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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)


  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Online Information Session: The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

    The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent Ph.D. graduates from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector.  Interested in learning more? Join us for a videoconference with John Paul Christy (ACLS Program Director) and Abbie Langston (Duke Literature PhD '14; Mellon ACLS Public Fellow ’15-’17).

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Culture and Connection: Inclusion in the Workplace

    Get an inside look at what an inclusive organization looks like with participating employers and learn how companies value and integrate diversity and inclusion within their organizations. You will also learn about the recruitment process and job and internship opportunities within each company.

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Google Technical Interview Workshop

    Join us for our technical interview workshop and get a chance to practice coding sample questions with Duke alumni Googlers.


How to Leverage Resources on Campus to Secure a Non-Academic Job

January 16, 2019
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Thinking about pursuing positions in consulting or other non-academic careers? Yating Li, Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Policy, shares how she found resources and communities at Duke to support her throughout the application process.

Alumni Profiles Series: Carol Ensinger

January 9, 2019
Carol Ensinger

"A good mentor has to want to see a person develop professionally as well as personally. As a manager, I felt that the word manager did not sound that much different from mentor. In addition to making sure tasks were completed, I made sure that the people who worked under me progressed in their careers."

Alumni Profiles Series: Dennis Gilmore

December 6, 2018
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"Cherish the time you have at Duke because you will find it to be the most intellectually stimulating environment that you will ever experience. It may not always be easy or enjoyable, but find time to be thankful for the experience."

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