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.

Pratt Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

A paid opportunity to spend early summer at Duke

MAY 28 TO JULY 29, 2023 | APPLY BY FEB. 15

Duke Electrical & Computer Engineering’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a paid summer opportunity that brings undergraduates into our research laboratories for …

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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C.I.A Information Session: A fresh perspective

This is a 60-75 minute presentation, rich in audience participation, that combines real life examples of espionage, a fair amount of social science and multiple opportunities for audience contributions to understand what motivates “spies” to operate across cultures and around …

By Ängela Bonner
Ängela Bonner Assistant Director, Career Services
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Voyager Scholarship: The Obama- Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together.

The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-founder and CEO, to help shape such leaders. Even though …

By Ängela Bonner
Ängela Bonner Assistant Director, Career Services
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Faculty Flash Talks on Race and Society: Black Excellence in the Arts

Come hear four distinguished Duke Professors discussing the implications of race in their current scholarship. Drs. Jarvis McInnis, Anthony Kelley, Richard Powell and Andrea Woods Valdes (M.F.A.) will provide brief overviews of their current research relating to Black Excellence in the Arts and answer more in depth questions in breakout sessions.

By Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him)
Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him) Assistant Director, Entertainment, Media & Arts Career Community
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Open Now! NBCUniversal Summer 2023 Internship Program Applications

We are excited to announce that Summer 2023 Internship Program applications are live now until February 3rd. As always, we encourage everyone to apply as soon as possible at nbcunicareers.com/internships. Dates and additional details regarding benefits of the Summer 2023 …

By Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him)
Kai Kelley Jr. (he/him) Assistant Director, Entertainment, Media & Arts Career Community
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Careers on Air: First-Generation Students at Google

In this on-demand session from Careers on Air with Google, you can sign up to learn more about First-Generation Students …

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