Schedule a Student Engagement Event

Student engagement events allow employers to present information to students on current opportunities and organizational background. We are encouraging employers to think outside of the typical information session box and to provide value-add engagement events for our students. This can be in the form of a workshop, resume review, industry panel, professional development session or another form of engagement that makes the most sense for your company.

Student engagement events (and office hours) are held during the academic year (September-November and January-April). On-campus student engagement events are held Monday through Thursday as early as 5:00pm and ending no later than 9:15pm. Occasionally, mid-day sessions may be held Monday through Friday beginning and ending between 11:30am-1:30pm. Virtual student engagement events can be hosted at various times throughout the day and evening. Our recommendation is late afternoon/early evening. We encourage you to keep your on-campus and virtual sessions at 90 minutes or less.

Once you’ve decided on a date and confirmed that it does not conflict with a black out date noted below, submit your event request in Handshake. Once you receive approval from our team, you will need to contact one of the approved on-campus venue options to check space availability and reserve and pay for the space (venue costs vary). Our team will send you this venue information when approving your event in Handshake. Campus guidelines follow state and local regulations and are subject to change. Visitors should check Duke United before coming to campus and follow direction provided by campus personnel while visiting.

Due to the high demand for student engagement events, multiple organizations may hold student engagement events in the same time slot.  Although we cannot guarantee it, the Duke Career Center will aim to only have organizations of different industries in the same time slot. We ask organizations to work with us in order to allow our students to attend as many student engagement events of their interest as is possible.
All requests for student engagement events must be submitted in Handshake with a minimum of two weeks between the date of the request and the date of the session. For more about requesting an event through Handshake, review their tutorial

Once scheduled, your student engagement events will be promoted in Handshake and on Career Hub.

Recruiting Policies for Employers

Fall 2023 Recruiting Season at Duke (September 5 – November 16):

[Academic Calendar; Duke Football Calendar]

Please keep in mind our black out dates* outlined below and avoid scheduling recruiting activities during these dates.

August 28 – September 1: First week of fall classes*

September 4: Labor Day*

September 20: Diversity Event [no evening events will be allowed]*

September 21: On-Campus Fall Career Fair

September 24-25: Yom Kippur*

September 28: Virtual Career Fair [virtual/in-person interviews will be allowed, but not events]*

October 13-17: Fall Break [virtual multi-school events will be allowed]*

November 16: Last day of fall recruiting activities

November 22-26: Thanksgiving holiday break*

December 1-18: Graduate classes end; reading period; final exams*

December 8-18: Undergraduate classes end; reading period; final exams*

December 19 – January 9: Winter Break [virtual multi-school events will be allowed]*

Spring 2024 Recruiting Season at Duke (January 16 – April 12):

[Academic Calendar; Men’s Basketball Calendar]

Please keep in mind our black out dates* outlined below and avoid scheduling recruiting activities during these dates. We also recommend that you review the Men’s Basketball Calendar and avoid scheduling Duke-specific on-campus recruiting events the nights of home games.

January 10: First day of spring classes*

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day*

January 16: Spring recruiting season begins

January 25: 2024 OneDuke All-Industry Career Fair (in-person) [no events allowed during the fair hours, 10:00 am-2:00 pm]

February 9: Government, Education & Nonprofit Virtual Fair via Handshake

March 9-17: Spring Break [only virtual multi-school events will be allowed]

April 10: SEC & ACC Virtual Career Fair via CareerEco

April 12: Last day of spring recruiting season

April 16: Ivy+ Fair via Handshake

April 17: Graduate classes end*

April 18-28: Graduate reading period*

April 24: Undergraduate classes end*

April 25-28: Undergraduate reading period*

April 29-May 4: Final exams

May 10: Commencement begins

May 12: Graduation exercises/conferring of degrees

By Megan Wilson (she/her)
Megan Wilson (she/her) Associate Director, Communications and Outreach