Discovering your career path is about more than simply finding a job or internship.
It’s about finding your own unique path, and we’re here to partner with you on your exploration and search. Whatever your next step, be it graduate school, your dream job, or just the first of many next steps, we are here to work with you to develop a career plan that’s right for you.
Your career center is a heavily utilized office, here at Duke. Last year alone, the Career Center team met with more than 3,000 students and alumni in appointments and Drop-in Advising. We provide a wide range of resources, services, and events, designed to aid in career decision-making and preparation for a purposeful career.
A very small sample of the resources we provide are job and internship listings and databases. You can use these tools to explore, network, and apply for opportunities. If you're just starting your search and want to find an internship that interests you and that you would be excited to apply to, please start at Get Started or Know Yourself!
And, What Do Employers Want From You?
We asked employers who participated in recent career fairs what top skills (technical skills or soft skills) they are seeking from candidates.
The most mentioned skill was related to communication and the ability to effectively communicate.
We've broken down the other most common skill themes in this word cloud.
A toolkit for students to provide timely, ongoing, and accessible information to students throughout their remote summer internship, as well as to provide an extra layer of support and community to students interning remotely.
This was a program recorded in June 2020 for students who were going to being working remotely. Log in with your NetId and get caught up. There is a lot of good information from employers and students–whether you are planning for an internship or to start your career remotely.
Resources for Students with Disabilities
Consider these resources specifically devoted to individuals with disabilities, in addition to other tools and engaging with a career adviser.
From national meetings and mentoring opportunities to job postings and portfolio services, these organizations have developed multiple programs and resources designed specifically for college students and recent graduates with disabilities.
A national organization seeking to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities
- FULL ACCESS: an annual national summit designed to bring students with disabilities together with employers
- Our Ability Connect: an individual digital profile service allowing students to create employment profiles that promote future employment through networking and connection to employers seeking employees of diverse ability levels
Founded as a not-for-profit corporation to represent a fresh business approach in the disability talent space
Examples of programs that both provide opportunities and prepare students for career success include:
- Lime Network: includes a profile service allowing individuals to apply directly for positions with corporate partners as Lime Connect candidates and have their profile reviewed for specific roles. Other Lime Network resources include professional development webinars, scholarships, and more
- Lime Connect Fellowship Program: highly-selective program designed to connect rising juniors with corporate partners for summer internships
A national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace
USBLN offers student-focused opportunities including:
- Going for the Gold Job and Internship Opportunities: opportunities available at USBLN partner organizations
- NextGen Leaders’ Mentorship Exchange: 6-month career mentoring opportunity for college students and recent graduates with disabilities though linkages to business professionals at USBLN member companies
Job and Internship Postings
These websites offer job and internship postings as well as career development resources. The USAJobs resource provides a wealth of information useful in navigating a federal job search.
Connects job seekers with employers looking to build a diverse workforce. The website features a job search database as well as resources for interviewing, disclosing, federal employment, and more
- National job portal: connects job seekers with thousands of organizations nationwide
- Student-specific resources: includes links to educational webinars as well as notifications for virtual career fairs
Use this fact sheet to learn how to create a strong application for federal government jobs. The resource also covers how to request reasonable accommodations, special job appointments available for certain disabilities, and more
After applying, send a message to the Employ Concierge so they can highlight your application to the hiring manager
Job and Internship Recruitment Services
Each of these organizations serves as a source for competitive candidates for companies seeking to build a diverse workforce. Application through these organizations results in referral to a partner company, or to a searchable database used to identify candidates by partner companies.
An organization retained by corporations and federal agencies to recruit and hire people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities. Applicants work with Bender professionals to identify positions of interest and for which applicants are qualified
Also, Bender Virtual Career Fair for People with
Disabilities: provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers to connect in personal chat rooms and network without associated travel. Candidates can view posted job descriptions and submit resumes to positions of interest. Fairs are held during both fall and spring semesters
A program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities
- Students complete a preliminary online application
- Following a screening interview with AAAS, eligible students will be asked to submit a complete application packet
- Full application reviews begin in September
- Application referral to AAAS partner organizations begins in October
A recruitment and referral program connecting both federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly-motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities
- Each fall, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies conduct personal interviews with interested candidates at WRP-registered schools
- Information from candidate interviews and application packets is compiled in a searchable database and available each December to hiring officials seeking qualified candidates
- Undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni are eligible
Note: Although Duke is not currently a WRP-registered school, interested Duke students may interview at other local WRP-registered universities. Contact Teri Mills in the Duke University Career Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about participating in this program.
Meet with an adviser for in-person assistance with identifying and accomplishing your career goals.Explore our website to find information about workshops, programs, and job and internship search resources designed to support you in your professional development and search for opportunities.
Job and Internship Databases (student logins)
Main tool for jobs and internships posted specifically for Duke students by employers and alumni--as well as all Career Center and employer-hosted events.
A one-stop-shop that empowers international students.
Using data-driven technology, Interstride is a career portal that provides international students with all the resources they need to transition and thrive in their educational journey abroad. Includes: global career opportunities, visa and immigration support, student resources and services, networking and mentorship, webinars and workshops.
Internship Series Online
3,000+ organizations offering internships and summer jobs for students
A platform that focuses on the development of Chinese overseas talents. It provides employment solutions and career development support for Chinese returnees and students who are about to return. Lockin China has over 250,000 effective resumes, connections with over 500 global universities, and over 13,000 registered company users.
Short-Term & Gap Year Opportunities After Graduation
Short-term fellowship, abroad, service and teaching opportunities
Resource focused toward non-academic careers for current graduate students in humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines provided by The Graduate School
What Can I do with this Major?
Connects academic majors/departments to possible career paths, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities
Best Places to Work for Diversity
Filter this list of top companies to work for by different metrics of diversity, such as % of Minorities, People with Disabilities, or LGBTQ
Great Place to Work
Employees rated these companies highly in terms of their dedication to diversity
REFINITIV Diversity and Inclusion Index
Identifies the Top 100 publicly-traded companies with the most inclusive and diverse workplaces
Tools provided by others:
Duke student on-campus employment and research opportunities
See how organizations stack up against others.
How to Figure Out if a Company is Truly Dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion
An article from The Muse with tips for what to look for when applying to jobs to see how companies actually support their diverse workforce
LGBTQIA+ Career Resources
Information about LGBTQIA+ individuals' experiences in the workplace, career advice, and lists of supportive companies
LinkedIn: Duke University Alumni Network Group
Over 75,000 Duke alumni, students, faculty, and staff build professional relationships and share career resources. Try "Connections" for an interactive visual representation of where alumni are today.
Resources for Exploring Careers
To search in a specific industry, these guides will be helpful.
Finance for Students without
Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, and Patent Law
Museums and Outreach
Science Writing and Journalism