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How do I figure out what I want to do with my summer?
Nearing March, we get a lot of questions from first years about what to do over the summer. To help with this process we usually talk through a series of questions that we call the Nine Domains to find your fit. These questions will help you think about what you want to learn, the skills you want to develop, goals, values, what environment you want to be in, location, relationship you want to build, compensation, and challenges or barriers. Use these answers to inform your search criteria so you make sure the opportunities you seek fit what you really want. If you are going home for the summer, send your search criteria along with your resume to your friends, family and community to let them know you are looking for something. Also, be sure to look at the Experiential Opportunities section and the Employer Corner of this blog to get ideas. To learn more about finding internships and experiential opportunities check out our Internship Collection in SlideShare.
FLUNCH = Faculty + Lunch
One of the best ways for you to start networking and learning more about interest areas is having conversations with professors outside the classroom. This gives you the chance to ask specific questions about their area of expertise, get to know them on a more personal level, and opens the door for a mentor/mentee relationship. Take advantage of office hours and/or “Flunch” faculty members by following these steps . Be sure to maintain your relationship by following-up with them after you meet, updating them on what you are doing throughout the semester, and get-together with them in the future. Take advantage of other opportunities such as attending your Faculty-in-Residence’s events or attending a Duke Conversations event .
Prehealth Planning with Purpose for First Year Prehealth Students
Checkboxes and competencies. Career options in healthcare. Navigating academic pre-requisites and experiential recommendations. Professional development and personal branding.
Planning the many pieces of your prehealth experience at Duke requires intentional thought, reflection and guidance as you prepare for your health profession of choice. Join Dean Alyssa Perz and Cindy Broderius from the Office of Health Professions Advising for a four-week series designed to get you thinking early about four facets of your prehealth journey to aid in making your future plans and choices. Each 90-minute session (see descriptions below) will include time for engaging in activities and discussions focused on the session’s topic, and reflecting on your individual next steps.
All four sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings, March 1, 8, 22, and 29, from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the East Union Upper East Side on East Campus. Register for the four-week series.
NOTE: registration means you commit to all four interdependent sessions! Space is limited, so register early. Priority will be given to first-year students. Registration Deadline: February 27 or until all seats are filled.
March 1: Examining the Identity of a Health Professional
So you want to be a [fill in the blank with health professional]. What attracts you to that profession? How do your values and interests align with that profession? Through both individual and group activities, this session explores outward and less-obvious features of various health professionals’ identities and helps you connect aspects of your own identity to potential health professions of interest.
March 8: Connecting Competencies with Experience
Every health profession identifies core competencies needed by practitioners to provide excellent care for their patients (human or animal), and health professions schools want to see evidence of students developing these competencies. What are those competencies and how can I develop them? This session includes activities designed to help you identify multiple ways to develop various competencies, whether through classes, service, clinical experience or research. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying experiences which highlight your strengths, talents and interests, so that you can also convey the ways in which you are a unique applicant.
March 22: Panel of Health Professionals
You probably know a lot about various health professions by what you observe or by what you read (or watch). But what are some of the “hidden gems” of these various professions? What are challenging aspects of a particular profession and how do practitioners deal with them? Join us for a panel discussion with several health professionals to hear the stories of their career journeys and pearls of wisdom they wish to pass along to students just beginning their journeys.
March 29: Professional Development and Personal Branding—Knowing and Communicating Who You Are
I’m a prehealth student— that stuff is for students heading into business. Au contraire! Knowing who you are and who you are becoming, and communicating in a professional and compelling way, are critical pieces of your development beginning now—whether it’s interviewing for a DukeEngage opportunity, deciding what experiences will contribute to learning a particular skill, or discerning whether you are on the appropriate career path. Activities of this session will continue with identity discovery from Session 1 and delve into strategies for communicating your “brand” with confidence in a variety of settings.
Here is a resource from a current Duke student created to share stories about women in technology:
"My name is Anika Ayyar, and I am a junior Baldwin majoring in computer science at Duke. I recently started The Sheroes Project, an interactive, online, video talk-show to showcase inspirational stories of women in technology. The goal of The Sheroes Project is to enable young women who are interested in computer science and engineering to interact with role models whose career paths they can aspire to follow in - to SHOW them who they can be in the future.
Each month, I interview 1-2 women leaders over Google hangouts as part of the online talk show. The interviews consist of ~15 minutes of me asking questions, and about ~15 minutes of questions from other viewers who have tuned into the hangout. Viewers are usually college and high school students, a majority of whom are female. For more details about the project itself, please take a look at my website, www.sheroesproject.com."
Want to get involved in a student group? Start searching what Duke has to offer on DukeGroups. In addition, check out department websites as they will also have great suggestions on what groups to join. Before you commit to a student organization ask yourself: What will I be learning by joining this group? How will this group help me? What skills will I gain from this experience? Does this align with my interest areas? And, Do I have enough time to add another commitment?
Find more information about all of these events on CareerConnections or the Events@Duke Calendar
February 14- Last Day of Classes
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30-4:30pm in the Career Center, Smith Warehouse
Need help finding summer opportunities? Need to have your resume reviewed? Come by Drop-ins!
No registration required
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!
No registration required
Careers in Service AND Entrepreneurship and Business
Featuring Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence, Jeff Zients '88
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:30 - 4:00pm, Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, 2nd Floor, Focus Classroom
Jeff Zients ’88, Political Science, will be visiting campus on March 7. Jeff is one of Duke's most distinguished alums – he was most recently director of President Obama’s National Economic Council after “rescuing” the Obamacare launch. Before that he founded the Advisory Board Company and a number of other ventures. Jeff would like to meet with and talk to students about careers in public service, and especially how to combine with business and entrepreneurship. Meet Jeff, have a great conversation and enjoy afternoon snacks.
