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How can your DukeEngage experience help you in the professional world?

DukeEngage participants go on to pursue a wide range of personal and professional goals. The hard skills and soft skills acquired during a DukeEngage experience can give students a leg up on graduate school applications and in job interviews. No matter what your future holds, participation in DukeEngage can add immeasurable value to your time at Duke, as you prepare for the next steps in your life and career.

Here’s a little more about the power of soft skills:

DukeEngage Builds Skills Employers Look For

Among the skills most attractive to employers in 2018 are the following. They are also the skills most-often gained or improved during DukeEngage, as reported by program participants.

  • Problem-solving
  • Resiliency – Also Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Willingness to Learn – Also Humility and Curiosity
  • Communication & Teamwork
  • Ethics & Integrity

How Do I Showcase DukeEngage on My Resume & Linkedin Profile?

Things to Include

  • Soft skills: critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, communication, adaptability, conflict resolution, cultural awareness.
  • Time commitment, partnership, reciprocity, flexibility
  • Play up the selectivity: “DukeEngage is a fully-funded and highly selective program that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in 8-weeks of immersive full-time volunteer service in communities around the world.”
  • Funding: Participation in DukeEngage is funded by Duke University
  • Be specific and truthful; highlight mentorship and supervision
  • Emphasize skills and collaboration with your organization
  • Be clear about the duration and specific about time commitment (min. 320 hours)

Ask Yourself

  • What would my community partner think of this description?
  • Does this description accurately represent the work I’ve done?
  • Does the way I have described my work highlight my partnership with my organization?

Good Examples
Additions to your resume should highlight specific skills used to make contributions during your experience, stressing the collaborative effort involved in completing your work.

Research Assistant at/for (lab/project) OR Volunteer Data Collection Analyst (Summer 2017)

  • Conducted a number of bio-diversity surveys in… on (type of fauna)
  • Analyzed (characteristic) in (fauna)
  • Assisted Project Supervisor in general tasks
  • Co-author or Mentioned in (paper) published in…
  • Funding from Duke University

Volunteer (Summer 2016)

  • Created a database that assisted the organization with…
  • Wrote several newsletters about…
  • Tracked health-care related scientific bills

Student Teacher or Education Facilitator/Mentor, Organization’s Name (Summer 2017)

  • Prepared and implemented English lessons at a middle school under supervision from experienced teacher

Partner Organization Intern (Summer 2016)

  • Developed a preventative health campaign
  • Assisted with youth addiction program
  • Created and implemented alternative rehabilitation techniques and training
  • Supported environmental education workshops

Not-so-good Examples
These examples lack detail, overstate responsibilities or fail to illustrate collaboration with team members or community partners.

Chief Database Analyst (Summer of 2017)

  • Created and maintained a database that is used to formulate major policies

Full-time Middle School Teacher (Summer of 2017)

  • Designed and implemented an English curriculum for a middle school

Campaign Manager (Summer of 2017)

  • Single-handedly developed new techniques and training for rehabilitation

Thinking About a Career in the Public Sector or With a Nonprofit?

The Duke Career Center Guide for Nonprofits is a great place to start thinking about what it means to build a career dedicated to the public good.

Learn More