Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students
Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.
11 Other Professional Development Resources for Master's Students
Students in master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.
1. The Duke Career Center is an excellent first stop, especially if you're considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships, find funding for unpaid summer internships, and even apply for a $250 grant for the future purchase of interview or professional attire if you have demonstrated financial need.
2. Leverage the power of LinkedIn and the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options; this video and guide from Duke Career Center can help you use these tools strategically. Not sure which alum can help you? Try using the new Ask a Blue Devil tool.
3. During 2023, master's students can access a pilot subscription to Beyond Graduate School, a career training platform designed specifically for their needs.
4. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
5. To seek funds for research materials and supplies or research/conference travel, apply for the annual Dean's Research Award for Master's Students.
6. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
7. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and showcasing the many career paths open to graduate degree holders.
8. College Teaching Workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
9. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
10. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
11. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.