our guiding principles. Career Everywhere for Everyone.


We create and share content in a way that students want to consume it in order to provide specific guidance and resources about related fields and employers current recruitment practices.


Our resources and tools, programs and events, and communications must be scalable and reach the broadest audiences possible. Our staff should be recognizable and seen as collaborators by students, faculty, our staff colleagues, Duke alumni (and parents), and our employer partners.


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2022-2023 career center initiatives and reflections

A2i: accelerate to industry

 Accelerate to Industry (A2i) is an industry workforce readiness program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers developed by the NC State University Graduate School. The program provides students with knowledge, skills, and abilities that establish long-term professional success.

A2i logo

At Duke, Doctoral students and alumni, attend A2i workshops led by a variety of experts to learn ways to keep the many aspects of their job search organized, and participated in coffee chats to hear from professionals about the journey to industry.

Spring Workshops
Job Search Organization
· From PhD to CEO Workshop
· Networking & Creating Your Team
· Learning Languages of the Industry

Fall Workshops
· Job Search
· Converting CV to Resume
· Interview
· Offer Letter and Negotiation

Coffee Chats with guests
· Dr. Meghan O’Neil, Assistant Director of Bass Connections
· Dr. Sara Weiss, VP and Director of Research at Center for Responsible Lending
· Dr. Josh Stohl, Director of MED-EL’s North American Research Laboratory
· Dr. Gabi Wurmitzer, Planning and implementation of student-facing curricular and co-curricular programs at Duke
· Dr. Chutney Guyton, Contract Specialist for the General Services Administration
· Dr. Corey Guyton, Director of Student Engagement, Middle Georgia State University 

career communities

A way to connect people, information and resources so students can explore interests and find potential opportunities. We encourage students to explore and follow any career community that aligns with their interests, goals, and career plans.

Each community, hosted on Career Hub, is led by a career advisor partnering with employer relations and campus partners. Here are just a few of the benefits of following a career community:

· Jobs, internships, research, and volunteer opportunities curated for members of the community

· Announcements of professional development opportunities, events and career fairs targeted to communities

· Featured blog posts with tips from career advisors, alumni and student success stories, insider info from employers, and other helpful resources

· Recommended tools for exploring careers, networking, researching employers, searching for internships and Jobs, internships, research and volunteer opportunities curated for members of the community

career curricula

Includes education on:

· Self-awareness
· Career exploration
· Building career community
· Job and internship search
· Application materials
· Managing professional relationships
· Interview preparation
· Successfully transitioning to a new role
· The versatility of a biomedical graduate degree

All sessions are recorded so that students have ongoing access to the materials. 

career influencers

The Career Influencer Network recognizes faculty and staff across the Duke community who are having meaningful career conversations and provides support, training, and resources to further career advising expertise.

Career Influencers. Duke Career Center.

The network already has 70 faculty and staff members from a broad range of areas at Duke. The goals of Career Influencer Network are to:

· Acknowledge faculty and staff who are having significant and effective career conversations and provide tools and training to further expertise
· Empower faculty and staff to talk about career readiness and resources confidently
· Eliminate barriers of access to career information and increase equity and access for all students
· Amplify career readiness and professional development resources
· Help students identify helpful humans who are open and willing to talk about career goals


It starts with a 15-minute Strengths Profile assessment, from which students receive realized strengths, unrealized strengths, learned behaviors, and weaknesses.

Duke Catalyst

Then, a debrief of the assessment led by a trained facilitator to help students reflect on results and set up S.M.A.R.T. goals for unlocking the most opportunity from these strengths.

Participants connect with young alumni and build community through resource and project sharing, learn about emerging jobs and opportunities or how to navigate long established industries.

More than 380 students completed the assessment and a debrief with a facilitator this year.

internship funding program

The Duke Career Center’s Internship Funding Program is designed to help support Duke students in their educational pursuit while participating in internships within their related area of study.

Through the generosity of many philanthropic partners, we are able to offer Duke students who accept unpaid or low-paying internships with grants to support living expenses while completing their summer experiences.

For the first time, the program was expanded to Master’s students in 2023 in a collaboration with The Graduate School.

$263,500 awarded

67 students awarded

13 international internship sites

One student nomination included:

“Professor Hernandez has been an invaluable mentor to me and other students. Her unbelievable wealth of experience means she can talk in detail about the various career tracks most students are considering. On several occasions, she has spoken honestly about various tradeoffs that exist in different career tracks. Most important, her generous and inviting attitude makes talking with her easy.”

A Catalyst participant told us:

“With purpose and mission being two of my strengths I got to reflect on a lot of my activities and extracurricular that align with both those strengths. It also allowed me to view my weaknesses as something that I can work on in accordance with my strengths. The nuance between learned strengths and unrealized strengths made me think about my weaknesses in a more dynamic way rather than just feeling bad or hopeless about them.”

Justin Wilson ’23 was an agent trainee intern last summer and wrote about his experience:

“After interning with United Talent Agency and gaining a first-hand experience of the lifestyle and career path to become an agent, I feel even more confident that I am making the right decision to pursue this career.
I understand the qualities necessary to be successful in these spaces, I understand the timeline I’ll follow to get where I want, and I love the entrepreneurial aspect that comes with being an agent.”

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

The Virtual Recruiter Academy provides a range of connections and perspectives for our employer partners. Attendees include peer employers, Duke students, and Career Center staff to discuss diversity recruiting strategies. Attendees leave with ideas and inspiration to create or refresh recruiting. 

This in-person event was created for companies across all industries and provides a great opportunity for employers and student organizations to connect and discuss the organizations, interests, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and career opportunities.

Partnering with Duke’s Neurodiversity Connections and the Autism Society of North Carolina IGNITE Program, staff learned from and educated employers around recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding and supporting neurodiverse students to fill and be successful in high-level roles.

The Career Center sets aside 90-minutes each month for focused work on seeing ourselves, our privilege, and the broad range of marginalized identities that our students hold. The goal of the committee is to use this time to continue staff learning and better serve all students.
Topics covered in monthly meetings this year include:
• Individual growth and visioning
• Intercultural competency
• Intercultural communication and conflict style
• Overview of gender pronouns
• Creating inclusive spaces for transgender and non-binary students
• Trans-inclusive pedagogical practices
• Charting our identity(s)
• LatinX Heritage
• Intersectionality and the danger of a single story
• White Christian Privilege
• Antisemitism
• Undocumented student population

Staff resources were reconfigured to add:
1) Associate Director, Global Careers
to develop programming and resources to support the career development of international students and students interested in pursuing global careers
2) Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
creating opportunities and access for underrepresented and marginalized student populations at Duke. This role will work closely with student leaders, cultural and identity centers, and other offices tasked with supporting these student communities to enhance the resources for and experiences of career readiness and preparedness. 

The staff took part in the premier, cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence, the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) both as a group and as individuals. The measurement has been held in 12 month intervals. In addition all staff participated in Intercultural Communication and Conflict training.
IDI research shows:
• Interculturally competent behavior occurs at a level supported by the individual’s or group’s underlying orientation as assessed by the IDI
• Training and leadership development efforts at building intercultural competence are more
successful when they are based on the individual’s or group’s underlying developmental
orientation as assessed by the IDI.

678 quick question/drop-in sessions
of students said they were employed or continuing their education.
Nearly 90% of all undergraduates will have completed at least one internship before leaving Duke.
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