Advance your career.

In choosing a Duke graduate program, you have come a long way toward understanding yourself. Yet you are not a finished product, and your graduate school experience will transform you in significant ways, deepening your knowledge and self-awareness. Earning an advanced degree is a foundation for further intellectual and personal growth, and a pathway to discovering multiple career options.

We support and encourage career exploration as well as partner with students who have decided and are planning for any type of career, including jobs as tenure-track faculty or in private industry, government, nonprofits, start-ups, and anywhere in between.  We are engaged in working with students to explore how different careers suit them and how to conduct multiple, simultaneous job and internship searches in different fields. Additionally, we work with faculty and staff around the university who are interested in the professional development of students.

Our experienced advisors are available to meet with all doctoral students at Duke. We work from a strengths-based perspective that can be tailored for each individual and can be viewed as attaining mastery in the Duke Career Development Process and skills for career readiness. 

You can get started on your own or meet with us before you start and at any point. If you would like a thought partner or advisor to work through something, please schedule time to meet with a career advisor in Handshake. The Academic Job Search and Careers Beyond Academia series of events will be important for you to consider. We co-sponsor these series with the Duke Graduate School and the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services. Videos from both series can be found on the Duke Postdoc Services YouTube channel. Many events are co-sponsored for Engineering Master’s students as well.

Identities in the Workplace Series: Navigating Identity and Social Norms in the Workplace with LGBTQIA Alumni

The Identities in the Workplace Series is a collaboration between the Sanford School of Public Policy Career Services office and the Nicholas School for the Environment’s Career Services office. The series consists of 4 alumni panels to discuss identities within …

By Ängela Bonner
Ängela Bonner Assistant Director, Career Services
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Stanback Fellowship Program: Fall 2022 Information Sessions

The Stanback Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Nicholas School of the Environment and non-profit environmental organizations. The purpose of the program is to provide students with significant project-based learning experiences in energy, conservation, advocacy, policy, research and applied resource management. 

By Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him)
Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him) Career Advisor, Discovery & Exploration Career Community
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8 Artist Statements We Love

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“Hey, that was a good artist statement!”

It’s a sentiment you don’t hear very often, and yet it’s what we found ourselves saying after reading the statements below. Artist statements don’t have to …

By Laura Coutts (she/her)
Laura Coutts (she/her) Assistant Director, Career Services
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How do I narrow down my career options?

It is typical to be interested in a variety of career fields, but it can be difficult to know when to narrow down your options, let alone how. By using the Career Development Process, you can gain a better understanding …

By Lauren Coury
Lauren Coury Career Advisor
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The Best Ways to Use Social Media to Expand Your Network

by Doug Camplejohn

Originally appear in the March 07, 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review


Social media can be a highly effective tool for diversifying and evolving one’s network. That said, it can be challenging to reach out to …

By Greg Victory (he/him/his)
Greg Victory (he/him/his) Assistant VP Student Affairs/Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Career Center
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