Welcome, incoming Duke Economics master’s students! The recruiting and job search process begins as soon as you arrive on campus in the fall. If you plan to work in finance after completing your master’s program, then this information is for you.
The finance internship recruiting process starts early and is time consuming. Students will attend corporate presentations with finance firms at the start of the fall semester, and will interview for internships between September and December. Ideally, you should secure a summer internship after your first year in the program. This is an important first step, because interns who do well over the summer sometimes are offered full-time positions after graduation. Without a summer internship, it is quite difficult to obtain a full-time job.
With this fast-paced timeline, we recognize that students will be juggling multiple employment and academic priorities while simultaneously adjusting to life at Duke. Therefore, to get a head start, we suggest you complete the following checklist prior to arriving in Durham. We urge you to take this seriously, as completing this list of suggestions will significantly increase your chances of securing an internship and subsequently a full-time job in the financial markets.
The following checklist items apply to all incoming economics master’s students who plan to apply for jobs in the financial markets.
- Watch our Recruiting & Job Search Preparation video for a brief overview of the recruiting process and what to expect this fall. The information from this video also is available as a PowerPoint presentation.
- Complete your professional résumé and learn how to write a cover letter. Please refer to the Duke Career Center's website for sample résumés and cover letters.
The following items apply to non-native English speakers only
- Arrive on campus in time for International Orientation with The Graduate School, by the start of the second week in August. If you are an international student whose first language is not English, you will be required to take oral and written English placement exams administered by the English for International Students (EIS) Program during the second week in August, prior to the departmental orientation. Depending on your exam results, you are either exempted from or placed into one or more EIS courses. We arrange early test dates for our non-native English speakers to ensure that you can place into the appropriate EIS class as soon as possible.
- Purchase and study the book “Well Said” by Linda Grant. It’s a good idea to start improving your English and interview skills as soon as possible and this series is recommended.
- Listen to TED Talks online to familiarize yourself with the English language. We particularly recommend the TED Talk by Amy Cuddy for candidates preparing for interviews.
- Read English-language newspapers (especially the Wall Street Journal) out loud to improve pronunciation and vocabulary.
- If required to take GS 721 Oral Communication, plan to enroll in your first semester. This course will help to prepare you for interviews.