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Your Professional Development Begins Today

No matter what your career plans are, your graduate school experience must encompass more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofits. Professional development is not one workshop or one course; it is something you do throughout your time at Duke. So get started now.

Overview of professional development offerings from The Graduate School (PDF)


  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
    10:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Science and Policy Communication Workshop

    Looking to improve how you communicate your science or policy work? Learn best practices from experts Karl Leif Bates, Director of Research Communications at Duke University and Jory Weintraub, Science Communication Program Director with the Duke Initiative for Science and Society.


Alumni Profiles Series: Amanda Starling Gould

May 10, 2018
Amanda Starling Gould, PhD

“When I first became a Digital Humanities Specialist I didn’t know that I was going to love having meetings but I really do. I like coming in to work and I like having people around, and I love being a consultant. I love it when people come in to see me and they say, ‘I have this idea, how do I do it?’ and I have the resources of the FHI and Duke to help them.”

Assessing Our Market Value

April 19, 2018

Recent alumni from the English Department return to the third floor of the Allen building to share their experiences navigating the academic job market with current graduate students.

Don’t Miss Out

Check out all the professional development programs and events we have to offer.