Careers & Connecting with Alumni

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For you, life after Duke might include your first professional job, or graduate school, or a year spent teaching or traveling. Whatever your interests are, talk with your advisors about how to prepare in the best way possible.

Interested in what other alumni have done?

What's one way to see the legacy of a great university? Watch what its alumni do! Here are just a few of the many Duke alumni who are making a difference in the world today.

Notable Alumni

Alumni Career Survey

We conducted an alumni survey in 2017 to track the career paths of our undergraduates over time. We looked at more than 30 career categories and grouped majors by four major divisions: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. We surveyed the class of 1997 (20 years after graduation), the class of 2007 (10 years after graduation), and the class of 2012 (5 years after graduation). What we found is that alumni are active in nearly all career categories, regardless of major!

Career Survey Results

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Preparing for Your Career

Duke's Career Center provides services, programs, events, online tools and resources for undergraduates, graduate students and alumni up to four years after graduation from Duke. We have the human, technological and information resources to support your career exploration in a dynamic marketplace. Take advantage of our professional development and career searching processes--through primarily face-to-face interactions.

Duke Career Center

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Career Networking - the Power of Being a Duke Alumnus

When you combine the talent and expertise of Duke alumni with their expansive global reach, you get a powerful professional network capable of influencing success in any industry. The Duke Alumni Association puts this dynamic network at your fingertips. Log in today.

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Post-Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows is the resource center for anyone eligible to apply for post-graduate awards: the Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill, and Fulbright among them. OUSF also serves undergraduates who are eligible to apply for awards granted in advance of graduation. Students are advised to begin planning for their applications early, and to work closely with the OUSF advisors.

Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows

Leadership Training - Practice, Service, Mentorship

The Hart Fellows Program (HFP) offers recent Duke graduates 10-month fellowships with organizations abroad that are facing complex social, political and humanitarian problems. This capstone experience helps fellows develop their own vision for ethical leadership as they move into professional life. Since its inception in 1995, 102 Hart Fellows have served community partner organizations in 40 countries across six continents.

Hart Fellows engage in research service-learning (RSL): they produce community-based research projects of tangible benefit to the organizations they serve, while engaging in structured, critical reflection about their work. Fellows are paired with experienced mentors within their host organizations, and gain direct experience working on global issues such as forced migration, HIV/AIDS, and youth-focused poverty alleviation. Fellows help to build organizational capacity, write grants and document programs.

The Hart Fellows Program is designed to build Fellows’ capacity for leadership outside of conventional professional knowledge. 

Hart Fellows Program