First Generation/Low Income

Information and resources for those who identify as First Generation / Low Income

From the article, Career Development Needs of First-Generation Students by Heather Maietta, for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), we understand that a selection of the common barriers students face includes:

  • can possess unrealistic career goals, or have career goals without understanding the aspirations associated with their decision
  • may be uncomfortable in a college environment
  • may have trouble navigating campus services
  • likely face acute financial pressures
  • could be more comfortable with professors and staff than peers, viewing faculty and staff as experts whose acceptance they crave, while being less focused on the social aspects of college
  • may be under the impression they should not ask questions
  • could have low self-efficacy
  • often experience feelings of not belonging/impostor syndrome

We hope to continue to add resources that might be helpful and if you find something valuable, please share it with us.

Duke First Office Hours Program

Check out Duke First Alumni Group’s latest program to help you navigate Duke!

We know that navigating Duke can feel overwhelming at times, and the Duke FIRST alumni group is here to help!

We’ve created the Duke First Office Hours …

By Christina Plante
Christina Plante Assistant Director of Career Services Christina Plante
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Sophomore SPARK Summit 2022

Sophomores, join your peers January 29th, 2022 from 11am-4pm at the Rubenstein Arts Center to unlock your superpowers during an immersive conference experience featuring engaging panels, hands-on activities, and one-on-one connections with peers and alumni.  

Register here to gain access to …

By Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him)
Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him) Career Advisor, Discovery & Exploration Career Community Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him)
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Princeton University Press (PUP) Publishing Fellowship

The second cycle of the Princeton University Press (PUP) Publishing Fellowship is open from January 7 until January 31, 2022. The position is for undergraduate students and alums from any academic background.

The Publishing Fellowship is full-time, salaried and includes benefits, including …

By Laura Coutts (she/her)
Laura Coutts (she/her) Assistant Director, Career Services Laura Coutts (she/her)
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Learning the Lingo Beyond Academia

In the first few weeks/months of a grad program, you’re inundated with new concepts and vocabulary – what discipline-specific language should you know? What research tools will you be using? What are some respected journals in this field?

If you’re …

By Laura Coutts (she/her)
Laura Coutts (she/her) Assistant Director, Career Services Laura Coutts (she/her)
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Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program at Duke University readies emerging scholars to apply cutting-edge data science techniques to energy challenges.

The program is open to doctoral students at Duke University, North Carolina A&T State University, North …

By Rachel Coleman (she/hers)
Rachel Coleman (she/hers) Director, Career Development and Education Rachel Coleman (she/hers)
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