Career Exploration & Planning

Whether you are just beginning college or are approaching graduation, the Center for Career Development will help you prepare for your future. Take advantage of a one-on-one appointment with a Career Consultant, utilize virtual resources, connect with employers, and attend programs and workshops designed to help you explore careers and develop job-search skills.



What to Expect

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Visit us on the 6th floor of the Duquesne Union.

Personalized Career Consultations

You can meet with a Career Consultant who is specific to your area of study and will take a personalized approach to help you meet your unique needs. Visit Handshake to schedule an appointment.

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It all starts with a Handshake.

Access to Handshake

Your 24/7 Resource to Career Development: Handshake is Duquesne University's exclusive online job and internship recruiting system that connects you to recruiters, programs, events and career fairs. You can search and apply for internships and career-related opportunities and will have access to features including a resource library, events, and career fairs.

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Join us for events virtually or on campus.

Events to Support your Success and Connections with Employers

We are committed to building lasting relationships with employer's right in our backyard and around the country. Professional recruiters volunteer to be guest speakers, conduct practice interviews and perform resume critiques right on campus. With their support, the Center for Career Development hosts events throughout the academic year to help you develop professional and job search skills including Career Fairs, Resume Review Days, and Panel Discussions. Visit Handshake to view and register for events.

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Don't miss the Duquesne University backdrop at our Career Fairs to get a perfect professional headshot.

Career Closet

The Duquesne University Career Closet provides students with interview and work attire as they transition into the professional world. There are items in the closet that are for borrowing for one-time occasions and items that a student can keep. To schedule an appointment to meet with a campus consultant, or make a donation to the Career Closet, email

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Identify internship and experiential learning opportunities by meeting employers on campus. 

Internship Support

All Duquesne students are strongly encouraged to do internships and other forms of experiential learning. This is an excellent way to apply classroom learning to professional settings and develop a variety of lifelong skills while forming new connections. Whether exploring majors and career paths or expanding upon current interests, gaining relevant experience throughout your time at Duquesne paves the way to bigger goals. The Center for Career Development is here to support your internship search through career fairs, workshops, panels, career road trips, on-demand resources, and individualized guidance from your Career Consultant. Internship credit courses are also offered for various majors and include the direction of a faculty sponsor, reflection assignments, and evaluations.

Virtual Resources

Duquesne students and alumni have access to the following virtual resources free of charge.

You can utilize Focus2, Duquesne’s online career, major and education exploration planning system for helping you choose a major, build your career goals and learn important job information. Focus2 gives you free access to a wide range of career assessments that help you explore your values, skills, interests and personality.

Based upon your results, it then makes suggestions of possible career paths and Duquesne majors that could be a fit for you. It also links you to important career information and resources to help you evaluate your options and make an informed decision. It’s an easy-to-use, one-stop shop for all your career exploration needs! 



Big Interview is an on-demand online interviewing platform that you can use to practice and prepare for upcoming interviews. You can use the Fast Track for a quick review or devote some time to the Mastery Track to develop strong interviewing skills.

Visit our Duquesne-designated link for Big Interview to register for an account. You will need to enter your email address to register. Please contact if you encounter issues with registration.

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Use CareerShift to search, select, and store job listings from job boards and company job postings. Get up-to-date contact information for millions of companies while reviewing in-depth information about them. Please contact or call (888) 232-0632 for any issues with registration.

The Job & Internship Board on Handshake is just one of the platforms amazing features. Brose 500 top employers hiring now for internships, part time, and full time jobs across the country.

Teamwork Online provides job and internship listings in sports organizations and many career fields. When completing your profile, indicate "sport" in your major to utilize the system (i.e. sport-accounting).

DukesConnect is Duquesne's virtual networking platform. Sign in with your multipass for access to hundreds of Duquesne alumni, employers, and friends who are willing to offer advice and mentorship. Review 12 feeds featuring career news, events, sub-platforms for each school, and other opportunities to help you in your career journey.

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Hear from Our Students

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"I have found that going to different career fairs and taking advantage of the career center is extremely important when going through the process of a job or intern search. I am joining DukesConnect because I am interested in the opportunities within the world of finance. I hope to use this platform to find different job opportunities within the workplace."

Drew Engle Finance Major, Class of 2025
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I would recommend [the Center for Career Development] because they care deeply about the future careers of all Duquesne students.

Kaylee Russman '22

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