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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)


  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm

    2018 Career and Summer Opportunities Fair

    This event is open to graduate students from all disciplines to meet employers searching to fill internships and full-time positions.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    10:30 am to 2:30 pm

    ECE + CS Student Showcase

    The Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Computer Science (CS) Student Showcase allows you to show off a class or personal project in front of representatives from companies like IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, SAP and Google. This event is open to ALL students with a computing project (specifically ECE and CS students).

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    10:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Site Visit to Nuventra Pharma Sciences (Applications due January 8)

    The Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services is collaborating with NIEHS and UNC to visit local biomedical companies as part of the ELITE (Enhancing Local Industry Transitions Through Exploration) Program. The January 2018 visit is to Nuventra Pharma Sciences, and PhD students are welcome.


What Can You Be with a Duke Ph.D.?

December 7, 2017
Duke PhDs across the United States

Whether you’re at the beginning of your graduate studies or nearing the end, you may be wondering what career options are open to you with a Duke Ph.D. The Graduate School can help you answer that question with new Ph.D. career outcomes data.

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