We offer a wide range of career services to all our graduate students.

Career Services

The Engineering Master's Career Services Team and the Duke Career Center offer a wide range of outstanding career support services to all our master's and PhD students. Our goal is help you realize your professional goals as you transition from Duke into the workplace.

Here is a summary of the services we offer.

Master's Career Services

  • The Seven Indicators for Search Success: A competency model developed by the Pratt Career Services Team
  • Career Advising: One-on-one appointments and weekly drop-in sessions
  • Workshops and Guest Speakers: Resume and cover letter development, job search strategies, interviewing and networking skills; and more
  • Career Fair Preparation: Including prep for Pratt's innovative TechConnect student-employer event and Duke's Career Fair
  • Company Visits in Research Triangle Park (RTP): Near campus, in the world's largest research park — home to 250-plus businesses
  • Engagement with Employers & Professionals: Industry roundtables and employer visits
  • Weekly Newsletter: With links to events, job and internship opportunities, and must-read career development articles

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PhD Career Services

Writing Workshops

Each semester, the Pratt School of Engineering provides scientific and technical writing workshops, led by an academic writing expert and educator, and designed to assist our PhD students in building this important career skill set.

PhD Plus

The PhD Plus Professional Development Program assists engineering doctoral students by helping them prepare for success in their careers. This innovative program offers an array of events throughout the year — including summer workshops, practical seminars and networking opportunities. PhD Plus workshop topics have included:

  • Practicing skills for interviews and networking
  • Developing your personal brand
  • Delivering an effective job talk
  • An engineering PhD's career path in venture capital

More details on the PhD Plus website.

Career Center Services

Duke’s Career Center provides programs designed especially for doctoral (PhD) students:

  • Career Advising: One-on-one and group appointments
  • Graduate Student Career Fairs: Held throughout the academic year
  • Career Preparation Series: CV and resume development, cover letter writing, obtaining an internship, sharpening interview skills
  • Academic Job Search Strategies: For those seeking research, professorial, and university administration opportunities
  • Job Search Strategies for Careers Beyond Academia: For those seeking opportunities in industry, the private sector and government
  • Transferrable Skills Training: Coaching to identify your full set of marketable skills
  • Networking Skill Development: Including utilizing social media, such as LinkedIn
  • For International Students: Interview skills training

More details on the Duke Career Center website.

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