Research and Development Careers in Biotech
Featuring Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence, Ben Bruehrer, PhD ‘94
March 10, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm, MSRB 1, Room 001
After graduating from Duke with his PhD, Ben Buehrer has had multiple R&D roles in biotech. Now he is Vice President at ZenBio, a company that provides human cell systems, reagents, and contract research services to clients. During this lunch discussion, Ben will talk about his experiences in industry, answer your career-related questions, and provide tips for breaking into the field. *Lunch will be provided.
About the speaker: Ben is Vice President at ZenBio and has over 10 years of industrial experience leading discovery and research programs. From 2004 to 2007, he was ZenBio's Director of R&D, managing the internal, contract, and collaborative research and development programs. Prior to that, Ben led small molecule drug discovery and pre-clinical development for Karo Bio's prostate cancer program, managing research at both the US and Swedish sites. Most recently, Ben led internal discovery programs at Affinergy, Inc. focused on site-specific delivery and retention of bioactive agents to medical device and tissue surfaces. Ben received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1994.
Duke Career Ambassador Team (CAT) Recruiting Now for 2017-2018!
Class of 2020, you should become a CAT 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 a CAT, you will assist by critiquing resumes and cover letters, advising on how to use pertinent resources, connecting students with employers and alumni and more. CATs go through extensive training with Career Center advisers to be able to provide quality services. Apply through CareerConnections (Job ID: 12992), http://tinyurl.com/CATApp17. Application deadline: March 6, 2017
Summer Class Registration
If you are interested in summer courses, now is the time to register, as some classes will fill up. You do not have to meet with your adviser to be eligible to enroll. If you will be at Duke this summer, how else can you maximize your time in Durham? Will you look for a part time job, shadow companies of interest, and have lunch or coffee with Duke alums in the area? Make an appointment with the Career Center to better plan for your time here.
Learn more about upcoming Duke Immerse programs that are currently recruiting summer and fall:
Rights & Identities in the Americas, Fall 2017 (application deadline: Thursday, March 30th, 12noon)
Governance, Policy & Society, Fall 2017 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)
Apply to Duke BioCoRE
Duke BioCoRE is a program centered on building an inclusive community of research scholars in the biomedical, biological, and behavioral science. First year undergraduates interested in research careers in the biosciences are invited to apply. Learn about it.
March 31 - April 2, Bostock Library, The Edge
Let the data take you places! Want to mingle with data analysis professionals from industry and academia? Compete for prizes and glory? At DataFest you'll get a chance to work on a large, complex, and surprise data analysis challenge over a weekend. DataFest is open to all undergrads and MS students, and students can compete in teams of 2-5, however registration priority will be given to teams of 4-5. They will hold a series of workshops in the two weeks leading up to the event. Visit the website for updates on those or follow us on Twitter at @dukedatafest or join the Facebook group.
[Registration required] Registration deadline: March 20, 2017
Data Fest Info Meet-up
Sunday, March 5, 6-7pm, Bostock Library, The Edge
Want to find out more about DataFest or meet others to team up with? Come by the Info Meetup. Pizza will be served!
Alternative Summer Break (From the Center of Multicultural Affairs)
May 15th-May 20th, 2017
Join us for our 2017 Alternative Summer Break program! We will be traveling to Havana, Cuba to learn about the intersection of gender and race and how they influence a women's access to privilege and power in Cuba. We will be looking at the topic from legal, political, and leadership angles.
Applications are due Sunday, March 12th at 11:59 pm.
Global Engagement Program- A Leadership Program for U.S. Students with Global Mindset (From the International House)
This program provides domestic students with beneficial interactions with international students and scholars at Duke, preparing them to be true global citizens. Selected students will be involved in International House program activities for a semester and receive training on cross-cultural awareness and communication as well as career and leadership development. Upon successful completion of the program, students will get a certificate endorsed by International House and the Career Center, which can be used to strengthen their resume.
Application deadline is March 5, 2017
This site lists job postings for off-campus student employment, on campus jobs, and research opportunities with faculty. There a several opportunities listed for Summer 2017!
UCAE Student Life Job Opportunity
UCAE is looking for students to join our Student Life teams!
Application deadline is Friday March 3, 2017
Duke Student Alumni Board (DSAB)
The DSAB works to foster communication and collaboration among students and alumni. Members get involved in Duke Alumni programs, conceive and plan student engagement activities and help spread the spirit of Forever Duke among their peers.
What the Board Does:
Board members are chosen from all years, all schools, and all degrees of Duke to reflect the diversity of the student experience. Responsibilities include:
• Serving as student ambassadors for the DAA and the Duke Office of Development
• Providing advice and feedback about new and existing programs for student and alumni engagement
• Attending board and alumni events
• Representing student views on panels
• Developing and implementing strategies for outreach to students
• Organizing events for the Duke community
Application deadline 11:59 PM on Monday, March 6
Leadership at Duke University
Check out this listing of student leadership opportunities at Duke for a variety of programs and departments. Read the brief description and see if it sounds like a good fit for what skills you are hoping to develop.
Oracle is a leading global hardware and software systems innovator.
4 positions posted in CareerConnections
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm.
4 positions posted in CareerConnections
Jane Street is a quantitative trading firm with a unique focus on technology and collaborative problem solving.
2 positions posted in CareerConnections
LIVESTRONG fights for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer now.
12 positions posted in iNet internship database
The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis.
5 positions posted in UCAN internship database
2017 Koonz Human Rights Prize
Duke undergraduates are invited to enter essays or alternative projects regarding global and local human rights issues in the annual Oliver W. Koonz Human Rights Prize competition. The Duke Human Rights Center@FHI awards one $500 prize in each category of best essay and best alternative project on a human rights theme. Submissions due April 1.