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Counseling for Graduate Students
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Career counseling is an ongoing service available to Duke graduate students. Meetings are scheduled in advance and many students benefit from a series of conversations over time.

Our role is to help you combine the unique background you bring to Duke and the skills to create and maintain meaningful experiences and relationships with a new set of mentors, colleagues and potential employers. We assist you in preparing and achieving your future career goals whether they are to find employment or to prepare for another degree program.

Many of you have ideas about future employment and locations clearly in view and have mapped out the steps you will take to make the transition from graduate study to the workforce.  Others of you will want to revisit your priorities and goals during your graduate student career because for you, earning an advanced degree is not a career answer, but rather a foundation for career options.  Some of the questions that will come up in appointments include:

  • How can I get the mentoring I need while at Duke?
  • How can I make use of my experience coordinating a conference for my faculty advisor?
  • Where can I locate internship opportunities beyond CareerConnections?
  • What are my options if I decide to qualify for a master’s degree instead of a PhD?
  • Should I describe all my projects and/or list all my publications on my resume?
  • How can I reorganize my resume to break into a new sector with my degree?
  • I hope to find a faculty position in the Pacific Northwest. How can I achieve this goal?
  • As an international student, I’ve heard that my search for employment in the US may be extremely difficult. Is this true?


Drop-In Advising for Graduate Students
What Is Drop-In Advising?

Master's and Doctoral Students of The Graduate School and Divinity School
and Master's Students of Biostatistics in the School of Medicine


At the beginning of the semester, we are offering labs on particular career topics. During a lab, you can stay to work on your resume, cover letter or networking skills and receive feedback as you work. While drop-in advising usually lasts about 15 minutes per student, in a lab you can stay for a couple hours to make substantial progress.
Check Career Events in CareerConnections or our Events Calendar for graduate student Drop-in Advising sessions and labs.

Master of Engineering Management, Master of Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering Students

Wednesday and Thursday in 213C Teer
Check career events on the Events Calendar or refer to the weekly email from Engineering Masters Career Services staff for drop-in advising hours.

Get Advice from Duke Alumni & Professionals

One of the best way to learn about career possibilities, professional expectations, making decisions (and whatever additional questions you might develop) is to speak to professionals who are willing to share their insights. University alumni are a fantastic resource for career-related conversations and these networks exist to help Dukies connect.
LinkedIn Duke University Alumni Network