Career Center

Graduate Students

In choosing a Duke graduate program, you have come a long way toward understanding yourself. Yet you are not a finished product, and your graduate school experience will transform you in significant ways, deepening your knowledge and self-understanding. Earning an advanced degree is a foundation for further intellectual and personal growth, and a pathway to discovering multiple career options.

We have developed resources and services for students enrolled in the Duke Graduate School, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Divinity School, and Duke’s Master of Biostatistics program. We work with students who are interested in careers in academia as well as all other sectors. Additionally, we work with faculty and staff around the university who are interested in the professional development of students.

Career Events
We co-sponsor two series with the Duke Graduate School and the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services: the Academic Job Search Series and Careers Beyond Academia. Each series will be offered for an academic year and will be followed by the other series the next academic year. You can watch videos of events held in previous years on the Duke Postdoc Services YouTube channel. Many events are co-sponsored for Engineering Master's students as well.

Workshops and Labs
During these events, you will build a range of career-related skills. Workshops are usually 90 minutes and are intended to walk you through topics such as Writing a Resume and Preparing for a Career Fair. Labs are 60 minutes and are meant to give you lots of practice with career communication skills such as interviewing, attending networking events, and talking with recruiters.
You can find and register for these events in CareerConnections or take a look at the schedule on the Duke Event Calendar.
Departments, programs, and student groups can also request workshops through an online form.

Newsletters
Duke graduate students are automatically subscribed to one of our newsletters: the STEM Career Insider or the Humanities and Social Science Update. In these emails, we share our insights, upcoming events, and job and internship opportunities. Contact us if you have not been receiving one of our newsletters or if you’d like to change which one you are receiving.

Counseling Appointments
We offer 45-minute appointments to meet with students to talk about career exploration and planning (appointments are 30 minutes for Engineering Master's students). You can schedule an appointment online in CareerConnections.

In counseling appointments, we can talk about topics such as

  • Exploring different career options
  • Understanding which careers suit your skills, values, and interests
  • Meeting professionals in different industries (networking)
  • Searching for jobs, internships, postdocs, VAPs, etc.
  • Practicing interviewing
  • Negotiating offers