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Building a great résumé

Gain meaningful experiences that set you apart in the job market.

Opportunities to learn the field hands-on and build networks are plentiful thanks to Drake’s location in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines, a hub for insurance, politics, publishing, and other fields; the University's outstanding reputation; and respected professors who actively seek to connect you with experiences.

You’ll graduate with the skills, connections, and confidence to launch a career or get accepted to a high-caliber grad school.

What makes it possible

  • Location, reputation, and connections: These add up to a wide variety of meaningful opportunities. Approximately 96.7 percent of Drake undergraduates reported at least one internship or field/clinical experience.
  • Outstanding opportunities for undergraduate research: 55% of Drake seniors in a science discipline reported working on research with a faculty member, compared to 32% nationally.

Career benefits

  • Better career prospects, faster: Among Drake’s 2017 bachelor’s degree recipients, 98.8% had a job or graduate school acceptance within six months of graduation.
  • Increased earnings: Just ten years after entering Drake, graduates earn almost $20,000 more than peers nationally (Department of Education College Scorecard)—No. 1 in the state of Iowa.
  • An outstanding ROI: The Economist ranked Drake University 17th nationally for return on investment—alumni earnings that are above expectation—in the 98th percentile of all four-year U.S. institutions.

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