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Career Services for PhD Students

We offer a wide range of outstanding career support services to all our PhD students.

Our goal is to help you realize your professional goals as you transition from Duke into the workplace.

PhD Plus Professional Development

Duke Engineering's innovative PhD Plus Professional Development Program assists engineering doctoral students by helping them prepare for success in their careers.

Student-driven, PhD Plus offers an array of events throughout the year. Workshop topics have included:

  • Interviewing and networking skills
  • Developing a personal brand
  • Delivering an effective job talk
  • Career paths in venture capital

Find out more about PhD Plus »

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.

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: Including Duke's university-wide career far and the Spring Engineering + Computing Showcase
  • 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 »