide mobile site to view an alphabetical list of registered employers online with company information. *The website is continuously being update with new employers so check the website frequently.
Duke Career Center Presents
Secrets to Success: Class of 2020 Edition (First-year Students Only) 6:30-8:00pm | GA Down Under
Attend this event to discover the secrets to success for the next four years at Duke and beyond! A panel of two Duke students, David Ong, Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting at MAXIMUS Inc., and Bill Wright-Swadel, Fannie Mitchell Executive Director of the Duke University Career Center, will be answering first-year's most relevant and frequently asked questions. What do YOU want to know?
*This program is designed specifically for the Class of 2020. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served!
Friday, January 20:
Practice Interview Day hosted by the Career Ambassador Team 10am-3pm | Duke Career Center, Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, 2nd Floor
Need to brush up on your interview skills as you begin applying for internships, part-time and full-time jobs, and/or campus leadership roles? Get practice and honest feedback when it comes to presenting yourself professionally. Practice interviews will last 30 minutes, and will include a post-interview discussion and critique. *Registration for this event will open on 1/12/17 at 12pm and will close on 1/19/17 at 11:59pm.
Resume Reviews on West Campus 9:30-11:00am | CSGD
Tuesday, January 17
Wednesday, January 18
Group Appointments on West Campus: Times and Registration in Career Events on CareerConnections
Interviewing Tuesday, January 17
Job Search, Internship Search Wednesday, January 18
Group Appointments at the Career Center, Smith Warehouse: Times and Registration in Career Events on CareerConnections
Resume Friday, January 20
Interviewing Monday, January 23
Internship Search Tuesday, January 24
Job Search Thursday, January 26
Research is not just for scientists!
- Check out the Undergraduate Research Support Office and the “Getting Started” page under “How to Begin.” They have great steps on applying for research projects and positions as well as getting advice from various people around campus.
- There are “Tips for Contacting Mentors” if you don’t know where to start by searching under areas of interest to you. They also give you step-by-step tips on how to contact the potential mentor.
- Check out Scholars@Duke to learn what faculty in the humanities, social sciences and sciences are working on to see if you can participate. Then use all those tips from number 2 above to contact some faculty who are working on things you’re interested in.
- Here is a way to look at Research Opportunities by your area of interest. It lists travel grants for conferences, assistantships, internships, summer research fellowships and creative arts grants. There are literally hundreds that you can search through really easily.
- 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 members, and collaborate in a team with other undergrads. There are 5 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 undergraduates interested 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.
- Duke Engage US-Based Programs See January deadlines for application process.
Career Center Internship Funding Program Apply to receive up to $3,000 of funding for your low-paying or unpaid summer internship.
January 30 - March 2, 2017: Virtual information session available for viewing
Late January, Early February: In-person information sessions (see session schedule below)
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
Stanback internship Program provides Duke students with significant project-based learning experiences in energy, conservation, advocacy, policy, research, and applied resource management. The Stanback Internship Program is open to any Duke student - undergraduate, graduate, and international students - who will be enrolled in Fall 2017 classes. Internships are located throughout the US, and interns receive a $5,000 payment. Applications open January 19-29.
Pathways of Change is new program by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics being launched this summer for a cohort of students interested in the following three areas: business and human rights/csr, and, conditional on funding, women’s rights and environmental justice. Students will intern with different types of organizations working for social change across these three fields, and will work together during the summer and fall 2017 to explore the tradeoffs between different approaches towards social change.
• Each internship will come with a $5,000 dollar stipend.
• The partner organizations will be pre-selected, and serve as hosts to the summer intern.
• Students will participate in an interdisciplinary ½ credit seminar in the Fall of 2017 on Theories and Strategies of Social Change.
Goldman Sachs invites current freshmen and sophomore to join them for one of the 2017 Goldman Sachs Diversity Cornerstones –a series of programs designed to provide exposure to the numerous career paths available in the financial services industry while honing the skills that will set you up for success as you explore future opportunities. Participants will enjoy skill-building workshops, group activities and networking opportunities with professionals at the firm.
Spring 2017 Events:
Women's Leadership Camp March 23-24, 2017 (NYC or Salt Lake City)
Pride Summit March 30-31, 2017 (NYC)
Undergraduate Camp May 15-16, 2017 (NYC, Salt Lake City or Irving/Dallas, TX)
Insight Series Multiple dates (Virtual)
Deadlines and eligibility requirements vary. View full details in The Lime Network.
Georgetown University’s Government & Nonprofit Expo The annual Expo brings top employers to Georgetown's campus to recruit for internships and full-time jobs in a wide range of fields in the government and nonprofit sectors. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about careers in government and nonprofit and to network with employers. Many students have secured internships and full-time employment as a result of this annual event. The Career Expo is not open to the public. Only undergraduate and graduate students or degreed alumni from Duke University, NYU, UVA, University of Richmond, Georgetown University, the College of William & Mary, Yale University, and Swarthmore College are invited to attend.
Check out the list of attending employers
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a Bio-Pharma leader whose medicines have helped countless patients in their fight against serious diseases.
3 positions posted in UCAN.
QuickenLoans is Quicken Loans is the #1 online lender and the 2nd largest retail mortgage lender in America. 5 positions posted in UCAN.
TASER International is a company that strives to make communities safer with innovative public safety technologies that protect life and truth.
4 positions posted in UCAN.
Walker Sands is an agency at the forefront of the public relations industry evolution.
5 positions posted in iNet.
Theatre Aspen's professional productions feature the best of Broadway talent, as well as local performers, offering musicals, plays, new work and family-friendly shows. This internship experience was created specifically for Duke students and is open to all majors.
1 position in CareerConnections
ZSR Non-Profit Partners Internships
These 8-week, paid summer internships accepts 36 undergraduates with Pell Grants who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors (in Fall 2017). Host non-profits offer skill-building opportunities in research, community outreach, public policy, communications, fundraising or social media. Experiences vary by organization. Connect with peers in the program and receive professional development throughout the summer. Students of color are encouraged to apply. Applications Due: January 23, noon
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