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Career Development

Our goal is to train outstanding basic scientists who either choose to pursue academic research or put their training to use as leaders in non-academic career settings or in academic careers other than at a major research university. The Graduate Program in Immunology is therefore committed to providing our trainees exposure to a range of career options. To this end, we host periodic Career Development Lunches and Symposia in which professionals from different career sectors mentor students about their professional experiences and career paths. We think it is particularly useful for us to help establish networking connections between our current students and former trainees who are enjoying successful careers.

Graduate students who have been admitted to doctoral candidacy by passing their preliminary exams may participate in an internship, Duke certificate or degree granting program if all of the following criteria are met:  the student is in good academic standing and has successfully completed all didactic requirements for the program and has mentor approval.  If there is a perceived conflict with required courses or ongoing thesis research, students need to get a formal approval from their thesis committee and the director of the graduate program.  The approval is subject to review and renewed at annual thesis committee meetings.

School of Medicine

Duke offers many certificate programs designed to provide graduate students with advanced training in interdisciplinary or emerging fields of knowledge. These include the Program in Cell & Molecular Biology, the Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Certificate Program, the Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine Program, the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program, – and the University Program in Genetics and Genomics. Learn More

The School of Medicine Biomedical Graduate Education office runs a career development training session for 3rd year Basic Science graduate students. The ½-day event consists of a career panel with representatives from local industry, teaching and government positions. As part of this career development session, students are required to create Individual Development Plans (IDPs).The goal is to encourage students to reflect on their training and career goals, self-assess their skills and competencies, discuss their goals and competencies with their mentor, and develop short- and long-term training objectives. Learn More

Students interested to gain teaching experience during their training should explore Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology (BOOST). BOOST is STEM program looking for mentors to work with middle to high school students in the Durham Public Schools. Learn More

Graduate School

Students are encouraged to embrace professional development throughout their training at Duke. The Duke Graduate School helps students to identify potential career paths and develop the skills to compete for them. Programs include the Certificate in College Teaching, Preparing Future Faculty, the Emerging Leaders Institute, a Professional Development Series and the Teaching IDEAS series.  Events like Career Exploration Lab, LinkedIn Lab, and mentoring workshops expand the concept of networking and building skill sets. Learn More

Career Center Graduate Student Services

In recent years, the university has expanded the services offered in the Career Center with staff devoted to assist graduate students. Resources include alumni networking groups, academic search utilities, LinkedIn groups for nonacademic careers, and STEM doctorate job boards for nonacademic careers. The center partners with the Graduate School to provide two exploration programs, the Careers in Academia Series and the Careers Beyond Academia Series. Learn more