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.


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Drop-in Advising

Drop-in Advising is the best way to get immediate and ongoing feedback on your resumes, CV's and other documents.  You can also ask any quick career questions, learn about the career center, and our resources.  You'll spend 10 to 15 minutes with an adviser, so don't hesitate to organize your thoughts in advance to make the most of the time!
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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