This page is intended to give you a brief overview of why and how to hire a current Fuqua MBA student or Fuqua alumni for either a full time position or summer internship. Even if your organization has never hired an MBA for full time or summer employment we hope this page and its links will provide you with the tools to do so. CASE works closely with employers, Fuqua’s Career Management Center (CMC) and the Net Impact Club to support students and alumni interested in pursuing social sector internships and careers.
Why hire a Duke MBA?
Are you seeking fresh leadership talent and management skills for your social sector organization? Duke MBAs are well-known for their outrageous ambition to make a difference in business and society! Our students and alumni have a breadth of experience, global outlook and strategic mindset that enables them to adapt and apply business expertise in the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact. View a sample list of alumni working in the social sector.
Who are Duke MBAs?
Our students arrive at Duke with an average of five years of work experience and an average age of 28. Prior to coming to business school, many of them have held significant responsibility, managed cross-functional teams and gained extensive knowledge in their professional area of focus. During their first year of school our students broaden their knowledge of the business world, enhance their leadership and teamwork skills and gain valuable insight into functions and industries that are different than the ones from which they came. In the second year, students have the choice of undertaking a wide-ranging general management education designed to suit students individual goals, or of focusing more directly on particular career paths through a variety of inter-disciplinary concentration and certificate opportunities.
In recruiting Duke MBAs, realize that they are interested in this type of employment for the “double bottom-line.” That is, they hope to have the opportunity to use their MBA skill set, but they also want opportunities to be directly engaged in the social mission of your organization.
Never hired an MBA before for summer or full time employment?
If you are a social sector organization looking to recruit MBAs, then you most likely already have relevant positions within your organizations dealing with marketing, accounting, finances, operations, or some other aspect of your business activity. For nonprofit employers, the biggest challenge may be defining the specifics around how a Duke MBA student can be useful to your organization. For helpful tips, please download our Guide for Nonprofits/Social Sector Employers Seeking to Hire MBAs. For additional information on hiring MBAs, visit the MBA Nonprofit Connection.
For tips on hiring Duke MBA students as summer interns, visit the Career Management Center.
If you are interested in coming to campus to recruit our MBA students for either summer internships or full-time postiions, you can investigate the various options available through the Career Mangement Center here. One option is to attend the annual Sustainable Business Career Fair (usually held in January). This fair is hosted jointly by Duke Fuqua and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Schools and presents an opportunity for nonprofit, government, or for-profit organizations to meet MBAs and other graduate students interested in careers in social or environmentally sustainable business. Read more.
Suggested Template for Writing a Job Description
(Content provided by the MBA Non-Profit
Address: This information is required on most school websites, even if the organization wants applications sent by e-mail.
Industry: Most schools request an industry designation. Often "nonprofit" is sufficient, but you could add something more specific, such as “education" or "environment," for sites that can handle more detail.
Function: Most schools request a function designation (marketing, operations, general management, etc.)
Brief Description of Organization: Could include: mission, capsule description of programs, annual budget, and staff size. Provide web address.
Desired Qualifications and Experience: A carefully thought-out list of qualifications will encourage applicants with the most appropriate backgrounds to apply and also help them write meaningful, focused cover letters.
Application Deadline (if desired):
Preferred Start Date: This lets second-year students know if it is appropriate for them to apply. (If no start date is given, second-years may assume that employers can wait till summer to fill the positions, when in fact most nonprofits are hoping to fill jobs within a month or two of the posting date.)
Application Instructions: Specify if you want a cover letter, as applicants might otherwise assume that a resume is sufficient.