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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)


  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

    Ready, Set, Intern...Remotely!

    Are you wondering how you can get the most out of your remote summer internship? Do you wish that you had inside information on how to stand out among your fellow interns? Join us to learn firsthand from Duke's employer partners on what you can expect during a remote internship, how you can maximize success in an online setting, and the common intern mistakes that you want to avoid during your summer experience.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

    Online TA Skills: Facilitating Inclusive Online Discussions

    In the virtual classroom student learning will also take place through meaningful online discussion, including team-based discussions. Learn effective facilitation strategies to reach out, engage and manage virtual discussions using Zoom and Sakai.

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    11:00 am to 11:30 am

    Alum Zoom: 5 Career Questions with a Duke PhD

    Please join us for a summer series of short, focused career conversations with former Duke PhD students and postdocs. On June 10, our guest is Jeff Blackinton, PhD, Senior Scientist at Celldom.


Alumni Profiles Series: Alexander X. Byrd

June 3, 2020
Alexander Y. Byrd, Ph.D.

“I don’t feel like I’ve left Duke. Some of these people I haven’t seen in I don’t know how long, but that community hasn’t disappeared. It is ongoing.”

Alumni Profiles Series: Lori Lehman

May 27, 2020
Lori Lehman, Ph.D.

"Life is too short to work on something you don’t like or something you are not passionate about. People come up to me saying, 'My HIV is undetectable because of the drugs you made,' or 'Your drug cured me of Hepatitis C.' These stories give my work meaning."

Discovering Possibilities for a Mobile, Multi-Lingual Academic Career

May 20, 2020
Videochat with Dr. Kornetis

Have you ever wondered about an academic career in Europe but were unsure where to start? Dr. Kostis Kornetis, currently Teaching Associate in Modern European History at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, recently spoke with Duke graduate students to offer tips and advice gleaned from his experiences working at top-notch universities on both sides of the Atlantic.

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